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New York's Marnie Stern ranked No. 87 on Spin magazine's controversial list of the greatest guitarists of all time. While that might have raised some eyebrows in non-hipster circles or with people living outside NYC, it showed that some folks are taking notice of Stern's competitive talents. The departure of drummer Zach Hill (Hella, Boredoms, Death Grips) left an opening for Oneida's Kid Millions to work behind the kit in sync with Stern's kamikaze style, which is heightened by vocals that are high, manic, and twee. "Immortals" keeps the fretboard a-tappin' to dizzying effect, but the title track is both catchy and crazy and jammed with enough energy to wear out an opposing army. Songcraft is moved up in priority here, and the moodiness of "East Side Glory" shows Stern expanding her palette to include subtler shades without losing her intensity. "Proof of Life" further peeks at Stern's autobiography, giving a (guitar) shred of human compassion to her otherwise freestyling flights of fancy.

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#18 album of the year for 2013

"Bubble gum math rock" from one of the greatest indie guitarists around. Certainly more accessible than in the past, but now the focus is on songwriting instead of just crazy technical play. Melodic, frenetic fun rooted in a punk ethic.

I am hearing the rebirth of rock and roll.

...or at least of alternative. This is the first fresh inspired sound since about 1996. This music is so real. This is what I have been hoping to hear for so long. I was seriously starting to think rock was hopelessly at the end of the road. Marnie, thank you. Rock lives. Seriously, Third Eye Blind's first album, though by no means the best album to me, is the last album where I went "these guys actually have a new thing which is a valid contribution to the art form". I have been hoping to hear that in White Stripes, Black Keys and others. This is the first person to actually break new ground. To call her a "shredder", as all the reviews do, is to TOTALLY miss the point. It's not about her impressive, innovative guitar playing. It's the unbridled passion for music that is palpable in her music.

Love it

Thanks for another great album.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

It wasn't until she was 23, when she heard Sleater-Kinney for the first time, that Marnie Stern's life began to take her in the direction of the noise- and punk-inspired experimental rock that would later define her music. She soon began learning finger-tapping techniques on her electric guitar and assiduously began practicing and recording songs until she had enough for a demo. Stern sent the tape to Kill Rock Stars, which immediately signed the young singer/guitarist to their 5RC imprint. The folding...
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