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The Joy Formidable “Wolf’s Law”: Album Review

Atlantic (2013)

When someone uses “shoegaze” to describe a band’s sound, we don’t normally think of that as a “big” sound. But UK-based alt-rock act The Joy Formidable has already proven they aren’t a band that colors inside the lines. They’ve figured out how to take buzzy guitars, combine them with big drums and bass lines, and create a big sound. Their sophomore full-length release Wolf’s Law takes this trend to the […]


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Wild Nothing “Nocturne” –Album Review

Captured Tracks (2012)

When Wild Nothing (the shoegaze project of Virginia-based Jack Tatum) first released Gemini in 2010, the record painted a musical picture that was intriguing, but rather blurry and unfocused. By contrast, the sophomore release Nocturne brings things into clear view. Musically speaking, that is. As a musical act, Wild Nothing still feels a bit like an enigma, and Tatum seems to like it that way. In a manner typical of […]


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DIIV Leaps Into the “Oshin”

Captured Tracks (2012)

Listening to Oshin, the debut release from New York-based indie band DIIV, actually gives me the feeling that I’m listening to a rock band play underwater. Not saying that’s a bad thing—just saying. From the moment you, er, dive into this record, you understand that Oshin is about an experience, a sensation, rather than a tracklist. The best way I can describe it is that DIIV sounds like 80’s rock […]