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Krokus


Stampede


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on July 22, 2014

Krokus' 1990 rocker "Stampede" got the reissue treatment from Sireena Records, complete with a cover of BTO's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," and you know what? This was a nice change of pace. Nothing perks up an afternoon like some...

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overall ranking: 3.52

I Break Horses


Denial (Single)


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on July 1, 2014

"Denial," I Break Horses' first song sing the release of 2011's "Hearts" is lush, bouncy synthpop and probably pretty hard to find outside of Europe - Record Geeks received the 12 inch single a while back and in the time...

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overall ranking: 3.00

American Football


Self-titled


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on May 28, 2014

15 years after being released Polyvinyl Record Co. has reissued American Football's landmark self-titled album with another album's worth of extras. Full disclosure - this is one of my all-time favorite albums (I got a copy of it on CD...

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overall ranking: 4.53

The It*Men


Greatest Its


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on May 23, 2014

The It*Men present themselves as a garage / hard rock band from the late sixties with hands in creating punk rock, and they do a really convincing job of it - but in reality they were active in the Cleveland...

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overall ranking: 3.70

Fiction


The Big Other


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on November 27, 2013

London's Fiction unabashedly borrows from 80s synth pop stalwarts like The Talking Heads and the airbrushed, afrobeat sensibilities of Vampire Weekend on this 11-track debut LP. The album was a combination of studio and home recordings. It was mixed by...

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overall ranking: 3.75

Deptford Goth


Life After Defo


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on November 15, 2013

This is the debut LP from south London's Daniel Woolhouse a.k.a. Deptford Goth. The songs are built around electronic rhythms and lush, synth-heavy, sedated bedroom pop arrangements. The album will prove familiar fare for fans of Rhye, How to Dress...

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overall ranking: 3.75

Raya Brass Band


This Train Is Now


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on November 4, 2013

Raya Brass Band up globally-informed dance grooves on their third album. The NYC outfit relies on relentless horns and accessible rhythms that coalesce in a raucous, Balkan dance party. These songs would feel at home in an impromptu jam session...

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overall ranking: 3.95

DMA


Pheel Phree


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on October 29, 2013

This is the first official full-length release from Indianapolis experimental beatsmith David "Moose" Adamson. Limited to 500, hand-numbered copies, the album was recorded at DMA's home studio aptly dubbed The Bass Cave. The album was mastered at Singing Serpent. ...

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overall ranking: 4.40

Man on the Mountain


s/t


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on October 25, 2013

This release serves as the self-titled, debut LP from Man on a Mountain. The group struggles to set itself apart from late 1990s alternative rock and pop on this 10-track release. The album was recorded at Bad Lab Studio in...

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overall ranking: 3.65

Kama Kama


The Tiled House


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on October 24, 2013

Recorded at Magnetic South in Bloomington, IN, five-piece, post-punk rock outfit Kam Kama came out of the gate swinging in early 2012 with this gorgeous, six-track EP on upstart imprint Sister Cylinder. Limited to just 300 copies on white vinyl,...

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overall ranking: 4.15