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Interscope, 2007

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Is Is (EP)


As '10x10' finishes off the 18-minute EP with the percussive throb of Killing Joke, I have to say, I’m feeling pretty chuffed about the upcoming record

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Rough Trade, 2003

The Kills

Keep on Your Mean Side


Outlaw rock 'n roll split evenly between lo-fi guitar crunch and lonesome bandit blues

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Zoo, 2011

Dirty Beaches



Badlands exhumes the exquisite corpse of an America that never truly existed. Think Route 66, neon-lit roadside diners and American Bandstand. The sound is immediate, and the atmosphere unmistakeable.

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Run for Cover, 2014

Pity Sex

Feast of Love


February 20, 2015


We’re at that point in history where the indie rock revival has fully divested itself of ’70s punk and is now fully committed to ripping off ‘90s American slacker indie wholesale, be it Dinosaur Jr., Pavement or Superchunk. Michigan-based Pity Sex have the guitar squall of J Mascis down pat, as demonstrated on the 100mph solo on opener “Wind-up”. But there’re also nods to British shoegaze in the soft, out-of-focus female vocals on “Keep” and “Drown Me Out”, the latter channeling a fair amount of the Smashing Pumpkins’ trademark grungey drone.

Unfortunately, the brisk, punky pace of the album opener doesn’t return at any point in the album, and the only parts of the record that don’t sink into discrete lumps of mostly indistinguishable fuzz are “Drawstring” and “Fold”, which pull a heavy influence from long-forgotten noise-pop of Morella’s Forest, both in terms of the refreshingly melodic fuzz of the guitars and the cherubic female vocals.