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Rough Trade Shops Bella Union 15: 15 Years of Bella Union Records

Bella Union

To honor its impressive roster of musicians and loyal customers, Bella Union has teamed up with Rough Trade Shops to celebrate Bella Union’s fifteenth year as an esteemed independent by compiling a 34-artist, 144-minute collection culled from the label’s quietly rich history. The artists here have never been million-sellers (Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut in 2008 [...]

Nick Ferrio & His Feelings – Introducing Nick Ferrio & His Feelings

Nick Ferrio & His Feelings

Nick Ferrio is a country singer-songwriter from Peterborough, ON who has played bass for The Burning Hell for the past six years. Now, Ferrio is venturing out with a solo effort of exquisite country songs under the cleverly named (and inarguably fitting) backing band moniker of Nick Ferrio & His Feelings. The nine songs that [...]

Mono – For My Parents

Mono

On their sixth album, For My Parents, the veteran Japanese band Mono have cultivated an experience of exquisite musical artistry with compositions both befitting the entirety of their lauded catalog and finding the band bridging the chasm between rock instrumentation and classical music more than ever before. Mono have never been elated with the lazy [...]

Allah-Las – Allah-Las

Allah-Las

On their self-titled debut album, Allah-Las, an exceptionally tight Los Angeles outfit brandishing unabashed adoration for Nuggets-era garage, the Paisley Underground,  and all things distinctly Californian, deliver a superb collection of jangling, backward-leaning rock and roll songs that rattle the brain and get the body shaking like true classics. Every cut on Allah-Las brings a [...]

The Vaccines – Come Of Age

The Vaccines Album Cover

Most criticism surrounding The Vaccines usually revolves around the notion that their sound is business-as-usual for garage-influenced Brit pop, another band trying to fill the void left when The Libertines exited the scene. Their first record, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines, was ironically exactly what I expected from The Vaccines: a well-executed but less edgy version of [...]

Cat Power – Sun

Cat Power

On Sun, the ninth studio album of Cat Power’s esteemed recording career and first in more than four years, Chan Marshall takes a bold singular vision, a ferocious propensity to make strong music on her terms, a heart burst wide open, and a wealth of damned-if-I-do, damned-if-I-don’t risks executed with consummate grace and an uncanny [...]

Stars – The North

Stars

Stars, the Montreal five-piece of genuine heartbreak royalty, sound decidedly invigorated and joyous on their sixth album, The North. Thankfully, they refueled without sacrificing the doe-eyed wonder, aching introspection and lovelorn chronicling that amounted to an essential voice to so many fans for more than a decade. The album (fairly unsurprisingly) opens with crackling and [...]

Maximo Park – The National Health

the national health

After a three-year hiatus, Maximo Park return with unyielding ambition on The National Health; unfortunately, this does not work in their favor. The band struggles to reclaim the edge and whimsy of A Certain Trigger and, as a consolation, pursues shinier production and loftier lyricism. The finished product is both charming and alienating; it successfully [...]