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“Blackstar” is Bowie’s everlasting wink from heaven

“Blackstar” is Bowie’s everlasting wink from heaven

Eli Jace January 21, 2016 0

As I listened to David Bowie’s new album Blackstar for the first time, the artist himself, unbeknownst to me at the time, was ascending into eternity. Bowie’s 25th album, and now his last, arrived

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Top 5 Albums to Scare Your Neighbors With

Top 5 Albums to Scare Your Neighbors With

Eli Jace October 26, 2015 Comments Off on Top 5 Albums to Scare Your Neighbors With

It’s the end of October and the ghosts are marching two by two. Faces are appearing in trees. Black cats are eating dead rats in the alleys. Halloween is almost here and no one

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Reading & Leeds Festivals 2015 Preview

Reading & Leeds Festivals 2015 Preview

Conor Davies August 31, 2015 Comments Off on Reading & Leeds Festivals 2015 Preview

It’s that time of year again, when the summer is gently coming to a close, and the entirety of the UK nation prepares for the August Bank Holiday; a time otherwise known as Reading

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Young Derbyshire band aiming to be next bright act from the East Midlands

Young Derbyshire band aiming to be next bright act from the East Midlands

Conor Davies August 24, 2015 Comments Off on Young Derbyshire band aiming to be next bright act from the East Midlands

The East Midlands is a pretty fruitful region in terms of music nowadays. Leicester has Kasabian, Nottingham Jake Bugg, Indiana and Sleaford Mods, but Derby? Not a lot comes from Derby. That’s not to

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Kevin Parker slips into the “Currents” on new Tame Impala

Kevin Parker slips into the “Currents” on new Tame Impala

Eli Jace August 12, 2015 Comments Off on Kevin Parker slips into the “Currents” on new Tame Impala

If you find yourself in the ceiling-staring days after a breakup you’ll probably hug tightly with both arms Tame Impala’s new album Currents. The Australian psych-tinkerers return with their third album, a sort of

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Numb Bats Play through the Heatwave on “Bees & Trees”

Numb Bats Play through the Heatwave on “Bees & Trees”

Eli Jace July 24, 2015 Comments Off on Numb Bats Play through the Heatwave on “Bees & Trees”

The music of Numb Bats is a little like surf rock, one could say, if the waves that were being surfed upon were made of grease and glue. It’s punk rock dumped in a

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Wilco Casually Drops New Album, “Star Wars,” into the Web (Lucky Us)

Wilco Casually Drops New Album, “Star Wars,” into the Web (Lucky Us)

Eli Jace July 22, 2015 Comments Off on Wilco Casually Drops New Album, “Star Wars,” into the Web (Lucky Us)

  They’ve been celebrating twenty years of making music this summer with deluxe releases and discography-browsing setlists during a special anniversary tour. New music from Wilco felt somewhere close, not quite in reach, but

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LA rockers Secondborn hit the heights with ambitious new EP

LA rockers Secondborn hit the heights with ambitious new EP

Conor Davies July 19, 2015 Comments Off on LA rockers Secondborn hit the heights with ambitious new EP

American rock has been in a state of flux for a while, but with the likes of Rise Against, Thrice and Saosin come with it a banner and mark of excellence, could LA band

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New Death sounds like the old Death on new album, N.E.W.

New Death sounds like the old Death on new album, N.E.W.

Eli Jace June 11, 2015 Comments Off on New Death sounds like the old Death on new album, N.E.W.

“The rock and roll is playing where the rock and roll will be,” Bobby Hackney sings declaratively on the song “Relief.” On Death’s new album of original material, released in April on TryAngle Records,

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Jim James takes a few hits off the Aurora Borealis on MMJ’s The Waterfall

Jim James takes a few hits off the Aurora Borealis on MMJ’s The Waterfall

Eli Jace May 21, 2015 Comments Off on Jim James takes a few hits off the Aurora Borealis on MMJ’s The Waterfall

If you’re planning to grow out your hair and stare profoundly into the sky all summer long, My Morning Jacket’s seventh album, The Waterfall, is the soundtrack you need. The rollicking “Compound Fracture” would

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