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DickDiverMelbourneFlorida

Play Me: “Waste the Alphabet” by Dick Diver

The first words I associate with Melbourne indie rock act, Dick Diver, tend to be words like casual, comforting and familiar, as if the musicians in the band were friends first and musicians later, and the songs were merely extensions of the bond they already shared.
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Torche

Play Me: “Minions” by Torche

As much as I liked borrowing conservative pundit, Mike Huckabee's description of Florida heavies, Torche, as the heavy metal Foo Fighters, the ...
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Krill - A Distant Fist Unclenching

Play Me: “Torturer” by Krill

The Mass band, Krill, have a lot going for them. They have a steadily increasing profile on the up-and-coming rock label, Exploding in Sound records. They have a name and sound that reflects the best of '90s guitar rock. And yet, in true '90s, throwback fashion, they can't find satisfaction in any of it.
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Play Me: “Surface Envy” by Sleater-Kinney

Go through the band's revered discography and ask yourself when was the last time they sounded so soulful, so rambunctious and noisy, so right now? I'm not sure I would have ever described Sleater-Kinney as soulful, but from the vocals to the relentless beat, this one aims to wreck the room. And the guitars! The way Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker nasty things up with ear gouging squawks merely adds to the track's combustible nature.
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Play Me: “Straight” by A Place to Bury Strangers

After exploding onto the scene in 2007 with one of the loudest and most jarring live shows in the game, the industrial-strength, New York noise band, A Place to Bury Strangers have often struggled to match the intensity of those early days when comparisons to Jesus and Mary Chain hung around the band's neck like the storied albatross, only to be obliterated by a ruckus so severe, the human ear buckled in ecstasy. Or, to put it more succinctly, if you love it loud, you loved A Place to Bury Strangers.
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Play Me: “Nights in the Dark” by California X

Don't be alarmed by the D&D inspired album art on the embed below. California X are still the same band of rippers who make motorcycle rock for people who'd rather stomp a Steppenwolf LP than consider the possibility that their old man has good taste in music
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Sleater-Kinney Band Photo

Play Me: “Bury Our Friends” by Sleater-Kinney

Beloved, Washington rock trio, Sleater-Kinney are back, and, hot damn, are they back in a big way. First there's the matter of the career-spanning box set out tomorrow. Then, we found that career-spanning box set contained a mystery 45. The mystery 45 was confirmed to be from a new album, No Cities to Love (out 1.20 on Sub Pop). And, finally, that new album is leading to a world-wide reunion tour. Not a bad weekend for Sleater-Kinney fans, huh?
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Nothing

A Jam Packed Thursday with Nothing, Cult of Youth, Mr Gnome, Twerps, and Parkay Quartz

When the book is closed on 2014, or a month from now when music pubs start pushing their end of the year round-ups, a surprising release will likely top my list -- Nothing's Guilty of Everything. Upon it's release, I found it more diverse and more engaging than most modern shoegazer albums (your best comparison may be '90s alt-rockers Hum, a band who weren't afraid to go full metal during their atmospheric rock jams), yet, I also felt emptiness upon my initial listens. Here was a band fronted by an ex-punk, ex-con and I wanted more of the story to come through in the lyrics. Turns out, Nothing wasn't lacking. My patience was lacking. The title track kills me to this day.
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