Articles by: Brice Ezell

Deafheaven Sharpens Its Attack on ‘New Bermuda’ (ALBUM REVIEW)


Sunbather, the 2013 album by the then Bay Area (now Los Angeles) “metalgaze” outfit Deafheaven, was, and arguably still is, dangerously close to merchandising itself into self-parody. The record’s sleeve art (designed by Nick Steinhardt) ...

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Between the Buried and Me – Coma Ecliptic (ALBUM REVIEW)


Regardless of what one’s opinion of Between the Buried and Me’s 2012 concept LP The Parallax II: Future Sequence is, it’s hard to deny one thing: it’s certainly the band’s Most Album. Running 72 minutes ...

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The Mowglis – Kids in Love (ALBUM REVIEW)


If nothing else, the California rock outfit the Mowgli’s will always have “San Francisco”. That tune, a jubilant ode to “being in love with love”, is no doubt guilty of pressing all the standard pop ...

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Brian Wilson -No Pier Pressure (ALBUM REVIEW)


No Pier Pressure answers a lot of questions, many if not most of which the world probably didn’t need to ask in the first place. These include: “What if Carnival Cruise Lines hired Brian Wilson ...

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Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues (ALBUM REVIEW)

Punch Brothers

On their fourth LP, Punch Brothers continue to push themselves compositionally, balancing the cerebral and emotional aspects of their music.

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Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World (ALBUM REVIEW)


Ten years have passed since the Toronto bass and drums duo Death from Above 1979 released its debut LP, the high-octane You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. For a good while, it seemed that record ...

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Tim Bowness – Abandoned Dancehall Dreams (ALBUM REVIEW)


Over the course of No-Man’s six studio recordings, singer/songwriter Tim Bowness wrote some of the most poignant lyrics in the realm of modern music. With multi-instrumentalist and progressive rock legend Steven Wilson backing his minimalist, ...

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David Gray – Mutineers (ALBUM REVIEW)

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On  Mutineers, David Gray’s first release in four years, the problem is not that he has left the building, but rather that he is lost down a better forgotten corridor. With 2005’s Life in Slow ...

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Opeth – “Cusp of Eternity” (Song Review)

Opeth Pale

"Cusp of Eternity" probably won't appeal to the band's early fans, but it's another step in their fascinating sonic journey.

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Nickel Creek – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 5/21/14 (Show Review)

Nickel Creek Band

What 'A Dotted Line,' Nickel Creek’s first studio LP in nine years, made clear in CD format is even truer live: This trio hasn't lost a step.

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