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New Music Adds - April 27th, 2015

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SHEER MAG - II 7"

Label: Wilsuns RC
Genre: Rock 'n' Roll
Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez
*So much grit and filth. Sheer Mag are back with another four song shredder where everything is coated in distortion and hair metal licks sound sick. Music like this just isn’t made anymore but Sheer Mag revives the style with no mercy and the attitude of real rock and rollers. They also got one of the most badass looking bandcamps I’ve ever seen. Keep an eye out for these peeps in the future. *

Aero Flynn

Aero Flynn - Aero Flynn

Label: Ooh La La
Genre: Folk/Ambient Pop
Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez
Originating out of the same tightknit Wisconsin music scene that birthed Bon Iver, Josh Scott aka Aero Flynn makes delicate and hazy pop songs that indicate his Bon Iver relations. Electronics are sprinkled in that remind me a lot of Radiohead. This is thought to be a record that he created to deal with depression and an autoimmune disease.Justin Vernon of Bon Iver produces.

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Toro Y Moi - What For?

Label: Carpark
Genre: Electro Infused Guitar Pop
Reviewed by: Pierce Sprague
I went to a Toro concert once. It was fun because his songs were so energetic, but Chaz just kind of stood behind his keys the whole time and sang indifferently. What For? is kind of like that, but this time, the sound guys put his mic too far away and he’s too lazy to move it. Don’t be dissuaded by the uninspired singles, though (2,4,9)—he still shows his creativity on this album, you just have to dig a little bit to find it.

Battle of the Bands!!

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WUVT and the Silhouette Literary and Art Magazine are teaming up to put on a battle of the bands at Ceritano's this Friday. Come out and support your favorite artists and this great magazine!

Show starts at 10pm, doors open at 9:30.

$5, 18+ all night, proceeds go towards the Silhouette.

THE LINEUP:

Hero to Human
Snobs
Bottom of the Ninth
Jonesy and the Ramblers

Each act gets about a half hour of stage time, and the winning band - as decided by the crowd - will play an encore at the end!

New Music Adds - April 23rd, 2015

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martinGore

Martin Gore - MG

Label: Mute
Genre: Avant Instrumental Electronic
Reviewed by: Len Comaratta
The principle force behind Depeche Mode returns with another solo album that once again is far removed from the more accessible pop of DM. Some of this reminds me of Eno’s darker ambient themes (#2) and some of it reminds me of John Carpenter films of the late 70s early 80s. #12 reminds me of Fuck Buttons

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Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Label: ATO
Genre: Soul / Blues
Reviewed by: Len Comaratta
Exquisite blend of soul, blues and even some funk. Relix described this as “the festival world’s leading retro-soul revivalists turn in a psychedelic, sci-fi epic”. Brittany Howard and troupe return with a soul stirring follow-up to a phenomenal debut filled with “volcanic thrashers (8)…silky soul (3)…spacey psychedelic soul jams (4)” [Rolling Stone]. The ballads are phenomenal

death

Death - N.E.W.

Label: Tryangle Records
Genre: Punk / Rock
Reviewed by: Len Comaratta
YES!!! A Brand new Death album! III wasn’t a fluke. This is some hard hitting rock (more so than than harder punkier earlier stuff). Inspired by the positivity brought to them by ever-increasing numbers of new fans, the current lineup (Bobby and Dannis Hackney, Bobbie Duncan) completed several songs started back in the 70s by brothers Bobby and David Hackney. Reminds me a lot of OFF! if that band was about half-speed. Heck, “At the Station” reminds me of Bowie!!

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Mew - + - (plus minus)

Label: Play It Again Sam
Genre: Psych Pop / Psych Folk Pop Rock
Reviewed by: Len Comaratta
Mew’s first album in 6 years. Danish prog rock psych noise meisters soar on their latest album. The band has been evolving into a far more vibrant, expansive sounding band over the course of their albums and this is certainly a grand next step in their journey. GOOD STUFF!!!

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Squarepusher - Damogen Furies

Label: Warp
Genre: IDM / Drum n Bass / Electronic
Reviewed by: Len Comaratta
Another phenomenal notch in the belt! A wonderful blend of pretty much everything he is known for – experiments w/ musique concrete, spastic boundary warping drum n bass, aggressive interpretations of ensemble jazz. He attempts to recapture the passion, innovation and retromanic tendencies that have fallen on the wayside as the medium and genre blew up into the mainstream….And he does it. CoS described it as “the hyperactive love child of EDM and traditional jazz”.

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Saun & Starr - Look Closer

Label: Daptone
Genre: Soul / Soul Revival
Reviewed by: Len Comaratta
Saundra Williams and Starr Lowe aka THE DAPETTES. Yes, the back up singers to the one and only Sharon Jones are now stepping out in front and they do so with every bit of soul, style, class and gravitas you’d expect. This is a wonderful album. And it’s an ALL ANALOG production!!! Any fan of soul and especially DapTone will get down with this!! GOOD GOOD GOOD STUFF!!!!

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Rose Windows - Rose Windows

Label: Sub Pop
Genre: Post Rock / Indie Rock
Reviewed by: Len Comaratta
*The follow up to Sun Dogs opens with a gloomy haunt laden with gorgeous sonic imagery that drops you into a smack down of musical templates and textures that once again prevent any blanket labeling of this band. This album has a more playful feel to it with some of the arrangements. If you are a fan of My Morning Jacket you’ll dig this. *

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Metz - II

Label: Sub Pop
Genre: Noise Rock / Post Punk / Indie Rock
Reviewed by: Len Comaratta
per their press release “the 10-track effort promises to be “much heavier, darker, and sloppier,” its lyrical tone stemming “from a year of loss and doubt, of contemplating [the band’s] relationships with death and the planet.” These guys are touring with FIDLAR and Lightning Bolt!!!

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Wire - Wire

Label: Pink Flag
Genre: Post Punk
Reviewed by: Len Comaratta
Album 13!!!And it smokes (despite it also being way mellower than most Wire) If only Buzzcocks could maintain the way Wire has. Filled with swooning pop melodies with a hint of 60s nostalgia and irresistible rhythms. Fans of classic Wire will find things to enjoy here. Think of these songs as something of a little brother or cousin melodically to Chairs Missing and 154.

New Music Adds - April 14, 2015

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Waxahatchee

Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp

Label: Merge
Genre: Indie Rock
Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez
Wielding an arsenal of crunchy guitars and a sweet (but mild) Southern voice, Katie Crutchfield is able to whip together some 90’s reminscent guitar pop gems. She refers to the album title as "a term I made up for directionless-ness, specifically of the 20-something, 30-something, 40-something of today, lacking regard for the complacent life path of our parents and grandparents." which I think is something most of us can relate to as lost college students….

Shlohmo

Shlohmo - Dark Red

Label: True Panther
Genre: IDM/Electronic
Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez
An appropriate title, this record feels murky and claustrophobic. Distorted synths lead you through the dark until you get lost in the seasick wails and glass shattering drums. Puts you in a trance. Works well for bed music.

The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ

Label: Merge
Genre: Folk Rock
Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez
When John Darnielle isn’t writing novels or lending a hand in various other musical projects, he constantly records lyrically whimsical songs under the Mountain Goats moniker. The record is thematically built on professional wrestling (???), though it’s probably a big metaphor for “nameless bodies in unremembered rooms…” - Joseph Fink

Ava Luna

Ava Luna - Infinite House

Label: Western Vinyl
Genre: Indie Rock/Math Rock/Soul Pop
Reviewed by: Joe Turner
Slurp. Mmmm. Juicy. This album is like one of those mysterious fruit smoothies with a bunch of vegetation that you like mixed in with other vegetation that you didn’t know you liked, or that you didn’t know you liked in the context of the fruit you already knew you liked. And then there is the question of which ingredient makes the title of the smoothie… Is it a banana smoothie with mango or a mango smoothie with banana? And where the heck does the coconut come into play?

Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart

Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart - Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart

Label: Secretly Canadian
Genre: IDM/Indie Rock
Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez
*An unlikely pairing, Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart team up to craft a swirling and entrancing journey of a record. Middle Eastern flavors appear courtesy of Lebanese Jerusalem In My Heart. The songs take their time to blossom completely, with interesting electronics bubbling in and out in a repetitive trance-like state. Suuns apply some subtle guitar and drum work to distinguish this electronic record into something that feels more like a collaboration. Works well for bed music. *

Pale Blue

Pale Blue - The Past We Left Behind

Label: Captured Tracks/2MR
Genre: EDM/Ambient
Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez
Layers and layers of loops and reverb lift you to space, losing yourself in your own mind, before thumping bass unfailingly grounds you back to earth. The name of the group is a reference to Carl Sagan’s description of a photo of Earth taken from Voyager 1 back in 1990: “Pale Blue Dot.”

Local Show Listings - 4/16 through 4/20

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Some local shows that are happening over the next few days!

Sycamore Deli:
Thursday April 16th- Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ 7 pm
Friday April 17th- The Broadcast
Saturday April 18th- The Fat Catz w/ TBA

Gillie's:
Thursday April 16th- Soupbone @ 7 then Mumblr, Soda @ 10pm
Saturday April 18th- Doc Greenburg's Patient Jazz @ 7pm
Sunday April 19th- Left Right, Sports Coach, & Kidaudra @ 7pm

622 North (21+):
Thursday April 16th- The Mad Anthonys w/special guest Giles McConkey @ 10pm
Friday April 17th- Boogieburg Soundsystem presents Catch 22 @ 10pm
Saturday April 18th- Planet Full of Blues w/special guests The Bell Hornets @ 10pm
Monday April 20th- Atoka Chase [album release party] @10pm

She-Sha:
Saturday April 18th- DJ RO & ADHG @10pm-1:45am

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