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Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8IlyzO3uWk

foxtails are an incredibly creative post-hardcore band I've been following for a while now, and with fawn it seems they've released their most cohesive and emotional album to date. The contrast between the dark, dissonant rhythm section and the melancholy violin makes for a particularly compelling palette of sounds not often seen in a screamo record, as does the vocalist's limitless range and talent. A unique album that is a must-listen ... read more
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Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-6uey5GKO0

As someone who has been listening to Earl Sweatshirt since 2012, let me tell you that every single time Earl has released an album it has felt like a revolutionary moment in hip hop. His debut mixtape was widely accepted at the time as the greatest Odd Future record-- its unusual mix of crude OF edginess paired with shockingly impressive technical rapping made it one of the most intriguing mixtapes of its generation, and the fact that ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmlBo896F6A

Kaizo Slumber, formerly known as Acetantina, has put together a masterfully executed EDM record that blends nostalgia of the 2000s with nostalgia of the 2010s in a super catchy and creative package. This album is extremely entertaining, catchy, playful, and it flows wonderfully from start to finish. Awesome record
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nqy6L4ORXk

The Weeknd has really impressed me with how many unoriginal ideas he's managed to squeeze into just one record. He straight up used the nostalgic radio gimmick just a year after this album's executive producer Oneohtrix Point Never did the exact same thing in Magic Oneohtrix Point Never. WHY DIDN'T ANYONE SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THIS BLATANT RECYLING?

Alright I guess can look past the recycled radio gimmick (Jim Carrey's performance is ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRCSKXkvZRU

100 gecs literally invented the genre of epic. In their new song 'mememe' (notice how it says "meme" :D) they FREAKING PERFECT IT. The epic blend of just absolute freaking insanity with their overwhelmingly wholesome chaotic good energy is just too Bad Luck Brian for me to handle if I'm being dank. Long story short, THIS IS TRULY THE SPORK OF MUSIC!
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rKPr1YYqwM

Imagine if this album wasn't released by Adele, and just some random up and coming singer-songwriter. DO YOU THINK ANYONE WOULD CARE ABOUT THIS? HELL NO!

It's literally the blandest genre ever (singing on top of piano? WOW! what do you even call it? theater kid core?) and then you take that boring genre and then you make it even lazier and more vapid with the least inspired songwriting ever delivered in British.

I am genuinely curious ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9QPDuIFJXA

This album exists for one reason and one reason only: Taylor Swift knew she'd make more money from these songs if she re-recorded and re-released them, so that's exactly what she did.

Of course, "Red - More Profitable Version" doesn't have the same ring to it as "Taylor's Version", so every tabloid you could imagine ate up some vague narrative about greedy record labels and managers weaseling Taylor out of the ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUb8BGplEZM

Recently Anthony Fantano went on a bit of a Twitter tirade with his assertion that conservatives are not capable of making great music or art. As a leftist I admittedly got a kick out of it, however I also initially found it somewhat facile by minimizing the complexities of art/politics/human psychology. Sadly, after listening to Blue Banisters by Lana Del Rey, it seems this record has demonstrably proved Anthony Fantano's point.

Lana ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x7Cbpst-CU

Over the past few years I've gradually watched JPEGMAFIA grow from one of the most promising artists in experimental hip hop to one of the most exciting artists active today in any genre. VETERAN established him as a musician with boundless creativity and All My Heroes Are Cornballs solidified him as an absolute glitch hop virtuoso. LP! builds off the disjointed, chaotic, and unpredictable structure of All My Heroes, but dives even ... read more
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VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piqQJveh-r8

I respect Young Thug but this is more like a Young Crud, avant garde (c)rap. You are allowed to do whatever you want in music, but calling an album "PUNK" when it's not even remotely punk is a huge mistake since there are guitars in this album new people are going to look at this album and hear the guitars and think "oh, this is what punk is", when it isn't punk AT ALL.

I hope the next album that calls itself punk is ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu9cEM3vPqE

Just like a lot of other music nerds on here, I'm also a bit perplexed as I try to figure out exactly how to categorize this album in terms of genre. Is it punk or metal? (I'm team punk but the metal influences are undeniable) Is it post rock or progressive rock? (probably both) Is it mathcore or math rock or brutal prog? (i don't know lol)

I'm inclined to put this record under the loosely defined yet super under-appreciated genre of ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsjmMxRpIRo

When a masterpiece drops, it isn't always so easy to tell if you're really listening to a truly exceptional album or if it's mostly just the initial hype swaying your opinion. As someone who has reviewed a lot of albums I like to believe my ability to pinpoint quality versus hype is a little sharper than most people's, so long story short, I am 100% confident this album is the real deal.

Injury Reserve's debut album was one of my ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbDJAlIaLqg

One thing I miss about being a young nerd getting into music for the first time was the mystery and magic behind the process of actually making an album. Even as a somewhat experienced musician, recording, mixing, and mastering is still a pretty mysterious process, but for the most part I'm usually able to nail down the general gist of how a record was put together when I listen to it.

Low's new album HEY WHAT brings all that mystery ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UhI-vut2G8

I absolutely love it when you can tell an artist is really excited about the music they're making. We've all had our moments where a specific song or album clicks and it's absolute euphoria, or where we're obsessively exploring our favorite subgenres and admiring the incredible legacies of our favorite artists. Throughout SIMBI, you can her Little Simz's very own love of hip hop radiating through every track, and it is absolutely ear ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfIYvAOEZhk

My very favorite part about this album? It speaks to the sexual tiger within me. As a stud, Certified Lover, whatever you'd like to call me, my sexual adventures have all sorts of ups and downs, and Drake's lyrics really hit me on a deeper level than really any other musician on this sensitive topic. Certified Lover Boy is really for us.

I will say--- the tracks are a banger (no pun intended). The beats blend the rare cloud rap, ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eXyI7__sfw

As a longtime hardcore fan, there were lots of things about this record that pretty much immediately turned me off. The singles, the way it was marketed, the pristine production, the album artwork, the incredibly catchy hooks, and the even slower indie pop songs all screamed of Turnstile abandoning their NYHC roots in favor of those good old-fashioned Spotify streams. This genre of hardcore-gone-poppy, what I sometimes call "Disney ... read more
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VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKt92qbniOQ

Kanye West has finally released his long awaited album Donda, and given the length, features, and lyricism, I was excited as anyone else when it first dropped. But Jail Part Two featuring Marilyn Manson and DaBaby has put such a bad taste in my mouth I really cannot listen to this album anymore. The decision to contaminate Donda (an album supposedly dedicated to his late mother) with an intentionally controversial track featuring an ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKtstDzf9ME

Deafheaven are a seriously talented band. Love them or hate them, their alluring blend of abrasive-yet-beautiful musical influences has led them to become one of the most discussed rock bands of the past decade, as well as one of the most debated. Personally I think they're great. Admittedly, I was getting kind of tired of their whole blackgaze shtick by the time they released Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, so when I heard they were ... read more
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VIDEO REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG9XQfsLJ3o

Lingua Ignota absolutely blew my mind in 2017 with her classic death industrial debut All Bitches Die, and continued to demonstrate her impressive musical abilities in Caligula. Sinner Get Ready, which takes a dive into the much more acoustic and drony universe of avant-folk (very similar to Nico's experimental releases), again makes it clear Lingua Ignota is a highly capable and creative musician even when utilizing very different ... read more
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