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ALBUM REVIEW: TRASHCAN SINATRAS – WILD PENDULUM

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Background
Veteran Scottish pop-rockers return with its sixth studio album since formation in the late 1980s.

Strengths
Very compelling, highly listenable traditional pop-rock. Lushly arranged with layered harmonies and orchestrated instrumentation on certain tracks. Memorable melodies will keep you humming along.

Highlights
“Let Me Inside (Or Let Me Out)”, “Best Days on Earth”, “Ain’t That Something”.

Sounds Like
Aztec Camera, The Go-Betweens, Lloyd Cole.

Bottom Line
Always refreshing to find pop music with unabashed leanings towards sophisticated textures and well crafted tunes. A thoroughly enjoyable album from start to finish.

Information
Official Website: http://trashcansinatras.com/

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LIVE REVIEW: OF MONSTERS & MEN – LIVE IN SINGAPORE

Photo by Jazreel-Anne.
Photo by Jazreel-Anne.

Icelandic hipster band returned to Singapore for a full concert, having previously appeared at Laneway 2013. Considering the type of young fans OMAM attracts, the audience were mostly surprisingly laid back, dress-wise, with many fans donning OMAM t-shirts.

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ALBUM REVIEW: A GIANT DOG – PILE

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Background
Forging their friendships in the crucible of their Houston, TX, high school, Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar), and Orville Neeley (drums) first got their start covering AC/DC, The Ramones, Joan Jett, and the finer points of the Back to the Future soundtrack at school dances under the band name Youth In Asia. Reuniting in Austin in 2008, they enlisted their pals Andy Bauer (guitar) and Graham Low (bass) and christened the act A Giant Dog.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE POSIES – SOLID STATES

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Background
It’s been six long years since The Posies’ released the warmly received Blood/Candy and much has changed since then. Most significantly, the deaths of two longtime band members, drummer Darius Minwalla and bassist Joe Skyward, which occurred in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The creative core of The Posies – Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow – reaffirm their commitment to good music-making and to each other with Solid States, the band’s eighth album.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE JAYHAWKS – PAGING MR. PROUST

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Background
The Jayhawks are an American rock band that emerged from the Twin Cities music scene during the mid-1980s. Though stereotyped somewhat as an alt-country band, The Jayhawks’ music is finely balanced between country-folk and pop-rock. The new LP finds long term members Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg and Tim O’Reagan receiving stellar assistance from Mike Mills and Peter Buck from R.E.M.

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ALBUM REVIEW: GUIDED BY VOICES – PLEASE BE HONEST

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Background
Guided by Voices (GBV) is an American indie rock band originating from Dayton, Ohio. Formed in the 80s, the band has made frequent personnel changes but has always maintained the presence of principal songwriter, vocalist Robert Pollard. GBV has disbanded & reunited twice in the last six years. However, for this new album, Pollard played every instrument – the first time that this has happened in the band’s history.

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ALBUM REVIEW: PJ HARVEY – THE HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT

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Background
PJ Harvey is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer. With new album The Hope VI Demolition Project, Harvey has now released nine LPs. Harvey wrote the songs during her travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington D.C. with photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy between 2011 and 2014.

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ALBUM REVIEW: CHEAP TRICK – BANG, ZOOM, CRAZY… HELLO

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Background
Cheap Trick is an American pop-rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973, now consisting of Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar) and Daxx Nielsen (drums). In its forty-three years of existence, the band has remained true to its musical agenda i.e. a blend of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognisable. This LP is the band’s first without longtime drummer Bun E. Carlos.

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ALBUM REVIEW: WEEZER – S/T (WHITE ALBUM)

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Background
Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals, keyboards). Weezer has sold 9.2 million albums in the US and over 17 million worldwide.

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE SHARP THINGS – EVERYBODYEVERYBODY

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Background
The Sharp Things is an New York City-based chamber pop collective, led by singer/songwriter Perry Serpa (born 1965). Current members include Jim Santo, Aisha Cohen, Michelle Caputo, James Pertusi, and Andrea Dovalle. EverybodyEverybody is the final instalment of an album series that began in 2013.

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