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A Look in The Local Bin: Valley Hush

Yeah, it’s Black Friday. If you’re not traipsing through the holiday shopping track (or helping those find the perfect gift for everyone on their list), then you’re probably relaxing at home, or, at least, that’s what I would be doing. In any case, if you’re trying to find the perfect album to listen to while […]

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2pacalypse Now on Vinyl

For the first time ever, Tupac’s debut, 2pacalypse Now, is available on vinyl. Though the album was released 25 years ago, much of its lyrical content is as relevant today as it was in 1991. 2pacalypse Now, being Tupac’s first album, isn’t as refined as the albums that followed, but it does show hints of the concepts […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Sharp Weapons

Sharp Weapons are a force to be reckoned with. Whether their relentless heaviness is blasting through a venue’s PA or streaming through headphones, it has tension to it that makes each song snap. Their self-titled debut is nine tracks of this tension. Not to say each song of Sharp Weapons sounds alike–the band spreads its influences […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: 34

I first came across 34 on the Amplify KC compilation put out by Westend Recording Studios. The band’s track, “Brimstone Cowboy,” was definitely one of the heaviest on the compilation. Dissonance, break-downs, and cymbal-driven percussion gave “Brimstone Cowboy” an undeniable relentlessness that was surpassed only in its ability to craft catchy riff after catchy riff. […]

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Beastmaker Has Arrived

Beastmaker‘s debut, Lusus Naturae, has finally arrived on wax. The collection of heavy, Black Sabbath-worshipping, hazed-over riffage was due back in March but pressing issues delayed it until now. As promised by the Fresno based trio’s single, Lusus Naturae is collage of 70s-tinged metal. The whole album focuses on groove over grind for a feel that is dark without […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Your Friend & Organized Crimes

There’s something to be said about the depth, the space that reverb drenched vocals add to music. Sometimes, increasing the room a song takes up is the absolute wrong choice–it only magnifies every mistake within the track. But sometimes it makes the song come alive, turns it into an entity that’s larger than life. Your […]

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Top Ten Debuts of 2015 [Brian Clifton's Picks]

In the past few weeks, I’ve been counting down my top tens of 2015 (local releases and albums). The following are my top ten picks for debut albums. 10. Untitled (Five Tears) – Babes. The family band makes some of the saddest 60s rock influenced dreampop. I mean that sincerely and as a compliment. Equal […]

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Riala’s Be Here Be There Is Fully Present

Riala is no stranger to angular riffs and brooding bass. The Kansas City trio blends together the shimmering beauty of lush sonic atmospheres, the absolutely crushing disjunctions of early aughts screamo, and the difficult math of dark jazz. And the band’s debut, Be Here Be There, shows their very best. Be Here Be There takes Riala’s already […]