Tag Archives: Mates

Obscure Sound: Best of February 2008

I always get excited when winter arrives, making it somewhat ironic that I get even more excited when the season is about to pass. After the snow loses its dramatic flair and becomes nothing more than a hassling obstacle for … Continue reading

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Howlin Rain Meets a Magnificent Fiend

In appliance to both musical and personal relationships, break-ups are generally regarded as an unavoidable aspect of life. Regardless of talent, mutual beliefs, or even natural chemistry, it is rare to find an individual who has never experienced detachment from … Continue reading

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Kara Keith Shows No Hesitation in Collaboration

Even though some artists clearly have the distinguished ability to write quality songs purely on their own, others tend to hold a form of bitter reluctance when given the opportunity to collaborate with others, even when they realize that the … Continue reading

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Relishing the Goodtimes Goodtimes

Though both aspects of optimistic ascension and pessimistic declination remain prevalent in the lyrical content for most conventional songwriters, there is often evidence of mundane repetition when an artist chooses to focus on exclusively either topic, revealing his emotions to … Continue reading

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Decoding The Hidden Messages

I am sure that at one point in your lives, many of you have experienced a feeling similar to the one felt by Matt and Edd of The Hidden Messages. It is a feeling of isolation, barrenness, and deprivation. And … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Georgie James – Places

Fomerly of D.C.-based trio Q and Not U, frontman John Davis steers an enjoyable debut with his partner in crime, keyboardist/vocalist Laura Burhenn. Avoiding most aspects of “cutesy” stereotypical male-female pop duos, the result is generally refreshing with plenty of engaging pop hooks to … Continue reading

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The Color Palette Says Black Before Red

As successfully as minimalism (or “theater composition”) worked for the likes of Philip Glass and Steve Reich, some artists simply prefer an openly expendable approach. Thick arrangements that one would call “challenging” or rich production values that ring off as … Continue reading

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