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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Quarters

Words: Steve Knapp From the very beginning Quarters is all throwback, but throwback done right and in a way modern listeners will appreciate. It starts with the hum of a record just before the needle drops, sending you into an all-too-slick lounge guitar lick that sets the tone for the album as a whole. It’s music that ...

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Django Django – Born Under Saturn

Words: Steve Knapp Django Django’s Born Under Saturn is a return to everything that gained them notoriety in the first place. It’s a return of that quirky combination of Devo, Beach Boys and world beats. Their harmonies are tighter and more thoroughly thought out this time with the hook heavy “Shake & Tremble” ...

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Digisaurus – No More Room For Love

It's hard to know how to fill up a 300-ish word review when one band accomplishes a task consistently and cleanly. Digisaurus is one such band. James Allison, the frontman of the band, contributed to my life's soundtrack during a key transition period in my life. The summer of 2011 I had just graduated from college and ...

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Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic

Words: Steve Knapp Let’s get this out of the way first: Coma Ecliptic is going to upset a lot of Between the Buried and Me fans. Not because of offensive content or anything subjective like that, this album will polarize purely because of the jump it made from the release that precedes it. And while I know this is going ...

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NOX BOYS: Punk won’t die in Pittsburgh


by Ryan Mincey For the last few years, when people in my town thought of young local bands, they would probably think of Nox Boys. Nox Boys, hailing from the Blawnox suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were very well known among my high school peers, and many schools in the Pittsburgh area. With the band being composed of ...

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Jacey Jasnoch’s “Made For This” – song by song

It could be argued that pop music is under more scrutiny than ever. Radio stations that are owned by conglomerates have it down to a science - picking and choosing the songs that they just know will get eaten up by the public. So, Jacey Jasnoch is in a bit of a precarious position. Sell out or be authentic? Well, he may have ...

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Joy Williams – VENUS

I feel like a large portion of albums I’ve started to review more often have all followed a consistent pattern. There’s a category that encompasses solo records and side projects, and for the past few reviews, I’ve spent time talking about the freedom an artist has to change up their sound and create something they ...