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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 ...

BROADSIDE-PARADISE

One of the aspects I love about music is how it can make one feel. I also love how we can associate an album or song with something. These have always been two elements that stand out about music to me. Two years ago I was introduced to a band from Richmond, VA and upon first listen I didn’t feel anything or like what I ...

Royal Blood Wonder How They Got So Dark… and They Have Us Wondering Too

Brighton rockers Royal Blood burst onto my radar back in 2014, first with their Out of the Black EP and then with their full-length debut that released not long afterwards. Their rowdy blend of rock ‘n’ roll immediately caught my attention, and so when the time came for their sophomore effort I jumped at the chance to ...

Fire from the Gods Retell the Narrative on Latest

Rap metal revivalists Fire from the Gods made waves last year with their full-length debut Narrative, and now they’re making even bigger waves with Narrative Retold. The Austin-based quintet’s new release is a reissue of their 2016 effort, with slightly-reworked compositions in addition to a couple of brand new cuts. With ...

LEAST OF THESE-WOLVES

One of the aspects I love about music so much is how it can make a person feel.  This seems to be a common theme in my world. Back in 2013, I was introduced to a band from Denton, TX called Least of These. I was instantly a fan. At that point in my life, I was on a different journey than the one I am now, and they were the ...

Reacting to Lil’ Yachty’s “Teenage Emotions”

I first had an inkling Lil' Yachty was a big deal when I saw his name pop up on some lineups for festivals booked by EDM/Hip Hop promoter Prime Social Group, including the notorious Number Fest in Athens, OH. My suspicions were confirmed when I was strolling down Sixth Street at SXSW this year and I found myself in the middle ...