Review: Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Arcade Fire are no strangers to ambitious projects. In fact, the Canadian rock group practically built their careers off of ambition. Their monumental 2004 debut, "Funeral," essentially carved out the path for modern indie rock with its complex structure, varied instrumentation, and passionate songwriting. The band carried acclaim and consistency through their next couple records, "Neon Bible" …

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Review: Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy

Since the fledgling days of Odd Future, Tyler, The Creator has made a name for himself as a problem child; someone who gives no fucks. His shows were rowdy, his lyrics and videos transgressive, and his persona polarizing, to say the very least. Beneath the edgelord façade, however, always lurked a talent waiting to be realized. …

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Review: Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me

"Death is real. Someone's there and then they're not." is the soul-crushingly blunt opening line to Phil Elverum's latest project as Mount Eerie, "A Crow Looked at Me." On July 9, 2016, Elverum's wife, artist and musician Genevieve Castree passed away suddenly from pancreatic cancer, less than a year after the birth of their daughter. …

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Review: Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

Every kid has to grow up someday. For self-proclaimed "walk, talking meme," and beloved trouble child of the indie sphere, Mac Demarco, this day arrives alongside his third studio record "This Old Dog." The silliness omnipresent in Demarco's earlier work has been tamed and placed by the wayside, giving the gap-toothed debonair chance to let …

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Review: Arca – Arca

Oftentimes in art, beauty overlaps with the grotesque. Such is the case with the new, self-titled album by Arca, the stage name of Venezuelan electronic producer Alejandro Ghersi. In looking inward, stripping down his sound, and adding his delicate vocals, Arca creates a deeply sincere self-portrait, one that manages to find common ground between the …

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Review: Phourist and the Photons – While We Still Have the Morning

A bloody instrument in the aftermath of a live performance is an enduring symbol in music, indicative of both dedication and sacrifice. Such was the state of Nick Hill’s keyboard in the aftermath of a release show on March 25. The release in question was “While We Still Have the Morning,” the latest record from …

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