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Quilt Float Through Their Despair On “Roller”
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Quilt Float Through Their Despair On “Roller”

Gauraa isn’t crazy about third-wave rock critics reducing bands to a mathematical equation of influences but worse things have happened. Like Dean Wareham boldly proclaiming that Lady Gaga = Liza Minelli + Toni Collette. Either way, here’s hoping he won’t mind when she calls Quilt’s “Roller” a curious balance between Luna and Liz Phair.

Who Said I Can’t Wear My Converse With My Dress: Gauraa’s Top 25 Songs of 2015
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Who Said I Can’t Wear My Converse With My Dress: Gauraa’s Top 25 Songs of 2015

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of third-wave feminism, it was the age of the Kylie Jenner lip challenge, it was the epoch of coffin-nails, it was the epoch of man-buns, it was the season of new-comer Light (Bully, Car Seat Headrest), it was the season of farewell Darkness (One Direction), it was the spring of streaming reconsideration, it was the winter of royalty disputes, we had BandCamp pre-orders before us, we had Urban Outfitter cassette shoppers before us, we were all going direct to the top of the charts, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest media authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Still Waiting To Find “My Place” On Ryan Adams’ “Honor Role”
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Still Waiting To Find “My Place” On Ryan Adams’ “Honor Role”

First X, then Cocteau Twins, and uncannily enough, Wavves, right as she was coming around to them. Only minutes after Gauraa’s first listen to Honor Role’s It Bled Like a Stuck Pig, Ryan tweets a link to “My Place”. She finally gives into the hands of kismet and decides to pop Ryan the question: “will you start a collaborative Spotify playlist with me?”

Of Course, Wavves’ V Helped Ryan Adams Fight Back From Meniere’s Disease
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Of Course, Wavves’ V Helped Ryan Adams Fight Back From Meniere’s Disease

If you’re anything like me, you’ll say something inarticulately obnoxious like, “isn’t Wavves just the surfer bro equivalent to the Offspring?” I get it. Nathan Williams sings catchy Simple Plan type melodies over heavily distorted guitars. There’s a Drive-By Truckers production on a song about drinking too much. So surfer bro, man. New @wavves is…

Are You As Goth as Ryan Adams?
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Are You As Goth as Ryan Adams?

No, I’m not referring to the Foreigner sticker on his Pax Am mixer. I might be referring to his Robert Smith hair-do and sense of emotional claustrophobia on his self-titled album from 2014. I mean, look at that hair. Ryan Adams loves his goth. He’s credited Disintegration as one of his favorite albums before, and…

20 Favorites: One Tree Hill
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20 Favorites: One Tree Hill

In my younger and more vulnerable years, I used to go to my friend’s house every Thursday after school and watch bootlegged DVDs of One Tree Hill (thank you, Indonesia). We’d sit on the floor, a foot from the TV set in his dad’s study. I  with a legal pad and a no. 2 pencil, he…

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