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Converge

Few bands have remained as relevant and impossible to duplicate as the Massachusetts based metalcore kings Converge. Ignoring the insane impact that each member of the band has had in all aspects of the music industry -- from record label owning and producing to cover designing and playing in every band possible -- it isn't a very far stretch to call Converge one of the more important heavy bands to exist in the past 20 years. All We Love We Leave is the perfect example of Converge's ability to develop something new while still maintaining the familiarity of the whole assault of sound. See full post for tour dates.

 

Whim is a collection of media focused on independent rock/pop/garage and everything surrounding it. This week gives us a new Thick Shakes single, tracks from Arc In Sound and Pure Bathing Culture, and the announcement that Girls might be done.

Thick Shakes

Boston's best kept secret isn’t some hole-in-the-wall diner or hidden cabaret, but a four garage rock outfit led by bassist and vocalist Lindsay Crudele. Thick Shakes have been thrashing the east coast for a few years now, originally breaking onto the national scene with early 2011's raucous Why Buy the Cow 7". On French Dyppe, the group’s newest single, the band refines their brand of wall-smashing thrash pop, creating even more buzz on the east coast and beyond. French Dyppe is out on cassette via Aurora 7 on July 7th.

 

Does anyone remember when every music writer in the indie rock scene kept using "angular" to describe every band? Thursday: angular. Portugal the Man: angular. Blink-182: angular. It was insane and totally devalued a pretty critical phrasing that would set bands apart from one another. However, now that we're over...

"We aren't just another band, tritely speaking of our own personal struggle and how fucking hardcore we are. I'm done with that." -- Jay Maas...

Reviewing a Converge album is kind of odd. Whereas I've always kind of liked the band, I've never even begun to understand the insane amount of adulation their fans and most critics bestow upon them. I quite literally know people that think these guys are one of the best bands...

The lead-in to Arms And Sleepers' new disc, Matador, is only a little over a minute, but it does what it's supposed to. In just that short time period, it wordlessly sets the stage for the rest of the disc, with twinkling keys pricking in and out of the background...

In a feat that must be applauded, Dean Woods' new release, Ahhhmend, manages to create a sound that might simultaneously have come from a simpler, naive past and a distant and sophisticated future. These are beautiful songs that, in an elemental move that is reminiscent in some part of the...