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Indie Music Reviews: ‘Several Shades of Why’ by J Mascis

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Indie Music Reviews:  Several Shades of Why by J Mascis Release Date: March 15, 2011 Sub Pop We have a new review up of Several Shades of Why, the latest album from indie rocker J Mascis. The review was written by Gravy and Biscuits writer Holly Miller-Carufel. J Mascis: Several Shades of Why Review J Mascis Bio More Music Reviews  

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Vivian Girls: ‘Share the Joy’ Review

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Artist: Vivian Girls Album: Share the Joy Label: Polyvinyl Sometimes, there is a band or a record that makes you wish you were a teenager growing up in the 1950s or 60s. With their third full-length release, and first for indie powerhouse Polyvinyl Records, Brooklyn trio Vivian Girls have done just that with Share the Joy. This effort finds the ...

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Wild Beasts: ‘Smother’ Review

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Artist: Wild Beasts Album: Smother Label: Domino Records When U.K. quartet Wild Beasts released their second full length album Two Dancers in 2009, it seemed imminent that the lads were on the verge of something big. This wasn’t your father’s English import rock ‘n roll band of yesteryear; these guys offered something different. Lush, melancholy melodies drifted over perfect percussive parts ...

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Funeral Party: ‘The Golden Age of Knowhere’ Review

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Artist: Funeral Party Album: The Golden Age of Knowhere Label: Sony Music/RCA/Jive One might think a band named Funeral Party would be a gloom and doom band with a legion of wristcutters as their fanbase. Although their band name may be taken from a song title by 1980′s goth alternative supergroup The Cure, Funeral Party’s newest release, The Golden Age ...

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Akron/Family: ‘Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT’ Review

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Artist: Akron/Family Album: Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT Label: Dead Oceans Akron/Family makes messy albums. The New York City band got their start in 2004 under Michael Gira’s Young Gods label after sending Gira several albums worth of tapes they recorded on makeshift recording equipment in their Brooklyn apartment. Gira describes the unpredictability of their ...

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Bibio: ‘Mind Bokeh’ Review

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Artist:Bibio Album: Mind Bokeh Label: Warp Records Mind Bokeh,  Bibio’s sixth studio album and third with Warp Records, serves as nothing more than a let down.  Bibio (Stephen Wilkinson) is an English producer known mostly for his experimental and innovative nature.  He describes Mind Bokeh as “a balance of the familiar and non familiar”, and although this may be an ...

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Okkervil River: ‘I Am Very Far’ Review

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Artist: Okkervil River Album: I Am Very Far Label: Jagjaguwar Using 2010 to serve as back up band for the legendary/mythical Roky Erickson (watch “You’re Gonna Miss Me”), Okkervil River is back with I Am Very Far. Marking a swift and dramatic separation from the style of their two previous albums, their sixth is guaranteed to fester in your brain ...

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A Conversation about Phoenix’s ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’

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[itunes link="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1901/id315002203?uo=4" title="Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" text="Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"] has generated so much buzz in the last year. Here are some of our writers’ thoughts on the Phoenix and their latest album. Josh McRae:  Phoenix‘s fourth album is what a lot of people, especially critics, are calling a masterpiece. I tend to disagree with critics on basis of principle, which is ...

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