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The Weeknd – After Hours

I think we can all agree that the one thing that will get us through COVID-19 is synthwave. Lots and lots of synthwave. Right? The Weeknd certainly seems to think so. I first heard "Blinding Lights" in the car driving home from Cleveland on a business day trip. I was a little on edge because of bad weather rolling in, and ...

Balcony Talk – Calendar Daze

It's day 5 of the great 2020 COVID-19 quarantine. It's hard to know how to feel. Sometimes you want to find some music that is true to how you're feeling, but you want to escape a bit as well. Balcony Talk occupies a nice pop punk influenced alt-rock middle ground for this strange time. The Brooklyn, NY–based artist has ...

ZONEZERO-STRYCHNINE DREAM

First and foremost I want to apologize to the guys in ZoneZero. This review is way overdue, and that’s on me. However, like I tell my students, you have to sometimes find the positives in things, and here the positive is I have listened to this album nonstop since it came out, and I find something I missed every single ...

Coronavirus? Forget about it! [single reviews]

The Aces - "Daydream": The alt trio is back with a quick, sunny pop rock gem to brighten your day. The band is on Red Bull Records, which seems fitting as they have energy, attitude, and atmospheric vocals. The song almost seems to end too soon, with a dreamy electric guitar solo tapering off after the final carefree chorus. ...

Bops for the grind (single reviews)

The Voodoo Children - "Caroline": Their previous single "Tangerines and Daffodils" may have disappeared from the interwebs, and the future of Paper Route might be questionable at best—however, "Caroline" is here for your JT Daly fix and guitar driven atmospheric indie cravings. This song is radio ready and also exists in a ...

Soccer Mommy dives into deep water on the gorgeous, devastating ‘color theory’

By Austin Sisson The lead single of Soccer Mommy's sophomore album features a lyric video straight from the opening scenes of The Matrix. Like the central conceit of that film, color theory is about waking up from a fabricated utopia into a world that is darker and colder, yet infinitely more valuable on the merit of ...

Grimes’ Miss Anthropocene is a blissful dark journey

It's hard to know where to start with an album like Miss Anthropocene. The overall sound of the record is one that is really alluring and mysterious. I've been looking for this sort of album for a long time, semi-consciously. Why semi? Because there's a sense of accomplishment upon finding it that only occurred once I hit ...