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Smallpools – LOVETAP!

Streaming on Spotify now, the highly anticipated debut album from Smallpools, LOVETAP!, is the perfect fusion of their self titled EP and what anyone could hope for from the LA quartet. Smallpools have a way of putting out the perfect pop earworm every time and LOVETAP! definitely upholds that trend. "American Love," a ...

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Hidden Hospitals – Surface Tension

Hidden Hospitals has a long history within its ranks. And they're looking to extend that legacy through the release of their first ever LP, titled Surface Tension. What do I think of when I hear that a record has been given this title? I think of tranquility that is slightly disturbed. I think of poignant movements - ...

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James Bay – Chaos And The Calm

British singer/songwriter James Bay has been receiving widespread recognition since mid-2013. He’s released three EPs (The Dark of the Morning, Let It Go, & Hold Back the River), gone on tour with acts like Hozier, and won the 2015 “Critic’s Choice” Brit Award. Despite the aforementioned acknowledgement, Bay is ...

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Mini Mansions – The Great Pretenders

Michael Shuman is best known for his work with Queens of the Stone Age, but his rock résumé had already been developed long before then thanks to his first band, Wires on Fire. Because of this, just a year or two after joining the famed Palm Desert rockers, Shuman decided he wanted a lighter musical outlet. Enter Zach Dawes ...

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Big Data – 2.0

Last year, Brooklyn’s Big Data took the alternative music world by storm with the hit single “Dangerous.” The song, which features fellow indie rockers Joywave, was initially released in October of 2013, but didn’t take off until hitting the airwaves in early 2014. A year removed from first exposure, Alan Wilkis is ...

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Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Four years ago, I don’t think anybody could’ve predicted how much success Kendrick Lamar would find with mainstream audiences. Born Kendrick Duckworth, Lamar initially garnered critical acclaim in the underground hip-hop community for his work under the name K-Dot. His debut studio album, Section.80, was yet another ...

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Seven Lions – The Throes of Winter – EP

I was first introduced to Seven Lions in late 2013 by one of my roommates after overhearing a couple tracks on a Spotify playlist of his. While I don’t necessarily enjoy dubstep most of the time (truthfully I find the monotony of buildups and bass drops to be antiquated these days), there was something different about Seven ...