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Less Than Jake stagnate on new LP

Less Than Jake are like the more serious Reel Big Fish. Well, they are on their new album See the Light, at least. It’s hard to imagine that the same band that was featured on the “Good Burger” soundtrack for a song entitled “We’re All Dudes” is the band that created See the Light. Less Than Jake’s music is generally known for its fast tempo and genre fusion. Like Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake mixes electric guitar with wind instruments such as the trumpet, trombone and saxophone. While Less Than Jake digs a little deeper on this album than any of their nine full-length studio albums, the band demonstrates absolutely no versatility on See the Light.

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DJ Rashad has cuts like a surgeon on new LP

DJ Rashad has been on the forefront of Chicago’s footwork scene since the beginning of the new millennium. “Footwork” is a dance movement characterized by quick steps and ghetto house music, also known as juke music.  The tracks off DJ Rashad’s latest album, Double Cup, are considered to be juke trax, a term used to describe songs that are categorized under this distinct style. Double Cup interweaves heavy percussion through 808 and 909 drum kits with explicit and lewd language in order to meet the demands of the Chicago footwork scene.  

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Dr. Dog experiences some growing pains on 'B-Room'

Dr. Dog released their eighth album B-Room on Monday, merely a year after coming out with their top 50 album, Be The Void. It’s all the same; the rhythms, the instrumentals, the lyrics, the influence. Heavily inspired by artists such as The Beach Boys, the band from Philadelphia hasn’t really ventured out and experimented with anything beyond those parameters. Despite the fact that the album was recorded in their newly built studio, which is also cheekily named the B-Room, the band failed to produce any substantially new or innovative tracks.

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