• Rarechild – “Mistakes” & “Let the Sky Light Up”

    Amongst the million-and-one Brooklyn bands, it would have been easy to lose sight of Rahim, as their darkly constructed material was hardly accessible on first listen.  But given more spins to their full-length Laughter (QRO review), and it becomes something very impressive – a standout amongst the million-and-one Brooklyn...
  • Wax Idols – “All Too Human”

    Wax Idols is headed up by Heather Fedewa (formerly of Hunx & his Punx, currently of Blasted Canyons), and she reaches out to a revolving ensemble of west coast killers to help her nail down a heavy, heady, hearty sound. Bikini Kill meets Bangles, alternating between snare-driven pop hooks...
  • Music From Upper Egypt

    I visited Egypt last year with a friend. We hit Cairo for the Pyramids, Luxor for the Valley of the Kings, and then headed further south for some adventures in Upper Egypt. We parted ways at Aswan, where he found some "Nubian Music", and later sent me the CD....
  • IVANA XL – “I LOVE YOU DIE I LOVE YOU”

    There are catchier numbers on IVANA XL’s Love, Santa than "I LOVE YOU DIE I LOVE YOU", like the foot-tapping "Greene". Quirkier numbers too, like the toddler-core of "DOE A DEER" and "L’amico Fritz". But if you’re looking for a stripped-down folk ballad with the same kind of sad,...
  • Your 33 Black Angels – “Dead Like Me”

    The Brooklyn-based classic alt-Americana outfit Your 33 Black Angels is just rounding out a string of local shows before they take off for France, touring in support of their latest album songs from the near bleak future. Color me jealous. I could go for a Kronenberg 1664, a lit...
  • ROBOTANISTS – “The Lack Thereof”

    I’d love to see L.A.’s ROBOTANISTS at a live show. They’re one of those acts, I bet, where all the sheen, polish, glam & glitter (well, maybe not ALL the glam & glitter) that you hear on the record falls away to reveal a really ballsy rock n roll...
  • The People’s Temple – “Keeper (of Souls)”

    "RIYL The 13th Floor Elevators" is an understatement. The Michigan-based band The People’s Temple hits the southern psych-blues flutter on the nose with their new album Sons Of Stone. Expect a few sonic curveballs though. The band is made up of two pairs of brothers and that family vibe...
  • Det Vackra Livet – “Viljan” (Dan Lissvik remix)

    While the US fans who have been snubbed of The Mary Onettes tour last Spring due to a certain temperamental Icelandic volcano, can get some consolation on the fact that they have new material.  Well, not quite but close.  Philip and Henrik Ekström of The Mary Onettes have a...
  • Kim Jong Chill – “Twitter Freestyle” (KILOOFBLOWJOBS)

    Kim Jong Chill just sort of popped up on Twitter a while back. Looks like one of those random mystery joke accounts, except the dude dropped a freestyle single "Twitter Freestyle." It’s kind of a messy, latenight jam — but it’s a fun messy, latenight jam. Come up with...
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