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Today, I bring to you a band that wears its heart on its sleeve….

Today I bring to you a band that wears its heart on its sleeve. A band that has an emotional connection to each word written their songs. When I first met these guys, it was a show they shared with us and had no idea what to expect. I remember asking them what kind of music they played and their response was “Sad ...

DED Brings The Misanthropy Back to Nu Metal on Debut

For much of the mid 2000s and early 2010s, nu metal was considered the laughing stock of the rock and metal super-genres, but a few years ago it made a vengeful comeback and arguably has been back in full swing ever since. Don’t get me wrong, we’re relatively far removed from nu metal’s 2001 heyday, now over a decade ...

Toro y Moi returns with the oddly named “Boo Boo”

Toro y Moi was a paradigm altering artist for me. At times I yearn for the early days of music journalism when the wide world of subgenres was just beginning to open up to me, a kid who's bread and butter was hard Christian rock for years! One of those albums to shake up my musical perception was Toro y Moi's "Anything In ...

Portugal. The Man’s Latest… Through the Ears of a First-Time Listener

Over four years have passed since 2013’s Evil Friends, but Alaskan rockers Portugal. The Man are finally back with Woodstock. The wait was certainly not without reason though, nor was it the band simply sitting on their laurels. Before I delve into my thoughts on Woodstock, I want to be wholly honest with you, the reader: I ...

Insomniac Folklore mystifies with the gloomy “Everything Will Burn”

Insomniac Folklore might be one of the more fascinating acts I've come across in recent years. The two times I have seen them perform have both been at Urbana, IL's Audiofeed Festival. In 2016 and 2017 I got to catch a portion of a set they performed suitable for children - complete with an appearance of the lamb puppet ...

Playing to Vapors takes math rock to the mainstream with “Shred the Master Design”

I've had this album for a long time now, and Playing to Vapors is one of my favorite bands out of the Midwest. I know this band very well, and yet here I sit still unsure how to put together this album review. This uncertainty doesn't arise from dissatisfaction from the record. Quite the opposite, actually. Though, to be ...

Com Truise’s “Iteration”: Where Tycho meets S U R V I V E and more

We live in an era where the synthesizer is moving back to the forefront of music. Com Truise's first record in six years is perfectly timed in that regard. I feel that some people are going to see the title of this review and tell me I'm insane for comparing Com Truise to Tycho, but allow me to explain. The S U R V I V E ...