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Forth Wanderers’ Slop EP is an Indie Dreamland
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Forth Wanderers’ Slop EP is an Indie Dreamland

But sometimes I wonder how it feels to live in the slow-moving, indie-darling dream world Forth Wanderers insists on creating: you spend days staring out the dirty window of your Brooklyn apartment, gazing languidly at trees and thinking about heartbreak. You get high at a basement show and walk home in the rain and meditate on how no one gets you. You occasionally go to your classes, but mostly you just stay home to write poetry in an oversized thrift-store sweater. Or something like that.

The Attack Get Sentimental on “Sons And Daughters”
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The Attack Get Sentimental on “Sons And Daughters”

“Sons and Daughters” isn’t your average punk anthem. Rather than sticking to the usual punk fodder–namely, rage and rebellion–Floridian punk rockers The Attack are going hard in the opposite direction. On their single, which will be featured on their album On Condition this November, the group successfully marries basic punk structure with an emotional and even touching ballad about staying close to the people you love most.

Glowing Red Crucifixes And Panthers Usher In A New Era Of The Weeknd in “Starboy”
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Glowing Red Crucifixes And Panthers Usher In A New Era Of The Weeknd in “Starboy”

If his lyrics and video are any indication, he smashes up his old records and tells us he’s switching up his style for any lane. He pays tribute to sports cars with those name drops of a Blue Mulsanne and an SV Roadster. When he gets into that McLaren in the end with the panther, he’s literally speeding off for something better with a newfound fierceness. If you look very, very closely, you can probably see my eyes rolling off my head. Subtlety is truly a lost art form.

Keep Portland Weirder: Blesst Chest’s Wish We Were There
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Keep Portland Weirder: Blesst Chest’s Wish We Were There

Blesst Chest tests how far art can go before it stops making sense. There are no lyrics to guide us through the album, no unifying melody or tone. There’s no escape rope. You end up either reeling yourself back in and breathing a sigh of relief, or forging ahead blindly through the dark, nonsensical insanity that is Wish We Were There. Whether you like it or not, WWWT is one hell of a ride.

Colors of Humanity: Forevermore’s Integral
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Colors of Humanity: Forevermore’s Integral

Forevermore uses a somewhat broader lens to examine the shifts of consciousness throughout human history using a theory known as spiral dynamics. As a concept album, Integral tells the story of an immortal man who observes these changes in thought patterns as he moves through the years. It’s ambitious, to say the least.

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