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Ten EPs from 2018 to know (according to Getz)

Not every release is that long. Here are 10 releases that weren't full albums in 2018 that struck my fancy, in no particular order. -Ryan Getz boygenius - self-titled: I've been a Julien Baker fan basically since Mitchell Taylor of Mountains Like Wax (shout out!) told me to check her material out. And now we have this ...

Indianapolis Rapper Brings His DisTinct Sound on The Feeling: Kuro

Another day, another dollar. Or rather: another month, another stellar hip-hop release that’s come out of the city of Indianapolis. I suspect I sound more and more like a broken record when discussing the local music scene. Perhaps I’m going crazy, or getting old, or maybe it’s a combination of both. All I know for sure ...

The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

By the time you read this, you undoubtedly will have read countless reviews, tweets, and Facebook hot takes on the 3rd official full length from everyone's favorite new-new-wave pop act, The 1975. Like the two records before it, ABIIOR is long and expansive—full of catchy earworms and left turns alike. But you expected ...

Massive Scar Era – Color Blind

I first got wind of this band from a certain Marco Castro. I was at SXSW when he texted me and told me to attend their showcase. I didn't make it, but their name certainly stuck in my head. It almost feels like I'm doing the band a disservice to mention that they're a female fronted metal band with ties to Egypt. In that ...

My Brightest Diamond – A Million and One

When I saw that Shara Worden—who now goes by Shara Nova—was releasing a new record, of course I was intrigued. Why? One of my favorite albums of all time is The Decemberists' rock opera The Hazards of Love, in which Shara plays the part of the vengeful and headstrong Queen. I loved both her vocals and getting to see ...

Odd Folks – Alumni

There are bands we like, and then there are bands we endorse. By endorse, I mean shout out at every opportunity—not shout out simply because they paid us to. Or bribed us. One of those bands is Odd Folks. Alumni is the third straight release from these guys I chose to review. Their emo-grunge sound is distinct and ...

Ritual Eulogy – I Was You, You Will Be Me

Ritual Eulogy is a Mount Vernon, OH based metalcore outfit that recently has undergone a rebranding of sorts. Their former identity, Bear Your Cross, was nothing to sneeze at. Yet, Ritual Eulogy carries a weight you simply must pay attention to. Michael Houck's vocals are at their most brutal. Quite honestly, I don't ...