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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Review: White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band

In troubled times, nostalgic escapism becomes a hot commodity, and White Reaper have hit the motherlode. The band’s second record, wryly-titled The World’s Best American Band, scratches an itch so few do well, precisely emulating those times when Thin Lizzy and Ramones posters lined the walls of every garage, and a band of dirty, rebellious …

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Review: Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar’s latest record begins with his death. The opener, “BLOOD” features Kendrick being shot dead by a blind woman on the side of the road. The track sets the stage for “DAMN,” a cerebral, cryptic and heavy project, unlike anything the Compton rapper has made before in his career, but just as insightful, intelligent, …

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