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November 18, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Dead Sara

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

How refreshing it is to hear a four-on-the-floor rock n’ roll song that drives straight and true like this track from Dead Sara. There are hints of indie rock and wisps of metal, most notably singer Emily Armstrong’s full throated scream (which can impressively switch to delicate melodies on a dime), but at the end of the day this is capital Rock and capital Roll with big soaring choruses and strong hooks throughout. Clocking in at a not-fucking-around, no filler time of 3:25 the song was over before we knew it, leaving us wanting more. And if that ain’t good rock n’ roll we don’t know what is.*

*we do know. It’s this.

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November 18, 2020

The Midweekly – Open Mike Eagle

The Midweekly is our new column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

If someone were to ask you to summarize Open Mike Eagle‘s new record Anime, Trauma and Divorce in three words the answer shouldn’t be that hard. The Chicago born art rapper, known more for wit and absurdity, gets personal on his newest release. In fact, according to OME himself, more personal than he’s ever been. Lyrical meditations on failing at marriage and middle age insecurity are balanced well with a range of coping mechanisms, from binge-watching anime to fatherhood (his son guest stars on a couple of tracks), to yelling about nothing. The catharsis is real for Open Mike on this one, and it comes across not aggressively, but soulfully. All this over chill, minimalistic beats from producers Black Milk, Gold Panda, and others. It’s a truly relatable piece of work, available now via bandcamp here.

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