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Keep up with all of the latest from Bruce Rave with his posts on the highly-followed Blahblahblahscience blog.

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 18:23:42
By Bruce Rave I’ve been spending some time with a young LA based artful alt band by the name of Trapdoor Social. The group has received kudos for their songwriting, harmonies, videos, and dedication to environmental causes. This final track on their ‘Science of Love’ EP is unique to this band in the same way […]

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:44:18
Johnny Marr returns this October with his second solo album Playland. He has said this effort will be a bit more raw. “Easy Money” is the first single and it’s killer! It starts with that signature Marr guitar sound and blasts into a rocker with a full-on bass grove and a chorus that just might […]

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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:54:23
Teleman was formed by three members of the former UK band Pete and the Pirates, and “23 Floors Up” is a beauty that comes from their recently released ‘Breakfast’ album. It’s one of 2014’s prettiest tracks to date. The opening lyrics are “Another day waking up with your conscience stuck in your hotel room 23 […]

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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:21:05
They grow ‘em younger in the UK and the list of teenage Brits on the radar continues to expand. Rory Wynne is from around Manchester and is all of 14. “Post Party Confusion” is fun, raw and unique with strong lyrics. It shows that Rory has major potential. According to BBC 6 Music host Tom […]

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Tue, 27 May 2014 17:02:05
Prior to Temples’ recent show at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI, Bruce Rave interviews Tom and Sam of the buzzing British psyche-rock collective at WSUM-FM studios. Have a listen to their hang below. Temples (Facebook) * Links and playlists from Rave’s weekly new music show can be found on his blog and be […]

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:23:58
After three different visits by The Crookes to SXSW over the past few years, LA fans finally got to lay their eyes and ears on this engaging Sheffield, UK band. While still young, this is a band about to release it’s fourth album, “Soapbox”. They’ve been looking forward to this LA performance debut for a […]

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Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:41:30
I recently had a chance to hang with The Orwells after soundcheck at the Troubadour in LA, before they played live on Saturday, March 22. You can see their highly-buzzed about Letterman appearance below, and the band is blowing up at an even faster rate because of it. We discussed this, as well as some […]

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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:35:07
Their World of Joy album drops here in the US on Tuesday. Lead Howler Jordan Gatesmith likes to describe their punk and 60’s/70’s influenced music as “bratty”, and this sophomore collection is somewhat brattier than their America Give Up debut. While he wrote the songs for the first album, this follow-up is more of a […]

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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:39:39
Ida Maria is back—in a big way. She’s known for her global hit “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” off of 2008’s Fortress ‘round My Heart. Ida’s 2010 album Katla was superb but under appreciated. During her brief hiatus, Ida overcame an alcohol addiction and has come out blazing on the other […]

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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 03:32:25
After a string of stellar singles, Temples finally dropped their Sun Structures full-length this week. All the singles are included on the album and the goodness doesn’t stop there. Not surprising considering that this band even comes up with awesome B-sides. Among the deeper gems on the album is “A Question Isn’t Answered”. It fades […]

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Sat, 08 Feb 2014 17:30:57
Nick Thorburn’s band Islands are celebrating their ninth anniversary this month. Bruce Rave enjoyed a chat with Nick at the Troubadour prior to their fine LA show last month. They of course chatted about the new album, band mortality, and Islands’ decision to go DIY. Nick’s actor friend Michael Cera produced a Spinal Tap-flavored Islands […]

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Sat, 08 Feb 2014 03:21:37
If you fancy seeing a new band that aces a modern version of early Stones meets The Yardbirds meets soul, you can put this in the bank: You will love The Strypes live. These Irish kids are in their mid-teens, they’ve played hundreds of shows around the UK and Europe, and their “Snapshot” album went […]

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