colin kirkland

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    The Growlers – Night Ride

    Brooks Nielsen’s voice is stand-out in the surf-rock indie community; a raspy sound of dark beaches and psychedelic waves crashing under the pier. We’ve always felt that this has somehow introduced an added level of authenticity within The Growlers’ discography, which will be growing come this Fall with their...
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    The Weeknd – Starboy (feat. Daft Punk)

    We know; it’s everywhere. The Weeknd is everywhere. Daft Punk is everywhere. And when the three artists, Abel, Guy-Manuel, and Thomas came together and released this title track for Starboy the Weeknd’s upcoming, highly anticipated album, they produced a track that highlights both bands’ specialties. The Weeknd’s stand-up flow...
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    Getting the Nude Truth with Naked Giants

    North Country hippie-chicks head banging to a new lo-fi track called “Pyramids” in a sweat-stained college house with three fur-coat-wearing “deejays” running tunes is the exact image I decided to share with Naked Giants, originators of said song, to kick off our interview last Saturday afternoon. I was in...
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    The Lemon Twigs – As Long As We’re Together

    Eighties-esque synthesizer, bouncy and wild; a piercing horn against a stand-up bass backdrop; lo-fi electric snarl ricocheting through a sweaty basement venue: these are sounds that have tremendous influence in progressive and/or popular bands’ music and image right now. But The Lemon Twigs have looked back far beyond the...
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    THROWBACK: Terrace Martin – I Had No Idea (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

    Two-time Grammy winner, producer and skilled saxophonist, Terrace Martin, released his sixth studio this past April, of which features one of our favorite tunes right now: “Valdez Off Crenshaw,” (at bottom) a track that builds like Santana’s Abraxis and is maintained by a mellow, airy sax. It’s perfect for...
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    Sex on Toast – Oh Loretta!

    FBI: Feel Better Immediately If taking an Australian film class in college – liberal arts… – taught me anything, it’s that it’s a fucked up place. Watch Sex On Toast perform this feel-great dance jam with 80’s style, cowboy hats, sequin, and a weird amount of blood....
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    St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Flow with It (You Got Me Feeling Like)

    Yesterday, Paul Janeway and his band of Broken Bones released their second album, of which the title couldn’t be more accurate. “Sea of Noise,” opens through a spacey fog with a Justin Vernon feel with “Crumbling Light Posts, Pt. 1, but then with a low-key catchy guitar riff they...
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    Noname – Shadow Man

    Fatimah Warner’s first mixtape, “Telefone,” dropped last month and everything from the album artwork to her playfully serious rhymes presents us with a powerful new female presence in the evolution of rap. The production is clean. The beats are tight and diverse, ranging from spacey to bouncy surrounding extremely...
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    Milk & Bone – Natalie

    Milk and Bone are a Montreal-based band that hasn’t quite surfaced in pop culture yet. The group is made up of two first nation women named Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin who have crisp, angelic voices. They write and produce all of their own music including their 2015 debut,...