Leonard Nevarez

A sociology professor living in upstate New York, Leonard Nevarez is patiently waiting until his kids are old enough for a family roadtrip to Maryland Deathfest. He blogs at musicalurbanism.org and is writing a book about Martha & the Muffins and the late 70s/early 80s downtown Toronto music scene.

Posts by Leonard

Loma – “Black Willow”

If winter feels like interior drama — the sound of your breath and your thoughts amplified by thick headwear over your ears — then Loma soundtrack the season with music of startling cinematic intimacy. A project featuring Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater vocalist and occasional SIO columnist), and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski (of Cross Record), Loma […]

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King Woman – “I Want To Be Adored”

Unpopular opinion: the Stone Roses’ recorded oeuvre goes downhill after the first track of their first album. Okay, before you throw your phone to the floor in outrage, let’s just agree to think warmly of “I Want To Be Adored,” with its magical fade-up, twinkling guitars, and gentle vocals. Bay Area doom-gazers King Woman are […]

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Casper Skulls / Slow / Walt Wagner / Witch Mountain

Two correspondents debrief at the annual Sound It Out retreat in Mendocino, California. LN: As I live and breathe: Funky Donny Fred! FDF: Hey man! Bring it in! [They hug.] LN: Where you been? FDF: Just got back from my North American fall mycology fieldtrip… shroom hunting! LN: Oh, of course. Why doesn’t that surprise […]

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Marvin Pontiac – The Asylum Tapes

Last Friday, a new collection of obscure blues legend Marvin Pontiac (1932-1977) surfaced. The Asylum Tapes appeared with no advance warning or publicity materials, just this statement: “Marvin Pontiac was anonymously sent a 4 track tape recorder during the years he was held at Esmerelda State Mental Institution. This is what he did with it.” […]

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Oh Sees / OCS

Holy crap, John Dwyer has made twenty albums in a little over ten years under Thee Oh Sees’ umbrella?! Like his buddy Ty Segall, Dwyer is so ridiculously prolific that it’s too easy to take Thee Oh Sees for granted. So let’s check in on what this garage/psych-rock icon has put out recently, shall we? […]

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Deradoorian / Exploded View / The Discussion

New releases begin to slow down this time of year, so Sound It Out is cleaning up around the office and making sure we don’t forget anything before our end-of-year “Best Of” list. We start with three exciting EPs.   Deradoorian – Eternal Recurrence In just two releases, Angel Deradoorian travels further and further away […]

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Angel Olsen – Phases

If you’ve read this far, chances are you already know who Angel Olsen is: the belle of the ball at the indie roots-rock hootenanny. What you really need to know: is her new collection of b-sides and rare cuts truly necessary? Well, yes! For one reason, Phases sees the return of the excellent band she […]

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Kelly Lee Owens – “More Than A Woman”

I still remember exactly where I was when I first heard Aaliyah: stuck in gridlock on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, flipping through Los Angeles radio stations in my car. Abruptly, spacious, skittering beats thumped forth from the speakers and materialized an alternate reality, one inhabited by… crickets? Then a hushed voice […]

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