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Cooked Books


The Reader


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 22, 2013

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike Bridavsky at Russian Recording in Bloomington, IN, the debut LP from Cooked Books is an explosion of concise, power pop with a dash of psychedelic rock for good measure. Limited to just 300 copies...

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overall ranking: 4.10

Judson Claiborne


We Have Not Doors You Need Not Keys


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 18, 2013

Confessional, powerful songwriting and a beautiful, natural production are the hallmarks of Judson Claiborne's third LP, and first release on In Store Recordings. It's a balanced effort that experiments without ever losing its focus. A cohesive, enjoyable album, that's only...

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overall ranking: 4.40

The Spyrals


Out of Sight


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 18, 2013

San Francisco's The Spyrals continue down a path of retrofried garage fuzz on this sophomore LP. The Bay Area trio offers tighter arrangements with less reverb on the vocals than its self-titled, 2012 debut. The Spyrals doesn't break the psychedelic...

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overall ranking: 4.15

Burnt Ones


You'll Never Walk Alone


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 15, 2013

Burnt Ones picks up where it left off on debut LP 'Black Teeth & Golden Tongues.' Fuzzed out glam rock of the highest order on a release that fits the aesthetic of psych rock juggernaut Burger Records. The vocals are...

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overall ranking: 4.10

Anonymous


Inside The Shadow


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 12, 2013

'Inside The Shadow' should be another in the long list of forgotten LPs. Thanks to upstart imprint Machu Picchu, Ltd., a little-known 1970s psychedelic rock outfit is finally getting a second chance. Pristine acoustic tracks pair with West Coast psychedelia...

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overall ranking: 4.15

Amo Joy


Amo Joy


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 11, 2013

These veteran Indianapolis musicians have released, arguably, their best work to date on their 5th full-length album. The group sounds more mature, but no less jovial on this self-titled LP. Recorded in various home studios around Indy, lead singer Adam...

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overall ranking: 4.35

The Red Falcon Projects


Simply Ravishing


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 10, 2013

Fort Wayne, IN's The Red Falcon Projects burst on the EDM scene with an initial LP on par with the genre's heavyweights. An intricate latticework of sounds weaves hip-swaying beats for the masses. This dynamic duo drips aqueous synth lines...

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overall ranking: 4.45

Laura K. Balke / The Dead Records


I Can Only Run / Winter Clothes


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 9, 2013

Recorded in January 2013 at a house in Indianapolis, this split 7" is the debut release from upstart DIY imprint Usonian Recording Division. The release features two Indiana artists: female singer-songwriter, Laura K. Balke and Fort Wayne alternative rockers, The...

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overall ranking: 4.25

Tristan Omand


Wandering Time


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 8, 2013

Cowboy songs are as American as apple pie, as old as the railroad and our occupation of the mountains. The genre of straightforward songwriting with acoustic accompaniment is an essential mode of communication in our country, and such is the...

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overall ranking: 4.10

Jack Logan & Scott Baxendale


Bones in the Desert


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on July 5, 2013

Recorded at FTF Studios in Athens, GA, alt-country, blues, and rock congeal into a generous slab of Americana on this LP. However, Logan and Baxendale avoid devolving into the trite, formulaic, revivalist music that has dominated radio airwaves over the...

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overall ranking: 4.00