Category Archives: Love Buzz

#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- May 2019

From time to time I wrestle with giving ModerateRock sharper focus. Should we pivot to post-hardcore or go all-in on modern ambient? But then I hear something new, something I fall so quick and hard in love with, that wouldn’t fall within whatever lines might have to be drawn and I say focus be damned. If you long for more […]

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Listen to THROES

Throes aren’t fucking around. The Idaho outfit are relentlessly intense, describe their music (or maybe themselves) only as “ugly”, and their debut album due out in July via Holy Roar, will be titled ‘In the Hands of an Angry God’. This is bleak, barreling sludge made to soundtrack the planet’s sick, slow death. So highly recommended of course!

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Listen to DIANACRAWLS

There’s no middle ground here. Bands with names like Dianacrawls that describe their music as funkviolence are guaranteed to either be terrible or totally balls-out terrific. It takes about a millisecond of the Montreal quartet’s debut to decide they are five-star blast of modern screamo for fans of Portrayal of Guilt, early Rolo Tomassi, and latter-day global panic. Tres bien.

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Listen to HOLDING PATTERNS

Crash of Rhinos were a great band with a bad name and maybe, just maybe (although probably definitely not) that’s why they split up back in 2014. Now, three of the Rhinos have emerged as Holding Patterns, playing rip-roaring, distinctly old-school emo for fans of Piebald, Braid, and Bear Vs Shark. Most importantly though, they’ve nailed it with that name. […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- April 2019

A quiet month in terms of our usual mixtape content but what April lacked in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality- including two sides of Stephen Brodsky, the return of Sainthood Reps, and some staggering UK post-rock. I hope you find something to love. DRONEFLOWER- Space Ghost ICAVE IN- All IllusionSPOTLIGHTS– The Age of DecayBLOOD COMMAND- No […]

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Listen to WILD MOTH

Lines forever blur. And Wild Moth are the latest outfit to give weight to the theory that the best music doesn’t sit comfortably in one box or another. The Bay Area quartet layer parts of punk, shoegaze, ambient noise and dreampop into a heady, hypnotic whole. While the band seem to have gone quiet of late, their last album ‘Inhibitor’ […]

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#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- March 2019

Jesus, what a month. Difficult not to think the world is one big dustball that deserves to get shot into the sun. But then there’s music, there’s always music. I hope you find something to love. Love is important. BARONESS- BorderlinesLAGS– Knives and WoundsBRUTUS- BlindIDIOT PILOT- Silver NeedleWESTKRUST- DriveNANAMI OZONE- 3 Mile DriveHORSEFLIES- DenialPILE- Bruxist GrinSUGAR HORSE- Your Degree Is […]

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Listen to HAIR PULLER

A little indulgence is good for the soul. Patience and control have their place, sure, but sometimes it’s good to go hard and cut loose, right? Hair Puller live by this impulse. The Portland trio mix screwface hard rock riffs with raw adrenaline and a ton of fun sludge without ever stopping to think if they should. Their debut album, […]

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