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Bump of Chicken keeps things nice on 'Butterflies'

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Bump of Chicken “Butterflies” (Toy’s Factory) Butterflies are beautiful. Whether they’re floating around in a garden or tattooed on a woman’s shoulder — they’re colorful and intricate. Bump of Chicken’s latest release, “Butterflies,” is neither of those things. That’s not to say “Butterflies” is all bad, it’s just nothing new. ...

The Novembers' 'Elegance' EP keeps niche elements

| Oct 18, 2015

The Novembers' 'Elegance' EP keeps niche elements

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The Novembers ”Elegance” (Merz) The Novembers’ “Rhapsody in Beauty,” the fifth full-length from the Tokyo-based four-piece, was the band’s most artistically challenging release in their decade-long career. The self-produced album opened with harsh noise before spinning off into chaotic hardcore and post-rock, and ending ...