05th Feb2013

Live Review: Local Natives @ Fox Theater, 1/30

As a bouncer for a music venue, you go through 30 or 40 (at least) acts before any of them really spark your interest. Double or triple...

04th Feb2013

Album Reviews: My Bloody Valentine – m b v

I was genuinely excited for two things to occur in 2013; the fourth returning season of Arrested Development and the supposed release of My Bloody Valentine‘s third full length....

31st Jan2013

Album Reviews: Camper Van Beethoven – La Costa Perdida

Camper Van Beethoven are indie rock standards. Fronted by David Lowery since 1983 (who later found more commercial success with his band Cracker), CVB has galloped from genre to...

30th Jan2013
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Downtime at 402: Where the hell have we been?

  Clearly, I have been busy trying to get my life together and get moving with this Ph. D business. However, it turns out that many labs...

23rd Jan2013

Album Reviews: Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return

Chaz Bundick has been a figurehead of the relatively new chillwave uprising of the current decade. A seminal work from the field is Washed Out‘s EP Life Of Leisure....

21st Jan2013

Catch Up Reviews: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, Balmorhea, Indian Handcrafts, WHY?

Folks, it was fun. Talking about all those albums we missed on the site, whether important, great, or terrible. I know you enjoyed it just as much...

14th Jan2013

Album Reviews: This Town Needs Guns –

  Unorthodox guitar pop rockers This Town Needs Guns’ sophomore release,, is one of those anticipated-yet-scary releases. Sophomore releases generally carry the hope or hurt of what...

11th Jan2013
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Album Reviews: Passenger Peru – Passenger Peru

  They keep coming… that’s right, thanks for joining us on another stop in the “stuff Ryan didn’t review in 2012″ tour. This particular junction covers a...

04th Jan2013
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Album Reviews: Woods – Bend Beyond

Merge Records is to Superchunk as Dischord Records is to Fugazi and The Evens as the relatively newer face of Woodsist Records is to Woods. Namely, Woods’s frontman Jeremy Earl manages the label which...

03rd Jan2013
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Album Reviews: Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II

San Francisco’s Thee Oh Sees are first up on “the list of things Ryan didn’t get to in 2012.” If you aren’t familiar with this four piece of garage...