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  • Some Underappreciated Beach Boys Songs
    Posted in: Featured, Music

    I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say most of us have grown up with The Beach Boys. When you were a kid you’d hear them on the radio, your mom or dad bopping along to every bah-bah-bah of “Barbara Ann”. Their carefree, sunny hits probably introduced you to surfing and fast cars, and who […]

  • Dare to Be Stupendous: The Poster Art of Ryan Duggan
    Posted in: Books, Music

    I have this fantasy that every city has its own amazing concert poster artist. You know the kind of posters I’m talking about: the screen-printed, bright-colored works of art you see at the best bars and venues. The thick-stocked signs you tear down and steal the moment you realize you’re going to the show. This […]

  • Mikal Cronin – MCIII Review
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    Mikal Cronin MCIII Merge May 4, 2015 Mikal Cronin is a grower. The 29-year-old Californian has three albums under his belt, and MCIII, his latest, feels like a personal culmination. He’s been readying himself for this, pushing his mature garage rock on each release. On his self-titled, the occasional Beach Boy harmony and flute solo. […]

  • The Coneheads – L.P.1. Review
    Posted in: Music

    The Coneheads L.P.1. ETT Records February 14, 2015 Anybody remember when cassettes took up half the space at music stores? At 23, I must be around the youngest to have that memory. Music buying was different back then. Yes, cassettes are making a comeback, but show me a store that has more than two racks of […]

  • Twerps Range Anxiety
    Twerps – Range Anxiety Review
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    Twerps Range Anxiety Merge January 23rd, 2015 This record should come with a warning sticker: SAVE FOR SUMMER. It is one of the sunniest albums you’ll hear all winter. Don’t believe me? Tune in to track three (“Back to You”). The guitars bounce and the organ swirls. Lyrics find the singer “hanging in the trees […]