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T-Rextasy - Prehysteria

T-Rextasy releases a campy, theatrical ‘Prehysteria’

So one of my plans for 2019 was getting a bit more freedom to venture into weird places to find new music, and given how slow things are starting this year, it’s a good time to build a nice routine in finding it. And nowhere is more overstuffed with offkilter weirdness than Bandcamp and talk […]

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The 1975 deliver an overlong mess with ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’

You know, it’s a common trope among movie critics that most sequences involving computer hacking tend to suck, because not only do most filmmakers not know anything about hacking in the real world, you’re trying to add tension and gravitas to what is, for the most part, just people writing code and running scripts. And […]

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Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Some Rap Songs’ delivers a vivid picture of depression, grief, and family loss

So I’ve always struggled a bit with how to properly evaluate Earl Sweatshirt – or indeed, how much I can call myself a fan. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve scored both of his albums thus far highly, I think he’s a great rapper with a powerful knack of distilling complex ideas down to aggressively concise […]

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Alessia Cara delivers an improved but compromised album, ‘The Pains Of Growing’

I can’t help but find it a bit strange that going into this review, I was rooting for Alessia Cara. And let me make this clear, I’ve been at least trying to be on her side since 2015 and the influx of Lorde-wannabes in which she came up – I’d certainly prefer her to Halsey […]

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Mariah Carey’s ‘Caution’ delivers a return to sensual, low-key R&B quality.

So I got a lot of backlash the last time I reviewed Mariah Carey. And while there are times I’ve gone back to old reviews and winced, this was never one of them, mostly because I’d like to think my opinion on Mariah Carey isn’t that controversial! She was great in the 90s, four or […]

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Now Streaming: Bottle Rocket by Light Years

A magnificent next listen for fans of State Champs, Four Year Strong and Neck Deep (all of whom they’ve opened for on the road), Cleveland OH’s Light Years have dropped three jam-worthy singles, including Bottle Rocket, in anticipation of the release of their EP, Afterlife, due out tomorrow via Rude Records. Be sure to catch […]

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Objekt expands his experimental blend of ambient and techno with ‘Cocoon Crush’

Let’s be honest, the vast majority of you don’t remember when I reviewed Objekt last time. It’s one of my least-viewed reviews – and considering how rarely I cover electronic music, that is saying something – and Objekt is obscure even by those standards, a German artist with the real name TJ Hertz that I […]

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