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Resident… But Where? Residente Explores His Roots on Solo Debut

René Pérez Joglar. Most folks know the 39-year-old Puerto Rican “Residente” as the former emcee of iconic Latin hip-hop collective Calle 13. Yet, in spite of winning more Latin Grammy’s than any other artist, a few years ago Residente decided it was time to start a new chapter, so he disbanded Calle 13 and before long ...

Ghost Key’s “If I Don’t Make It” is brutal in more ways than one

Ghost Key is an intense band, no bones about it. Vocalist Austin O'Brien has a lot to get off his chest. I've noticed that each time I've experienced the band live. The difference between experiencing the band in a live setting and sitting down and really digesting the record, for me, is the emotional impact. Before we ...

Hello Luna’s “Ghost of You” makes good angst for a rainy day

As I was sitting here getting ready to begin this review, the phrase "rock and roll for a rainy day" came to mind. My surroundings definitely had something to do with it. My clothes are damp, its grey and steadily raining outside, and a protest march just passed Mission Coffee (where I write this) on High Street. Angry people ...

Souther Is For Lovers (it should be one phrase, ya know?)

Sometime just over six months ago I began to hear murmurs of a band called Souther. Months later I found myself at their EP release show, which sold out. Not only did an all local lineup sell out a club, but I was stunned at their stage presence. Carly of Souther has a personality that translates to a phrase somewhere ...

Secret Cameras get funky and frantic on new EP

Secret Cameras have been described as a synth pop entity. I would argue there's a lot more than that to this band, but when crafting those pesky PR emails it can be daunting to throw a mouthful of terms at the media. Shout out to the band's manager for being persistent - this band's sound is at once familiar and unique and ...

Faintheart’s EP is neither faint nor short on heart

Every once in awhile, RadioU scoops me on a band. Faintheart is one of those groups. Turns out they are buds with The Notionaries too (that's the dance pop spin-off band from Abandon Kansas members, remember?). Well gosh, now I guess I HAVE to review this EP. Geez. I kid. But in this era of hardcore, pop punk, and synth ...

Closeness bring mystery and harmony with ‘Personality Therapy’ EP

Closeness is truly a labor of love, and you can hear it in the music. You might know the duo of Todd and Orenda Fink as the frontman of The Faint and one half of Azure Ray, respectively. The sound of Closeness is literally years in the making - nearly thirteen, to be exact. "Personality Therapy" is an appropriate title ...