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Album Review: Gifts - Seven Songs

With two years and various lineup changes under their belt, Montclair based quartet Gifts have dropped Seven Songs, a solid and confident EP that provides the perfect starting block for a band who finally has all its working parts in order. Rather than add another band to further clutter the, "emo," tag, let's call this something like: Dark Math-Tinged Pop-Punk. Though only, well, seven songs, this album is a truly fulfilling listening experience with great narrative at its core. First and foremost, let's talk about the drumming....

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Album Review: Vasudeva - Life In Cycles

Is it possible to receive a cease and desist letter from a deity? Bernardsville, NJ's dreamy, groovy post-rock four-tet Vasudeva might know the answer to this question; at the moment, the Indian god after whom this band is named hasn't taken any legal action. Vasudeva probably wouldn't do that kind of thing anyway: his name translates to "good deity", and he never told a lie in his lifetime (!!), so he seems pretty content with things. What a good name to describe the music these dudes make, then. Vasudeva's debut Life in Cycles...

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Album Review: Little Big League - Tropical Jinx

Little Big League was just signed to Run For Cover records, and is still a relatively unknown band. That makes listening to them cool, right? Nevertheless, one word to describe their music is “sick.” Sick in the fact that there’s so much diversity in a single album that it makes for a dynamic adaptation to the “indie-emo revival” genre (and not in the idea that this album makes me sick and nauseous). When compared to previous releases, Tropical Jinx does not seem to stand out as much, however. The sound seems to...

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