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The Orwells – Disgraceland

First of all “Disgraceland” is a badass name for an album, so props to The Orwells for that.  While we are on the topic of good names, I was actually drawn to originally listening to The Orwells because I thought it was a cool band name, assuming they call themselves that because of George Orwell.  This is the first ...

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Islander – Violence & Destruction

For years nu metal has been scoffed at any time someone hears those two words in the same breath. Ever since a decreased level of popularity in the mid 2000’s, the style of music pioneered by Korn in the mid to late ‘90s has lost quite a bit of its staying power. However, in the past year or two the once-dead genre has ...

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Ever Burning Bright – Against All Odds

Reviewing a fresh-faced band - not to the national scene, but to an audience in general is always a daunting task. You want to encourage their passion while giving constructive criticism that doesn't turn off readers new to the group from checking them out. Ever Burning Bright, a group of friends from Columbus is a hard ...

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Masked Intruder – M.I.

Pop punk has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. From the first time I heard Dookie and Smash 20 years ago to hearing Dude Ranch a few years later to the present crop of bands. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the bands that are out today but most of them are not good. And what is it with all the pizza stuff? ...

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Dry Bones – Father Figure

Over the past 12 years I have lived in a quite a few states and it always seems to be in or close to a city/town known for its music scene. The two the really stick out are Chapel Hill, NC and Nashville, TN. Both of these places are music hubs, great music and even greater venues. Four years ago I moved to Columbus. The only ...

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Miniature Tigers – Cruel Runnings

By Juliet Kozlow Miniature Tigers have transformed their sound through every release- 2012's Mia Pharaoh played with melding Tell It To the Volcano's Weezer-esque pop punk and playful electronic 80's influences. However, a release perfectly timed at the start of summer, Cruel Runnings appears to be where Miniature Tigers ...

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Papertwin – Vox Humana

By Juliet Kozlow What's fascinating about Papertwins' Vox Humana is how after listening, suddenly all you want to do is hear the songs live. Although synth-laden alternative bands are definitely a trend that's in right now, Papertwins manages to stay unique in that it rocks like an updated 80's glam album crossed with the ...