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Z Wolf’s Dream Machine II is just that, a machine

On Witch-rock electronic duo Damn the Witch Siren's last release, Back to Dreaming, there's a song called "Let the Beast Out." It's one of the most aggressive songs on the album and it hints at a direction that the duo occasionally touches on. The sound seems to originate with Z Wolf, and upon hearing his record "Dream ...

Genre-Bending Duo Brick + Mortar Let It Drop… Again

Brick + Mortar. Founder Ryan Getz initially wrote about the New Jersey duo in one of our Relevant Discoveries features over three years ago, and that’s actually how I first heard of them. I listened to (and enjoyed) the Dropped EP not long after its initial release in 2015, but never got the chance to give it a proper ...

A R I Z O N A makes music that ain’t for no peanut “Gallery”

Words: Ryan Getz I feel like many music publications are going to avoid A R I Z O N A's new release Gallery because on a surface level there isn't a lot that makes them stand out from the crowd of summery pop-rock bands making danceable music. Walk the Moon seemed to be a catalyst for a movement that shows no signs of ...

Angsty dream pop from The Dream Eaters makes for a memorable listen

I knew I was in for an adventure when I looked at the track list for The Dream Eaters' We Are the Curse and found a track titled "Astral Asshole." The group has roots in Brooklyn, Boston, and Vancouver Island, BC. So each band member carries a bit of that grey weather into the music. Being seaside helps too. That ...

Hawking’s Diverge shows remarkable maturity

A couple of years ago I saw a band from Vancouver, BC play in a tiny venue called Brothers Drake Meadery. Columbus favorites Playing to Vapors provided the local support that night. That band was called Hawking. Back then, Hawking showcased a mixture of sounds that could be defined as Chon meets Two Door Cinema Club, with ...

An off the cuff response to Machine Gun Kelly’s “Bloom”

I'm not one that usually goes after hip hop records. So this reviewer is going to get out of his comfort zone with what could be a baptism-by-fire experience. I'm gonna listen to Machine Gun Kelly and react to the songs. Stream of consciousness style. Here we go! "I am the gunner!" That's quite the statement to kick off a ...

The Worn Flints’ “Clementine” is chock full of barnburners

Clementine is a rock record to be reckoned with. When I first discovered The Worn Flints I fancied them more of a jam band. Their bio even emphasized the drawn out sections that are often hallmarks of a psych band. The psych foundation is still present, and the band even refines an old tune - "After Life." Everything is ...