REVIEW: Seahaven is an unexpected hit

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Seahaven – Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only 4.5/5 Reverie Lagoon is a record I never expected. In fact, I’m not even sure why I first listened to it. Seahaven has never played a huge role in the indie or punk scenes, rather settling for a back catalog of Brand New influence, challenging vocal delivery […]

REVIEW: La Dispute and Manchester Orchestra

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La Dispute – Rooms of the House 5/5 In 2011, La Dispute released Wildlife, their second LP and an emotionally exhausting affair that carried on for nearly an hour. Therein lied the album’s greatest strength and weakness all rolled into one inconvenient realization: La Dispute had created an album so lyrically dense, that you had […]

REVIEW: The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace is There

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  The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace is There 5/5 This record came to me by surprise through an email from a record label advertising a band I’d listened to maybe once, and only recently recognized as an artist to keep my eye on. As I nonchalantly pressed play, expecting just a mystery background soundtrack […]

REVIEW: A fangirl talks “Fangirl”

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There is a huge difference between being a fan of something and being a “fangirl.”  A casual fan might read all the books in a series, or see all the movies and could tell you their favorite part. A fangirl (which by the way, is almost a gender-neutral term) definitely read every book in the […]

Review: Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All

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Modern Baseball-You’re Gonna Miss It All 3.5/5   On Modern Baseball’s second LP, You’re Gonna Miss It All, it would appear as though the band has improved and expanded themselves in all the wrong directions. Modern Baseball seem to be an outlier of sorts, an odd and perplexing case of a band whose strong points can […]

REVIEWS: MGMT, Chvrches, Bill Callahan, Kings of Leon

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MGMT MGMT Columbia 2 Stars After the surprise success of MGMT’s debut “Oracular Spectacular” in 2008, the duo of Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser become indie superstars. However, the two of them have been distancing themselves from their first album ever since. After confusing fans with their sophomore release, MGMT’s self-titled album pushes them even […]

Spring breaking in Oz

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While most people spent their spring break lounging on a beach or participating in a service trip, I was stuck in my hometown of Cleveland, where the weather seldom climbs above freezing this time of year. To entertain myself – and keep warm – I saw “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” a prequel to the […]