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Have We Met

Destroyer: Have We Met

Destroyer is almost an idea more than it is a band. It's a thing that lives inside Dan Bejar's head. It makes almost no sense when you pull back from it, and almost less...
It's Real

Ex Hex: It’s Real

I don't know much about Pat Benatar other than the fact she was a style icon. And played some 80s rock tunes that stylized power chords and put some ballz into the genre...
Power Chords

Mike Krol: Power Chords

Mike Krol’s Power Chords is like an ode to what music ought to be. No, seriously. There’s so much garbage out there. So much “experimentation.” So much electronica...
Fall Into the Sun

Swearin’: Fall Into the Sun

There’s something warm and inviting about boy/girl singing. Even if it’s not at the same time. Like Blake Babies or something I used to jam out to in the Discman...
Turkey

Mike Krol: Turkey

Jay Reatard may be gone but his spirit lives on in the disturbingly manic Mike Krol. Clocking in at a mere 18 minutes, his 10-track album loads pop gem after po...
Rips

Ex Hex: Rips

This irony here — or not so much irony, but pity — is that this is the album Wild Flag probably thought they were making. Or at least hoped they’d make. It’s no...
Ivy Tripp

Waxahatchee: Ivy Tripp

I want to like this. I do. The same way I wanted to like PJ Harvey and some of those woman-fronted college radio rock bands from back in the 90s. I just can't g...
MCII

Mikal Cronin: MCII

What rock music these days isn't in some varying throwback style? What's old is new and all that. It just seems that we've explored all the musical genres at th...
Wild Flag

Wild Flag: Wild Flag

Welcome to Sleater-Kinney’s less annoying little cousin. Not to say that all Sleater-Kinney is annoying, but there’s only so much riot grrrrrrl a person can tak...
Kaputt

Destroyer: Kaputt

My reaction to this album was somewhat akin to my reaction the first time I heard Spoon's Girls Can Tell. It was a Spoon album, to be sure, but a Spoon album th...