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Priests – “Nothing Feels Natural”

It does my heart good to see that Washington, DC still plays for keeps with guitar-bass-drums punk created in an independently produced, communally minded context. The scene’s legendary DIY tradition — think Bad Brains and Minor Threat of the 1980s, and Fugazi, Bikini Kill, and Nation of Ulysses in the 1990s — may seem quaint […]

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Cate Le Bon – “Rock Pool”

It’s easy to fall under the spell of Cate Le Bon. When you listen to the breezy, loopy “Rock Pool,” try closing your eyes tightly enough to trigger the fireworks show on your eyelids, and you can just about picture Le Bon as an “it girl” from some mythical North Atlantic country where pilly wool […]

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Slacking in Melbourne: Gabriella Cohen / Jade Imagine

Someone forgot to tell Australia that indie rock is supposed to be artistically spent by now, because in Melbourne they’re partying like it’s 1995. The city seems flush with musicians who introduce a fresh perspective (ideally while very high) to this by-now classic style. Melbourne is also witnessing a new cohort of charismatic frontwomen; as […]

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Deep Throat Choir – “Be OK”

Deep Throat Choir is a London-based all-women singing collective that’s been active since 2013. The group was formed by Luisa Gerstein (formerly of Landshapes); it started as a handful of friends and quickly expanded, staying true to a vocals-only performance style augmented by minimal percussion. Their repertoire consists mostly of interpretations of other artists’ songs […]

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Leonard Nevarez – Best of 2016

What were the best records of 2016? Leonard Nevarez is here to tell you! 1. David Bowie – Blackstar It was released on a Friday in January, and by Sunday he was gone. Backed by his most adventurous music in decades, the starman delivered a eulogy for himself and a lament for the condition of […]

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JOE GODDARD – “LOSE YOUR LOVE”

Lately it’s become clear to me than it ain’t sh*t if it doesn’t have a sense of humor. So thank the electronic stars for Joe Goddard. Best known for his role in beloved indietronica/electro-pop UK group Hot Chip, Goddard also served as half of the 2 Bears and as a songwriter, producer, DJ, remixer and […]

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Deap Vally – “Smile More”

This Deap Vally song killed me when it came out over the summer, but it sounds even more right on this most fucked up of days. Don’t let any man tell you how to be. Hang in there and fight back. The new Deap Vally record is called Femejism and it’s out now. You should […]

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Sumerlands – “The Guardian”

And now we venture out to the farthest reaches of Rocktober with the straight-up heavy metal of Sumerlands. None of thrash metal’s punk instincts or black metal’s cultivated misanthropy here for the fence-sitters to fall back on — just the purest, Ozzy Ozzbourne Bark At The Moon-inspired anthems courtesy of a Philadelphia-based group who, by […]

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New Duo – “Never Got Her Name”

Another Rocktober scene: Two men approach the stage in a tawdry nightclub called Bandcamp, their grizzled, unpreened appearance a cloak of invisibility to the trendy patrons. Only as the PA goes silent does the crowd notice one of the duo opening a guitar case with a Deep Purple sticker. “No classic rock!!” the cry goes […]

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Axis: Sova – (Like An) Intruder

Axis: Sova arrives on the scene to settle a score only late 70s/early 80s rockers thought unsettled. Namely, is there only one way to rock — as Sammy Hagar famously declared, to “crank up the drums, crank out the bass/Crank up my Les Paul in your face”? Rising to the Van Halen usurper’s challenge, the […]

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