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Dark Time Sunshine “LORE”: Not Your Older Brother’s Backpack Rap.

Dark Time Sunshine is a hip hop duo consisting of emcee Onry Ozzborn (Michael Sean Martinez) and Chicago producer Zavala (Alexander Zavala).  They hail from Seattle, Washington, better known as the birthplace of grunge, the home of Tooth and Nail/Solid State Records, and a breeding ground for indie darlings.  ...

Tyler Key – Wild Azaleas and Other Tall Tales

Tyler Key's latest effort is the sort of multi-media effort that demands respect from fellow creatives. The core of Wild Azaleas and Other Tall Tales is naturally the album itself; short fiction and other materials shall follow shortly as well. Key seems like a wayward poet of sorts, spinning tales of adventure through ...

Jodi - Blue Heron

Jodi – Blue Heron

Though Blue Heron makes Nick Levine’s full-length debut as Jodi, you’re likely already familiar with their sounds. Levine has been a longtime contributor to Pinegrove. Their pedal steel playing helped to define that group as more than just an emo band. On Blue Heron, Levine shows uncanny similarities to their former ...

Times Of Grace – Songs Of Loss And Separation

Heavy metal band Times Of Grace lower the pace on their Songs Of Loss And Separation, but this does not taint its progression and relevance; it gives people the chance to hear a more sincere side to the American band. Led by Killswitch Engage vocalist and main lyricist Jesse Leach, the act desires strength and aches ...

Gengis Don Tackles Mental Health and the Black Experience on His New Album Sweet Pea

As countercultural and subversive forms of art, Hip Hop and Jazz have worked together since the early 90’s with groups like A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, and Us3. Not quite mainstream, not exactly underground, it never seems to go away either as evidenced by its resurgence on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a ...

Broken Fires – New Friends EP

By channelling their inner beliefs, Broken Fires is a band trying to find solace in dark places. Like the excellence of Scottish band Frightened Rabbit, the act knows a thing or two about melodies and lyricism that have richly detailed plot lines, layers, and layers of sweetly drawn harmonies. Poised and compelled to dream ...

Rise Against – The Sufferer And The Witness: An Emotional Turning Point

Battle-hard and ready for the fight, Rise Against truly grew into a behemoth act when they released their seminal album The Sufferer And The Witness in 2006. Yes, they developed many punk discs prior to the landing, and these records were raw and revealing, truly testing the punk scene. Not only did they entice many fans to ...