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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n34 (08/25/2010) » Section: Left of the Dial

Arctic Death - Self Titled

Quirky yet serious indie-pop songs are not something you might expect from a band called Arctic Death, but this local duo hailing from East Aurora know how to construct them. The band, consisting of singer/bassist John Crook and guitarist Steven Floyd, formed in 2009 with an existentialist attitude toward music. They just wanted to be a vessel for the creation of music.

Magnolia Mountain - Redbird Green

It’s no small feat for a band to pull off a balance of artful depth, skill, and un-self-consciousness. It’s even more impressive when we are talking specifically about a band from Cincinnati pulling off genuine country music. Magnolia Mountain does it, proving they’re the real deal. Borrowing from the past and spinning it with refreshing originality, the band has crafted a double album (available as a digital download, compact disc, and 2-LP vinyl) of spirited, refreshingly warm and genuine Americana that dips deep into country waters, treads hilly bluegrass paths, and brushes the back streets of folk traditions.

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