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The Music, The Message album reviews, written by a considerably experienced staff, are free of pride and prejudice. Honest, thoughtful listening, and the message to go with it: nothing more, nothing less.

Favorite Music of 2013

Favorite Music of 2013

January 11, 2014 by Matt Zimmerman

Favorite Albums of 2013 25) Sigur Rós – Kveikur 24) The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars 23) Touché Amoré – Is Survived By 22) The Fling – Mean Something 21) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away 20) Kyle O’Quin – Kyle O’Quin: I’ve waited […]

O’Brother – Disillusion

O’Brother – Disillusion

August 19, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother expand their sonic palette on their sophomore album meshing heavy with serene in a seamless symphony of dense, cathartic rock.

Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light

Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light

June 8, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

At the core, all musicians are artists. As an amalgamation, they generate quite varied musical outputs and are driven by different intentions but the result is fueled by urge to create. Some music, however, is best left classified under the larger umbrella of art – Colin Stetson fits that description […]

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Daylight – Jar

Daylight – Jar

May 1, 2013 by Jason Gordon

After a series of EPs, Daylight have finally arrived with their long-awaited Run For Cover Records debut LP, Jar. Where their earlier work favored a grittier more upbeat melodic post hardcore feel akin to bands like Title Fight, Jar showcases a darker more refined 2013 take on 90s grunge and […]

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Sound City – Real to Reel

Sound City – Real to Reel

March 5, 2013 by Dave Giumara

There is an appropriate feeling to the fact that Dave Grohl gathered together an uncanny amount of musicians for the soundtrack to this documentary. Sound City is less about the album and more about the documentary. Still, even the album as a standalone is a sign of the times of […]

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Yellow Red Sparks – Yellow Red Sparks

Yellow Red Sparks – Yellow Red Sparks

February 11, 2013 by Matt Zimmerman

Yellow Red Sparks released their debut, Self-Titled, full length with gentle elements of folk underwritten by gliding strings. The album is, at its heart, is a reminder that bare naked truth is still alive and well in music.

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Matt Zimmerman — Favorite Music of 2012

Matt Zimmerman — Favorite Music of 2012

December 23, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

I have abandoned the tag “best of…” because I hardly had a chance to listen to and evaluate EVERY piece of music released this year but nonetheless, here’s what I enjoyed this year… FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012 Alt-J came on strong at the last second due to a tremendous push […]

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Circa Survive: Violent Waves was selected as Best New Music on The Music, The Message. Circa Survive: Violent Waves

Circa Survive: Violent Waves

August 10, 2012 by Andrew Martin

With every other Circa Survive release, I waited anxiously, without fail, for a taste of the new music, my excitement growing exponentially until the album was finally playing in its entirety on my speakers. Irony struck with the sudden announcement, and also short wait I had with Violent Waves; the […]

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Yellowcard – Southern Air

Yellowcard – Southern Air

August 6, 2012 by Dave Giumara

As the pop-punk scene blew up in the start of the late 90’s/early 2000’s, most bands either fell out of the scene, tried to grow musically, or kept the same sound. Over the course of the past 10+ years Yellowcard has taken many hits and arguably had all three of […]

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Hot Water Music – Exister

Hot Water Music – Exister

May 9, 2012 by Dave Giumara

Most of these “reunions” bands that have been coming back into the limelight seem to be reaching for two different types of ears. The first and foremost is that they want to capture new listeners and in order to do this, they ultimately try something different. The second is that […]

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You Blew It! – Grow Up, Dude

You Blew It! – Grow Up, Dude

April 23, 2012 by Jason Gordon

You Blew It’s TopShelf Records Debut LP caught me by surprise, and is hopefully a record that will not get overlooked. I requested this record merely out of curiosity, without any expectations whatsoever. What I got was a sentimental throwback to late 90s twinkly emo with punk rock aesthetic, slightly […]

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The Forecast – Everybody Left

The Forecast – Everybody Left

April 13, 2012 by Jason Gordon

As car windows start rolling down in time for the change in seasons, The Forecast prepare to unleash their 4th LP, Everybody Left, on April 17th, and the timing couldn’t be better. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the band not only reached its goal of raising $8,000 in a short […]

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SHARKS – No Gods

SHARKS – No Gods

March 20, 2012 by Dave Giumara

There was something very unique and special about British punk bands in the 80’s which made them relevant. It could have been the whole idea of anarchy and conformity being two distinct opposites, but the same thing could be said for punk music in general. We live in a new […]

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Good Old War – Come Back As Rain

Good Old War – Come Back As Rain

March 14, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

The trio of Good Old War expanded their repertoire of harmony-driven folk tunes in 2010 with their Self-Titled album using their debut Only Way to Be Alone as a reference point. As a fan, I gladly embraced the change with no if, ands, buts or laments. After all, it wasn’t […]

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Deep Sea Diver – History Speaks

Deep Sea Diver – History Speaks

March 5, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

Deep Sea Diver finally release their debut album HISTORY SPEAKS filled with raucous guitars (‘You Go Running’), ruminations on the world’s end (‘NWO’) and heart-breaking ballads (‘Tracks of the Green Line’).

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Conversation w/ Deep Sea Diver

Conversation w/ Deep Sea Diver

February 25, 2012 by Matt Zimmerman

The following conversation was conducted on Tuesday, January 31 with Jessica Dobson (vocals, guitar) of Deep Sea Diver/The Shins. ———————————— Since we talked last in 2010, there’s been a lot of change in your life both personally and professionally. Biggest, I suppose, is the move from California to Seattle, WA. […]

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The Panic Division: Eternalism

The Panic Division: Eternalism

January 31, 2012 by Andrew Martin

To call me a fan of The Panic Division would be a massive understatement. Whether it’s their loop-driven, aggressive pop anthems on debut “Versus” or the 80’s-influenced “Songs from the Glasshouse,” The Panic Division have a sound that’s accessibly refreshing. Colton Holliday is the songwriter and mastermind behind the Panic […]

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The Jealous Sound – A Gentle Reminder

The Jealous Sound – A Gentle Reminder

January 25, 2012 by Jason Gordon

Rumors of label changes, scrapped recordings, and shifting personnel have kept fans of the Jealous Sound on edge about the likelihood of another album. Devoted fans found a glimmer of hope when the Got Friends EP dropped in 2008; but subsequent delays put a damper on the prospect of any […]

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O’Brother – Garden Window

O’Brother – Garden Window

November 23, 2011 by Matt Zimmerman

O’Brother’s debut full length is a 63 minute behemoth which ties both sludgy metal and Sigur Rós atmosphere into a seamless, cohesive package.

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Active Child: You Are All I See was selected as Best New Music on The Music, The Message. Active Child: You Are All I See

Active Child: You Are All I See

September 12, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Active Child’s blend of ethereal, harp-driven electro beats and moody beats is at once intimate and orchestral. The “Curtis Lane” EP was and is a timeless display of creative songs that encounter dark, yet hopeful moods and beauty. “I’m In Your Church At Night,” the lead track on the EP, […]

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