Sophisticated and Joey Tacinelli – D.O.P.E. (Drive. Opportunity. Passion. Excellence.) [7.5]

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  Sophisticated and Joey Tacinelli D.O.P.E. (Drive. Opportunity. Passion. Excellence.) 7.5 As the days of school dwindle down no one is working harder on their craft than freshmen rappers Sophisticated and Joey Tacinelli of St. Johns University. D.O.P.E (Drive. Opportunity. Passion. Excellence) their debut mixtape is a surprising masterpiece draped with impressive lyricism... Read More

Nick Waterhouse – Time’s All Gone [7.8]

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It’s an inherently human quality to feel you were born in the wrong decade; It’s a thought you get when popular music doesn’t seem to give you the chills, clothes don’t fit just right, and culture seems like a meaningless wash. For retro rocker, Nick Waterhouse, this feeling can’t be more relevant. Underneath his characteristic Buddy Holly Wayfarers... Read More

Pillow Theory – Meltdown EP [7.5]

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Pillow Theory, "Meltdown" cover art Pillow Theory’s sound pulls no punches as to its primary influences—straight out of mid to late 90s alt-rock, “Meltdown,” manages to not hide its nostalgic nature, yet not appear as a complete rehash of a musical movement. From the distorted vocals and crunchy guitars on track one “Blipsters and Buppies,” you know exactly... Read More

We Are The Works In Progress [6.8]

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Benefit compilations have a history of provoking mixed reactions. On the one hand, you have success stories like the Red Hot Organization’s Dark Was The Night, a cohesive bundle of previously unreleased folk-rock gems produced by Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National. On the other hand there’s Songs For Japan, a collaborative project in which industry bigwigs simply repackaged... Read More

Top Albums of 2011: 20-1

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Better late than never, right? Well, at least that’s what we like to tell ourselves. Albeit quite a few weeks into 2012, here is the final countdown of BRM‘s list for the top albums of 2011… the top twenty. 20 – Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador)19 – I-Wayne, Life Teachings (VP) 18 – Bjork, Biophilia (Nonesuch) 17 – Das Racist, Relax (Greedhead) 16... Read More

Top Albums of 2011: 40-21

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Better late than never, right? Well, at least that’s what we like to tell ourselves. Albeit quite a few weeks into 2012, here is BRM‘s list for the top albums of 2011, continuing with numbers 40-21… 40 – Girls, Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther)39 – Real Estate, Days (Domino) 38 – Feist, Metals (Cherrytree / Interscope) 37 – J. Cole, Cole World: The Sideline... Read More

Top Albums of 2011: 60-41

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Better late than never, right? Well, at least that’s what we like to tell ourselves. Albeit quite a few weeks into 2012, here is BRM‘s list for the top albums of 2011, continuing with numbers 60 to 41… 60 – The Kills, Blood Pressures (Domino)59 – Common, The Dreamer / The Believer (Think Common / Warner)58 – Active Child, You Are All I See (Vagrant) 57 –... Read More

Top Albums of 2011: 80-61

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Better late than never, right? Well, at least that’s what we like to tell ourselves. Albeit quite a few weeks into 2012, here is BRM‘s list for the top albums of 2011, continuing with numbers 80 to 61… 80 – Los Campensinos!, Hello Sadness (Arts & Crafts)79 – Atlas Sound, Parallax (4AD) 78 – J Rocc, Some Cold Rock Stuf (Stones Throw) 77 – Julianna Barwick, The... Read More

Top Albums of 2011: 111-81

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Better late than never, right? Well, at least that’s what we like to tell ourselves. Albeit quite a few weeks into 2012, here is BRM‘s list for the top albums of 2011, starting at the very top… or bottom… or whatever. 111 – Atmosphere, The Family Sign (Rhymesayers) 110 – Alabama Shakes, Alabama Shakes EP (self-released) 109 – Gang Gang Dance, Eye... Read More

My Brightest Diamond – All Things Will Unwind [8.3]

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“Fusion makes the world go round,” sings Shara Worden on “We Added It Up,” the opening track of All Things Will Unwind. Indeed, musical fusion and confusion are at the heart of this third studio album from My Brightest Diamond. Over the course of the record, influences as eclectic as jazz, klezmer, classical and electronica meld, overlap and collide to create something... Read More


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