BRÅVES By BRÅVES

BRÅVES | BRÅVES | Rating: 8/11 Within the span of a year, a year of BRÅVES repeatedly dropping obscure breadcrumb trails of sound that varied between minimalism and lushly sensual exercises in electronic sound design (the BRÅVES EP II and III EP in 2016), what we’ve been dealing with is a mystery trio with top line musical game for days who […]

Modern Primitive By The Kin

The Kin | Modern Primitive | Rating: 8/11 The strength of brothers Isaac and Thorald Koren and Mark “Shakerleg” Nicosia’s brand of alt-rock as The Kin has always come from a place of bracing openness; a kind of lyrically bleeding through one’s emotional walls much the same way that Nicosia would bleed through the tape on his hands during a […]

Roadhouse 01 By Allan Rayman

Allan Rayman | February 24, 2017 | Rating: 9/11 “I am the wolf / I walk alone” In those words lie, for the curious and the uninitiated, the crux of the Allan Rayman narrative and begs that we forgo individual song dissection or a bullet point list of the worth of Roadhouse 01’s 13 songs: it deserves better than being […]

Feel Your Feelings Fool! By The Regrettes

The Regrettes | January 13, 2017 | Rating: 8.5/11 | By today’s musical (let alone by traditional punk rock) standards, at 46 minutes The Regrettes’ debut Feel Your Feelings Fool! is a long ass record but that’s probably because the teenage, not yet legal-to-drink Los Angeles quartet had a lot of shit to say with zero urge to bite their collective tongues: […]

Traces By Madaila

Madaila | November 4, 2016 | Rating: 9.5/11 | As a general rule, it’s always in a writer’s best interest not to lapse into unfortunate cases of hyperbole. So while thinking about this Madaila thing in a straight, linear thought pattern rather than randomly musing, it occurred to me that if you have trouble digesting Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s neurosis, perhaps […]

Femejism By Deap Vally

Deap Vally | Femejism | Rating: 8/11 | If the title of Deap Vally’s new record doesn’t make things clear, let me help you out: Deap Vally are not here for your foolishness. No, sir. They’re here to blow up the outside world from the delicate and ladylike perch of their womanhood, wrecking any and all absurd patriarchal tendencies lingering […]

Shape Shift With Me By Against Me!

Against Me! | Shape Shift With Me | Rating: 9/11 | On 2014’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, we found Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace (and she “found” herself) growling and belting her freedom in gutsy, visceral glory. It wasn’t pretty but it wasn’t supposed to be: it was an honest engagement of the noise going on between the head and heart, […]