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Dallas Acid: Meditation Music For the Fringes

Far back in the misty, decadent crevices of mid-2000s North Brooklyn there existed a ragtag, elegantly bearded band of Stones-worshipers that just about made it. Just about but not quite. The band in question was VietNam, a Michael Gerner-led gaggle… Continue Reading →

Lil Wayne’s Latest Mixtape: A Staggering Display of Postmodern Lyrical Absurdity

Here’s a challenge for all the English and Lit degree holders, the self-described writers and poets, and anyone else out there who feels they have a better-than-average grasp on vocabulary, syntax, alliteration, and the “bulls eye of beauty” that Yeats… Continue Reading →

Pinegrove Heads On Up The Country To Create “Marigold”, Their Finest Record Yet

There’s just something about the rugged hippie woodlands and shabby-chic villages of Upstate New York that will turn any band – from urban dandies to suburban basement show veterans – instantly into a junior Levon Helm experimenting with facial hair… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2019 Records

There should be no such thing as a “Best Of List”. People like what they like, and who is to say what was the best of anything for any given year? In the case of sites like Pitchfork and Stereogum,… Continue Reading →

Hawk Tubley’s Widescreen Urban Psych

Unlike the majority of “retro” leaning contemporary music, which tends to sound over studied and therefore drearily contemporary, Hawk Tubley really could have been on the radio in 1974. This Philadelphia solo act may be shackled to the Christian name… Continue Reading →

Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something

I first came to learn of Jemma when my friend Josh Gaffin at WSTQ in West Virginia spun “Helen is a Reptile”, a blistering tale of mental confusion fused with a sort of stony peculiarity. The ridiculously NSFW video finds… Continue Reading →

Bear Flambe’ Bring On The Bible Black Post Punk On “Laying Brick”

Zac Wood is building up his own reality. When one isn’t satisfied with their world, then what else is there to do? For Wood, after being in numerous bands, he decided to tackle the challenge of being his own one-man… Continue Reading →

Dope Lemon Rains Down The Sunshine On “Big Smooth Cat”

As always, Angus Stone revels in a psychedelic haze on Dope Lemon’s fantastic new offering, the epicly-named Smooth Big Cat. And as always, I’m more than happy to just be along for the absentminded ride. Like only the best tripped… Continue Reading →

Thelma and the Sleaze: Onstage Fights, Alabama Living, and Riffs For Days

The band is named “Thelma and the Sleaze” and their album is titled Fuck. Marry. Kill. This should tell a lot of what you need to know about this Nashville-born touring machine, but it doesn’t tell you everything. Thelma and… Continue Reading →

Ride, This Is Not A Safe Place, A Review

At some point during the long break between 1996 and 2017, the sound of Oxford’s dream noise outfit Ride made a subtle but revelatory shift. Although the band had always fully embraced sugary pop hooks, in their striped-sweater glory daze… Continue Reading →

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