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    TRACE: It Will Get Emotional

    By Colin Kirkland cjkwrites.com “TRACE” is predominantly a nickname for Tracy, but it is also a symbolic title: to trace lines, to trace emotions. There are many indicators on TRACE’s Facebook profile that encapsulate sorrow. She describes her music as “lonely, with a beat,” characterizes it as “Sad-synth,” and...
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    PWR BTM – Laughter is the Best Medicine

    By Colin Kirkland Have you ever found yourself cackling in moments of sheer personal anguish? Sometimes the most human reaction is laughter; when you have no clue what your next move will be, when there’s no possible way to resolve the situation that just took place, or when you...
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    An Interview: Don’t Mess with Alaska Reid

    By Colin Kirkland “I’m driving,” says Alaska Reid, “If I have some road-rage don’t be mad at me.” I picture the twenty-one-year-old rock n’ roller tentatively working her way through mid-day Los Angeles traffic, getting ready to ram anyone daring enough to cut her off. Reid is the soul-proprietor...
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    Thomas Walmsley on Temples’ Volcanic Eruption

    Written by Colin Kirkland Yesterday, British psychedelic-rock band, Temples, released their second full-length LP entitled, Volcano. In attempt to veer away from close-ties to sixties-psychedelia, the boys from Kettering recorded at higher frequencies and created a piercing sound with big-question content. Since developing their 2014 debut, Sun Structures, through...
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    The Districts – Ordinary Day

    The Districts release their first tune since A Flourish and a Spoil in 2015, possibly one of their most expressive songs to date. Millennials, in my opinion, were born to adapt. We have no choice; everything has changed so rapidly since the nineties and now that we are in...
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    Toothless – A Conversation with Ed Nash

    Despite his previous fame in long-running indie success, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ed Nash’s current situation can be viewed as an underdog’s tale. At least the band name he chose embodies such; Toothless, a reference to a Raymond Pettibon sketch, in which a female tiger comically devours a boy’s cranium....
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    Drugdealer – The Real World

    This morning, I woke up and turned on Michael Collins’ newest album entitled The End of Comedy. Under the new moniker, Drugdealer, he presents a precious, nostalgic record that marks a step away from silliness and a move toward deepening artistic vision. Having performed in DIY bands like Salvia...
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    Nightlands – Lost Moon

    As a core member of The War On Drugs, Dave Hartley’s most recent single, “Lost Moon,” follows similar atmospheric, spaced-out sensations found in his previous three LPs under the moniker, Nightlands. I would say my favorite part of this track is the soulful screech emitted from the slide guitar,...
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    The Night Thief: Sonic Remedies with Bradley Register

    Written by Colin Kirkland “Snakes are in the kitchen / A devil in the yard” – a sun-lit galley somewhere in the South: a fifties house-wife stands still washing dishes at the sink, staring out of the open window. A subtle breeze blows by causing the linen curtains to...
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