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REVIEW: “Window In” by Michael Vallera

By ELI JACE > Michael Vallera creates dark room drone. Window In is the new album from Chicago-based musician and photographer Michael Vallera. The entire album acts as a piece of scrambled drone surging through your speakers. It moves like space debris, hanging and sustaining. The field is wide.   Vallera has spent a career...

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REVIEW: “Odd West” by Jason McMahon

  By ELI JACE > Odd West is the debut solo album from Jason McMahon and it plays like snowflake flurries caught in a valley. Its beautiful cover illustration beckons forth with thick charcoal burnt guitar strings evaporating into ripped out cassette tape.   McMahon’s central command is the acoustic guitar. Odd West is instrumental,...

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REVIEW: “Wide Open Sky” by Pat Irwin + J. Walter Hawkes

By ELI JACE > Guitar & trombone pace between the aisles under a cloudless sky on the debut album from Pat Irwin & J. Walter Hawkes. Its title, Wide Open Sky, is appropriate imagery. The above plane is expansive and reaches out infinitely. The music here is in no hurry. Like wind where there is...

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Nick Cave – Part 1: The Album

The inimitable Nick Cave creates a synth-gospel masterpiece as he rounds out a trilogy of albums with Ghosteen amid a tragic loss. Nick Cave has cemented his legendary status as a storyteller, poet, singer, and frontman by exorcising manic tales of depravity alongside the most touching piano ballads. Cave doesn’t pull punches, his expression is always...

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New Hip Hop Albums on Vinyl: Denzel Curry “ZUU” and Schoolboy Q “CrasH Talk”

Highly recommended new hip hop/rap albums on vinyl include two heavy hitters and highly anticipated releases in their own right; Florida rapper Denzel Curry’s “ZUU” and Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q’s “CrasH Talk”. Schoolboy Q doesn’t waste any time hitting you in the face with heavy beats and dark, heady synth-infused production on album opener...

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REVIEW: “Blood Year” by Russian Circles

By ELI JACE > The new album from Russian Circles, Blood Year, is the sound of Armageddon, of lost causes and cratering landscapes. The three-man group from Chicago continue their instrumental onslaught on your speakers with their seventh studio album. Russian Circles don’t need a singer because in the space between their instruments you can...

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REVIEW: Ghost Box (Expanded) by SUSS

By ELI JACE > You want suspension of self and that little room you’re in? Here’s something: Ghost Box by SUSS, a New York City quintet inducingly self-labeled, “ambient country.” The newly expanded edition comes from Northern Spy Records. Ghost Box (Expanded) by SUSS SUSS originally self-released Ghost Box in February 2018, but after lighting...

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AlBUM REVIEW: Jonesin’ by Uncle Brother

By ELI JACE > Uncle Brother’s debut album, Jonesin’, is a set of gorgeous songs in the traditional folk realm, but with a warm sheen that’ll make the body go numb. Uncle Brother is Patrick Maguire, songwriter and guitarist, with an assist from a few friends. Jonesin’ was recorded and self-released at the end of...

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GATECREEPER Bring Harsh Conditions on Debut Album

The Arizona sun can be an oppressive force, an unforgivable presence. “I do think people from Arizona, I think maybe our brains are a little fried,” Chase H. Mason of GATECREEPER said during his sit-down interview with IMP. As a member of the new Arizona metal group that can be good for at least one...

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Album Review – SNAFU Kitties “Break Yo’ Back” EP

SNAFU Kitties “Break Yo Back” EP is the latest album to be sent my way, and it’s an impressive debut with a funky, jazzy take on pop/rock inspired by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, The Beatles and Fiona Apple. This combination makes for pop/rock that is both experimental and interesting. Lead singer Jessie...

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