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It was a little disappointing to discover that this wasn’t a cover of the 1986 Cyndi Lauper hit.  A little.  It is, however, still a reworking of a previously released song.  Specifically, Kesha has returned...

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Long distance relationships are notoriously difficult.  Even in our technological age, with myriad methods of instantaneous communication, great commitment and affection is required to keep a relationship alive and healthy despite the intervention of geographical...

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Album Review: White Lung – Paradise

May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

It should be clear from the fact that Paradise takes just 28 and a half minutes to tear through its 10 songs that Vancouver outfit, White Lung, are in the business of making punk music. ...

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Pennywise have been mainstays of the punk scene for over a quarter century now, with a near constant presence on the touring circuit and eleven studio albums under their belts.  Fans hoping for new music...

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Chances are that if you think of Des Moines, Iowa, in the context of contemporary music, you’ll stare blankly into the air for a moment before asking “What?!?”  If you are a fan of heavier...

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Album Review: Max Raptor – Max Raptor

May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

With their interesting blend of punk, alternative, and indie-rock, Max Raptor have been kicking about for around a decade now.  The group’s sound isn’t exactly original, but neither is it particularly well worn , and...

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Any list of Australian music royalty will feature Paul Kelly somewhere near the top.  Anyone who questions why the 61 year old singer-songwriter is held in such high esteem by audiences, critics, and his fellow...

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Album Review: Higher Authorities – Neptune

April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The questions about Higher Authorities’ Neptune – the band’s debut release – start right at the beginning: the album art.  Why are there three pineapples on the cover?  Why does one of them have a...

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Album Review: Pity Sex – White Hot Moon

April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pity sex is like pizza – not gourmet, wood-fired pizza, but pizza from a big chain restaurant – it’s better than nothing, is pleasant enough, and it’ll stave off the pangs of hunger for a...

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Album Review: Susanna – Triangle

April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The idea of the solitary, single-minded, creative genius – an auteur – who makes great art by driving the processes from beginning to end, is one that holds great sway over the imagination in our...

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Album Review: Mogwai – Atomic

April 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

Writing the score for a television or movie soundtrack is no simple feat as the composers have very strict, and awkward, constraints to work within – write a piece that lasts 2 minutes 37, not...

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Album Review: Moderat – III

April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Collaborations and side projects are fraught propositions in the music business, especially if those involved have difficulty letting go of their previously constructed artistic identities, but when they work they can offer something that transcends...

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A less scientifically minded person might find some meaning in that fact that it has taken 5 years for Hayes Carll to release his fifth album, Lovers and Leavers – which follows the commercial and...

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