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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The merging of Two Macs: “This Old Dog” is on Captured Tracks

Every year May is full of things to look forward to: the end of school, Memorial Day weekend, Cinco De Mayo (if that’s your thing) but this May we were also graced with the third full length album from Mac Demarco, This Old Dog. The album was first written when Mac and his girlfriend shared

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Bug and Earth walk through Hell in “Concrete Desert”

Concept albums, like Stevie Wonder’s Secret Life of Plants or Pink Floyd’s The Wall, hold a special place in the imaginations of music lovers because they exist as something more meaningful than a collection of songs. Though...

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

“Offers” by NE-HI: Coming of age in the community of garage rock

NE-HI recently released their second album, Offers, via Grand Jury records (which also happens to be the home of a couple more of my favorite windy city boys, Twin Peaks). This is the first release for NE-HI under a prominent...

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Animal Collective’s “The Painters”: Energetic, but not quite a standout

Animal Collective returns on The Painters — a companion EP to last year’s Painting With. The Painters is usual Animal Collective — experimental indie pop with energy, contrasted with introspection — but it’s unlikely to be a standout...

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Sensualizing the mundane: “Fresh Air” by Homeshake

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Homeshake released his third album, entitled Fresh Air. Its overall sound is a sexy, smooth, electric R&B vibe – but once you take the time to digest the lyrics, you realize Homeshake (what...

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A true fan’s perspective on WHY?’s “Moh Lhean”

Allow me, please, a moment of myopia. To describe what WHY? is, to a fan like me, requires a trip into the first-person narrative that goes against my journalistic instincts, but will function better than fumbling for...

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

“Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void)”: A warm initiation from Hand Habits

If you’ve had the pleasure this past year to catch Kevin Morby live, a petite female guitarist in his band may have caught your attention. That person was Meg Duffy. Last July, I had the pleasure of catching...

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Over the Rails with The Dig’s “Bloodshot Tokyo”

Yes, The Dig is a very nice band. They’ve won an award, in fact, for writing at least one very nice song, though, for the record, they’ve written more than one – but the exact number is...

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Let’s talk about Die Antwoord’s “Suck on This”

While Die Antwoord fans waited for the group’s September full-length release Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid, the duo decided to tease audiences with the Suck on This mixtape. Released exclusively on DatPiff, the album has all of...

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Digging deep into Machinedrum’s “Human Energy”

Perhaps it’s unfair to generalize, but there are a lot — A LOT — of electronic acts out there doing roughly the same thing in roughly the same way. Like any genre in music popular enough to...

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