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    Bearded Bowies – An Interview with Madaila

    Written by Colin Kirkland cjkwrites.com The Sinclair dressing room. Sound-check. I look at the men of Madaila – a cosmic improv-pop group hailing from Burlington, Vermont – and mention that I’m thinking about calling them “The Bearded Backstreet Boys” in my article. They nod and smile, but as it...
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    TEST – Going for Clarity with Blake Stokes

    Written by Colin Kirkland Blake Stokes is growing up. He just had a child; he finally moved out of his rehearsal space; and he is no longer getting drunk on stage. Instead, he is using clarity and concision to best represent the sonic chaos heard in his LA punk-rock...
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    Greyface: Guided by Chaos with Jutty Taylor

    Written by Colin Kirkland In Malaclypse The Younger’s 1963 text, Principia Discordia, there is a man named Greyface who ultimately curses mankind with an everlasting “bad trip.” While naming his LA band in reference to the medieval curmudgeon, as well as a cat who roams the alleyway behind his...
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    Spoon – Hot Thoughts

    On their 2014 release, They Want My Soul, Spoon showcased their classic head-bobbing drum-heavy rock & roll with a new inventive edge. Synthesizers and drum-machines infused liquid hit, “Inside Out,” and closing track, “New York Kiss.” Britt Daniel and his band of indie-rockers have always been able to blend...
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    Temples – Strange or Be Forgotten

    With their sophomore record due out on the third of March, Temples has something new for us. Since releasing the debut single “Certainty” a few weeks ago, the British quartet has unloaded another vibrant synth-heavy track off Volcano called “Strange or Be Forgotten.” The track opens with a pounding...
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    INTERVIEW: Dyado Strays from Folk, Finds New Sound

    Written by Colin Kirkland “Dyado” means Grandfather in Bulgarian This band in particular has a poetic origin story. In the summer of 2015 Matt Lohan grabbed his fiddle and left his home in South Carolina to head north and work on a sailing ship off the coast of Maine....
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    Jenny Hval – The Great Undressing (Official Music Video)

    Jenny Hval’s most recent album, Blood Bitch was critically acclaimed making its way onto many of the Top-Album lists of the year. The record was influenced by 70s horror films; you can actually hear her talking about it in the opening to “The Great Undressing”: “What’s this album about...
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    Bon Iver Live @ Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works

    Written by Colin Kirkland When my friend, Gilly, and I pulled into Red Hook, we looked around wondering whether or not the driver was planning on murdering us, or if he simply drove to the wrong location. Desolation: wide littered streets, abandoned warehouses; there was no one to be...
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    Mr. Tambourine Man – Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

    During a recent Spotify Session, former Walkmen lead singer, Hamilton Leithauser, joined together with Rostam Batmanglij – Vampire Weekend’s former “secret sauce” (according to Pitchfork) – and recorded a refreshing yet nostalgic homage to Nobel Prize winner, Bob Dylan. With their debut record, I Had A Dream That You...