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Quick Hitters:: Hayden Old Dreams

Quick Hitters:: Hayden Old Dreams

Musicians, like a heavyweight fighters or an NFL running backs, are seldom extended the freedom to age with dignity. Timely output, hype and constant reinvention are the currency music fans collect, preferring to raise unheralded and unpolished upstarts on shoulders while true talent remains grounded. Hayden Desser is a true professional, and unfortunately for his(…)

File Under Awesome:: Duets for Abdelrazik

File Under Awesome:: Duets for Abdelrazik

Most reviews and press cycles are built on stories fabricated and enhanced until the starting point is little more than a memory. Meaning and art are photoshopped into a fake perfection, flaws scrubbed clean. Abousfian Abdelrazik’s story is one that should be without any fabrications or embellishment. His story is sad, pained, eye opening and(…)

Quick Hitters:: Everything is Geometry frvdty #14

Quick Hitters:: Everything is Geometry frvdty #14

As we sink deeper into the technological abyss, synthesized emotions and digital conversations have become as important as physical contact. I guess it’s fitting that many bands have opted to replace the natural pump that forces blood through our veins with electronic clicks programmed to achieve ideal beats per minute. Pristine and calculated, we are(…)

Reviews:: Teen Violence

Reviews:: Teen Violence

Not to date myself, but my college years were defined by the bands on pop punk labels like Lookout!, Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords. Sloppy power chords, second (or third) rate Beach Boys harmonies and the occasional chime of surf guitar were all I listened to, outside of three rapping Jews from New York. Most(…)

Jody Glenham:: Gypsy Babe

Jody Glenham:: Gypsy Babe

I don’t know Jody Glenham; we met once in passing and have exchanged music emails and tweets, but for some reason I feel like I’ve browsed her record collection and watched the ash fall into the ceramics that occupy her table. So for me to hypothesize that “Gypsy Babe” is the result of aging gracefully,(…)

Wool on Wolves:: Midnight Avenue

Wool on Wolves:: Midnight Avenue

Wool on Wolves have traded their Summer Teeth for something with a bit more bite. Swagger; before it was a catch phrase, that confidence was essential to the sex-laced stomp of rock ‘n roll classics. On “Midnight Oil”, the boys from The Chuck leave preciousness and insecurity for the bedroom composers and coffee shop pickers,(…)