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Kurt Vile by Mara Robinson

Kurt Vile and Purling Hiss @ The Grog Shop 4.2.2016

Kurt Vile is chill, so fucking chill. Words crawl out of his mouth in a slacked drawl. Notes from his guitar have so much reverb they sound as if they had wobble their way through jelly on their way from the stage to your ears. Kurt Vile is so fucking chill, he inspires conversations between strangers on the amazingness that is legal weed in Colorado. The truth is, it takes a lot of work to be that chill. Vile alternates nimble finger picking with all out assaults on his guitar.
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spacinTotalFreedom
11 Score

The Rockometer: Total Freedom by Spacin’

Let's talk about this Spacin' album, Total Freedom, 'cause to be honest, Total Freedom, and the previous Spacin' album, Deep Thuds, are pretty much the only things I've been listening to the past two weeks. Total Freedom shreds. It choogles. It's the work of jam masters. It's a jam monster.
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9 Score

The Rockometer: Fuzz II by Fuzz

    Fuzz Fuzz II In the Red Records Did I miss the warning label? This new record by Ty Segall's Fuzz should have a ...
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9 Score

The Rockometer: New Bermuda by Deafheaven

Black metal doesn't like California black metal band, Deafheaven, that much has been established since the band's rapid ascent. But did you know, Deafheaven, in addition to being influenced by black metal, but not being a black metal band, is fond of Brit-Pop icons, Oasis? In a lengthy profile in Pitchfork that is well worth the read (dude's didn't have it easy, dude's had to hustle and grind), lead guitarist Kerry McCoy was proud of the fact that Deafheaven's third album, New Bermuda, was scheduled to be released on the 20th anniversary of Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
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6 Score

The Rockometer: Negative Feedback Resistor by Destruction Unit

All this noise for what? Oh, Destruction Unit live up to their name on Negative Feedback Resistor. Their sound is that of a tornado ripping apart a trailer park -- the kitchen sink rattling its contents of crusted pots and pans, vinyl siding smashing against once immovable oaks, cars piled upon cars. No one does destruction with guitar better than these dudes. Everything they touch rips with the ferocity of west coast hardcore and east coast noise addicts.
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8 Score

The Rockometer: The Agent Intellect by Protomartyr

Living in a once-bustling, major Midwest metro like Detroit, requires a certain amount of resilience. Yet few, even the most avid civic boosters of Detroit or Cleveland or Buffalo, for that matter make resilience sound as virtuous as Detroit's Protomarty do on The Agent Intellect.
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obniiisworthalotofmoney
7 Score

The Rockometer: Worth a Lot of Money by OBN IIIs/S/T by Snooty Garbagemen

When you trade in '70s style riff rock, like the OBN IIIs do, there's inherent risk. One hackneyed rhyme of "Rock 'N' Roll" and "soul" and all good will is lost. You get labeled as the kids who never left the Camaro and the high school parking lot, whose best and blurriest days all had two things in common: Budweiser cans and stank weed.
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9 Score

The Rockometer: High by Royal Headache

If musicians were subject to rules of an NFL-style draft, Royal Headache's vocalist, a man who goes by the name Shogun, would be a first round pick. His voice has the wear of a life that hasn't always been an easy one to live. He's got soul. He's got effortless range. If he came in the age in the late '60s he could have fronted the Faces. In the '70s it would have been The Nerves or The Jam. And, if he came of age in the '80s, and really, really liked his booze, he could slide right into an outfit like the Replacements. In the grunge era, he would have sung like he had marbles in his mouth. Let's be glad Shogun is not active in 1995, but in 2015, where he sounds right at home in this scrappy four-piece, garage band from Sydney.
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