Devon O'Dwyer

Critical Voices: M83, <i>Junk</i>

Critical Voices: M83, Junk


The French electronic-pop group M83, fronted by Anthony Gonzalez and Jordan Lawler, recently released Junk on April 8th. The band has been around since 2001, but their 2011 album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming garnered the most attention. While they rose to fame through their 2011 hit “Midnight City,” Junk ultimately falls short of expectations. The…

Critical Voices: Ra Ra Riot, <i>Need Your Light</i>

Critical Voices: Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light


Ra Ra Riot has been on the scene for a full decade now, but their most recent album, Need Your Light, still manages to be refreshing and offers something unique from their past records. The indie rock band from Syracuse features Wes Miles (vocalist), Milo Bonacci (guitarist), Rebecca Zeller (violinist), and Kenny Bernard (drummer). While…

Critical Voices: Porches, <i>Pool</i>

Critical Voices: Porches, Pool


Indie artists have increasingly incorporated synth pop vibes and unrefined vocals into their sound. On the surface, Porches, a NYC-based band spearheaded by couple Aaron Maine and Greta Kline, appears to be no exception. After listening to their music more closely, however, it becomes clear that Porches offers something decidedly different. The duo’s 2013 debut…

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