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No Age pairs its raucous art punk sound with introspective lyrics on new LP, Goons Be Gone

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Goons Be Gone, No Age’s fifth LP and second on Drag City, furthers the L.A noise punks’ exploration of dense guitar textures and fiery drumming. Guitarist Randy Randall and drummer/singer Dean Spunt return with 11 new songs that are as loud as they are intricate, pondering existential questions through relatable lyrics that don’t always specify a context. Continue reading No Age pairs its raucous art punk sound with introspective lyrics on new LP, Goons Be Gone

Melodic death metal band Astralborne keeps its debut, Eternity’s End, fresh with a handful of stylistic changeups

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Last year, Toledo trio Astralborne self-released its hour-long debut album, Eternity’s End. But now, the hearty LP — forged by two members of the Viking metal band Hammer Horde and Paul Fuzinski from Blood of the Prophets — has been re-released by Prosthetic Records, widening the reach of the Ohio band’s melodic death metal sound. Continue reading Melodic death metal band Astralborne keeps its debut, Eternity’s End, fresh with a handful of stylistic changeups

Threadbare channels many musical styles through a jazz lens on debut LP, Silver Dollar

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Threadbare’s Silver Dollar isn’t a conventional jazz record. Despite having instruments that might belong to a jazz trio — bass clarinet, guitar and drums — the Chicago group infuses rock, metal and free jazz flare to give each of the eight tracks a unique feel. Continue reading Threadbare channels many musical styles through a jazz lens on debut LP, Silver Dollar