Album Reviews

Boy Band For Adults: Miniature Tigers’ Cruel Runnings

Boy Band For Adults: Miniature Tigers’ Cruel Runnings

Four guys dressed in geek chic apparel strike various poses around a two-seat sofa for what is an awkwardly staged group photo. It’s the first time that the faces behind Brooklyn’s synth pop band Miniature Tigers have graced their album cover, and it’s an interesting change. It’s also one that begs the question: are Miniature […]

Davidian Knows What We Want on Debut EP

Davidian Knows What We Want on Debut EP

Davidian, aka David Whitfield, the 22-year-old house producer from Nottingham, has just released his debut EP, What I Want, via the French dance music label, Kitsuné. And What I Want is your standard issue Kitsuné EP, with an original track accompanied by a couple of remix interpretations for extra padding. The EP is promising of […]

Chromeo Charms on ‘White Women’

Chromeo Charms on ‘White Women’

When a man that’s not a Feminist Ryan Gosling meme tells a woman what she should think or feel, regardless of intent, the conversation that ensues rarely turns out well for the parties involved. Consider then the feat that the Larry David funk duo, Chromeo, have pulled off on their fourth studio LP, White Women. […]

Summer Haze: Bestie’s ‘No Bad Days’

Summer Haze: Bestie’s ‘No Bad Days’

When you’re young, you’re impressionable. Everything is glorious, everything is horrible, and everything is new. As a kid watching American teen comedies from the late nineties, the cultural narrative of a homogenous bunch of suburban kids moving on to a college somewhere in the Midwest was normalized and idealized. And I’m smacked in the face […]

Drop the Needle on Thee Oh Sees’ New Vinyl

Drop the Needle on Thee Oh Sees’ New Vinyl

After Thee Oh Sees’ “indefinite hiatus,” which was announced this past December, was revealed to be more spring break than school expulsion, the band is back with their eighth studio album, Drop. Drop opens with some robotic triads, sliding riff-heavy and hard into “Penetrating Eye”. John Dwyer tackles six instruments on the album, including synthesizer, […]

Lovers of Dub: HTRK’s ‘Psychic 9–5 Club’

Lovers of Dub: HTRK’s ‘Psychic 9–5 Club’

Unpacking the title of an album is a lot more fun when it has meaning that goes beyond provocation or aesthetic appeal. HTRK’s (pronounced “Hate Rock”) first full-length record without founding member, bassist Sean Stewart, is called Psychic 9-5 Club, and its title, seemingly full of attitude without meaning, melds New Age ideas with dub […]

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