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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Former Faces: Ryan Parmenter’s Sonic Jaunt

    The morning after Thanksgiving I found myself with a throbbing headache; I sat on a train and watched a wall of passing trees disappear beyond the steamed-up windows beside me. With the residual taste of shitty whiskey still lurking in my mouth, I hoped to redirect my attention to...
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