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Album reviews

WAND: PLUM

September 20th, 2017

Wand is at its very best when it steps on the pedal, as on the chiming, 8-minute guitar jam "Blue Cloud" and "Bee Karma," a song with classic-rock swagger stuck in overdrive. It's glorious, and so is Wand. May they never settle for sitting still.

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CHELSEA WOLFE: HISS SPUN

September 19th, 2017

Wolfe invokes images of natural purity and beauty—like fawns, roses, and the moon—and juxtaposes them with visions of crawling skin, broken glass, claws, fangs, and madness. “Show me what’s underneath, show me your bruises,” Wolfe pleads on “Two Spirit.” On Hiss Spun, nothing stays pure and simple for long.

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SHANNON LAY: LIVING WATER

September 18th, 2017

You don’t need bells and whistles when the songs are this good.

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FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERS: BRAIN TELEPHONE

September 14th, 2017

FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERS Brain Telephone Permanent Records One may wonder how many 60s psych-punk revivals there really needs to be in our lifetime, like the current one that has Los Angeles in a stranglehold for the fourth or fourteenth time. On one hand,…

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ARIEL PINK: DEDICATED TO BOBBY JAMESON

September 12th, 2017

On his eleventh studio album, Dedicated To Bobby Jameson, Pink threads figure eights on roller skates, chews gum, and spins a basketball on his index finger all at the same time—and looks fashionably good doing it.

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MIDNIGHT SISTER: SATURN OVER SUNSET

September 8th, 2017

Midnight Sister celebrate both the beautiful and the strange.