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The Best Releases of August: Music Staff Picks

Tropical Fuck Storm – Deep States Aussie noise rock band Tropical Fuck Storm’s third album, Deep States, is as messy and disorienting as the doomed political landscape it was birthed out of. Reflecting mind-poisoning social media discourse twisted through the filter of a distortion pedal, vocalists Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin deliver some of their most compelling melodies over lacerating guitar and synth lines. The opening track, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, writes from the perspective of Jesus’ second coming to Earth to proclaim in a grand chorus “There ain’t no end of days.” Even at its loudest, a sense … Continued

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The Best Releases of June: Music Staff Picks

Spellling – The Turning Wheel The Turning Wheel, Chrystia Cabral’s third album under the project Spellling, offers bewitchingly captivating progressive folk and neo-soul songs. A shift towards natural instrumentation marks a stark change from 2019’s synth-heavy Mazy Fly, giving these songs a new liveliness, and pushing Cabral’s songwriting towards the theatrical. The sonic palette on its own can be bewildering at first–veering off without warning into performances of soul, hard rock, classical, folk, and of course, synthwave. It’s no surprise that the personnel list reveals more than thirty performers–all of whom sound great. The songs are left with an enchanting … Continued

With many already giving Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning the National Football League’s most valuable player award, it is forgotten just how important Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been. It’s not much of a surprise for the MVP award to go to a quarterback, and this season will most likely continue that trend.  Manning has had an incredible year for the Broncos, and does beat Brees in terms of statistics.  As far as most valuable player goes, it feels that the Broncos would still have a good year without Manning as the quarterback – obviously not an excellent year like … Continued

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Starting up a new season is never easy for a team that just won the Stanley Cup in the National Hockey League.  It is no secret that winning the coveted trophy back to back years is a challenge.  In fact, no team has done so since the Detroit Red Wings did it in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.  For the Blackhawks, they know the challenges they face with the new season, as many of those on the 2013 championship team were also on the 2010 team.  Led by star players such as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Marian … Continued

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