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Sheer Mag – Playing Favorites

By - Kristi Houk Recommended if you like Thin Lizzy, Mannequin Pussy, Hop Along It’s a new era for Philly based rock band, Sheer Mag. The band recently signed to Third Man Records (started by Jack White in Nashville) and have released Playing Favorites a killer album of 70’s rock mixed with theatrics and funk. On title track, “Playing Favorites” it’s clear that the band fronted by bombshell, punk icon, […]

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Music Review

Pissed Jeans – Half Divorced

By - Jackie Lo If you like: Idles, Health, Metz, Mudhoney, Jesus Lizard Pissed Jeans released their 6th album Half Divorced today on Sub Pop. Singer Matt Korvette said, “Half-Divorced has an aggression within it, in terms of saying, I don’t want this reality. There’s a power in being able to say, I realize you want me to pay attention to these things, but I’m telling you that they don’t […]

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Music Review

Mannequin Pussy – I Got Heaven

By - Jackie Lo If you like: Screaming Females, Hotline TNT, slutever, Bully, Ovlov Look. Listen. I live in Alabama and it hasn’t been a great few weeks for those of us that have to worry about reproductive issues. Let’s be honest, we’ve been pissed off and pissed on (nonconsensually) for a long time and this is just another devastating blow. I always think it can’t get worse or weirder…yet […]

todayFebruary 29, 2024 27

Music Review

Mary Timony – Untame the Tiger *Merge Records

By - Kristi Houk Recommended if you like: Wild Flag, Kristin Harsh, Margaret Glassy, Liz Phair “You really can’t love without letting go…”  -Mary Timony Ain’t it the truth? There are many of these “truths” circling Timony’s latest release, Untame the Tiger, her first solo album in 15 years.  Not that she hasn’t been making kick ass music since then - she definitely has - see Wild Flag, Ex Hex, […]

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Music Review

Glitterer – Rationale

In today’s scene, where the echoes of DIY ethos clash with the glossy facade of mainstream appeal, Glitterer is back once again, working through it all with their latest LP: "Rationale."  In a way, even though this album is not Glitterer's first record it is THIS bands first.  What started of as a solo side project of Ned Russin has now been fully realized and and this new fuller version […]

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Music Review

Lætitia Sadier – Rooting For Love

By - Jackie Lo If you like: Stereolab, Air, French Pop, electropop, conservation and environmentalism I admit I have a soft spot for French music. Well, a lot of things that are French actually. The language, the food, the film, the fashion, and the architecture and design.  Late summer of 2020, during the height of the covid-induced shut down, I even did an entire show dedicated to my favorite French […]

todayFebruary 22, 2024 24

Music Review

IDLES – TANGK : Taming the Beast

By - Paul Cordes Wilm Bad news : If you have known and loved IDLES’ bold and aggressively in-your-face punk music from their debut album (2017’s BRUTALISM) and were stunned and slightly irritated by a few of the songs on 2021’s CRAWLER in which lead singer Joe Talbot trades in his go-to shout style for some actual no-nonsense soul singing and the band accordingly and melodically slows things down, then […]

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Music Review

Grandaddy – Blu Wav

By - Craig Ceravolo Whenever I get into a car that’s not mine and plug my phone in, the car takes over my music library and Grandaddy’s “A.M. 180” pops up on the screen (my car is old and doesn’t have a screen). It’s on account of the alphabet and what-not (you know how these things work), but it is also a nice announcement of where my musical brain is […]

todayFebruary 15, 2024 23

Music Review

Pouty – Forgot About Me

By - Jackie Lo If you like: Slutever, Charly Bliss, Girlpool, Vivian Girls, Wednesday The first time I heard Pouty was when they became the “Song of the Week” here on Substrate Radio back in September when their song “Virgos Need More Love” was released. I loved the catchy chorus, I am always a sucker for fuzzy power pop, and it was also my partner’s birthday that week, who is […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024 44

Music Review

Pylon Reenactment Society – Magnet Factory * Strolling Bones Records

By - Kristi Houk Recommended if you like: Pylon, REM, Suburban Lawns, Swell Maps Pylon (noun) a: A usually massive gateway There would be no REM without seminal, post-punk, Athens, GA art students turned band, Pylon. Period. Former REM drummer Bill Berry famously said when declining Rolling Stone’s claim that REM was “America’s Best” saying that it was Pylon instead. Pylon’s influence on post-punk /alternative/indie - whatever descriptor is used […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024 28

Music Review

Torres – What an Enormous Room (Merge Records)

By - Kristi Houk Recommended if you like: Squirrel Flower,  St. Vincent, Talking Heads Myth #5,946: Songwriting is best when the songwriter is depressed. Mackenzie Scott who performs as Torres busts this myth wide open with a healthy dose of anxiety on her new album, What an Enormous Room released on Merge Records. She seems to be wrestling with imposter syndrome and checking herself when she falls down that path. […]

todayFebruary 1, 2024 21

Music Review

The Umbrellas – Fairweather Friend

By - Jason Hamric Recommended if you like Magnetic Fields, The Pains of Being Pure of Heart, Alvvays If you are a fan of emotional, feel good, throw back indie rock then The Umbrellas sophomore release ‘Fairweather Friend’  isn’t to be slept on.  Following up their debut self titled album from 2021 they have grown and expanded their sound exponentially, while somehow managing to keep the pure of heart innocence […]

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