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UNRATED MAGAZINE reviews STARRED opening for COURTNEY LOVE at House of Blues Chicago

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“STARRED has just begun, the sleezy anxiety of profit margins and tourist traps falls secondary to the first legitimate performance of the night. It’s fascinating to watch the crowd. Empty and haunting guitar noise divide people between complete captivation and indifference, yet one can still tell a real sonic treat is about to be unfurled through the disguise of auditory minimalism.

Genuine applause and cheering erupt as the rest of the young band fills out on stage with a sound that sits somewhere between guitars tuning up between sets, and full throated vocals. You’re never sure if STARRED has just rocked your world or left you with a half cocked sneeze never to be expelled. It has been a long time since we’ve been exposed to good music that forces you to actually listen, and those in the crowd truly listening are rewarded with a memorable experience.”

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THE QUIETUS reviews STARRED’s contribution to SUB POP 1000

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“Starred’s Liza Thorn rounds things out with a fragile – and utterly sublime – vocal on the duo’s sombre closing track, ‘Doomed’”

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THE SOUND OF CONFUSION says TEMPERS is “Superb” in this review on “Strange Harvest”

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“This is electro-rock and it has attitude. It also has mystery and isn’t quite as easy to classify as some people (including their press release) have said.”

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RCRD LBL loves TEMPERS single “Strange Harvest”

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“On ‘Strange Harvest,’ Tempers practices static disco that sounds like an icy, industrial tsunami crashing in slow motion. It’s creepy and slow yet still danceable, especially if everyone on the floor is dressed in head-to-toe black. And that’s the way it should be.”

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ZUMIC reviews TEMPERS single “Strange Harvest”

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“By the time the song reaches it’s climax Golestaneh’s vocals turn almost to yelps and it’s hard to tell if you should be running from someone to the song or dancing with them. Either way, it’s a hell of a ride and another intriguing peak at what’s in store for Tempers.”

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PITCHFORK reviews TEMPERS brand new single “Strange Harvest”

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“The mechanistic aspects of “Strange Harvest” remain constant throughout, an insistent thump that’s halfway between Factory and Wax Trax!, while Jasmine Golestaneh’s vocals become increasingly distorted and blown-out. Within its four minutes, the slow burn of “Strange Harvest” reaches a point of self-immolation”

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STEVE MADDEN reviews STARRED and features “Light”

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“Frontwoman Liza Thorn has become somewhat of an growing icon since being scooped up under the arms of Miss Love, modeling for Hedi Slimane, dipping in and out of Paris Fashion Week and having the New York Times fan over her look. Thorn told the Times, “When you are in a band and you are a girl, the fashion people immediately accept you.” Truth? Perhaps, but what sets Starred apart is their dreamy, downer, desert rock that remains delicate yet powerful.”

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THE DELI MAG reviews “MAYDAY” by STARRED

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“Sometimes it takes the weight of a good song to appreciate the gravity of a particular injustice. For Starred’s latest release, ‘Mayday,’ you’re left screaming at your youtube window wondering why these kinds of things happen. Convicted as part of the Memphis Three, Damien Echols was charged with killing three children in a Satanic ritual nearly thirty years ago, before being pardoned in 2011 after DNA evidence proved otherwise. Directed by Aaron Brown (Focus Creeps), the video for ‘Mayday’ highlights Damien’s story with interview footage placed over a haunting tune that’ll leave you with many questions.”

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TINY MIX TAPES reviews TEMPERS and streams video/tracks for “Eyes Wide Wider” single

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“For Pendu — the home of Chelsea Wolfe, Sasha Grey’s aTelecine, and White Ring, among others — this past Valentine’s Day was all about the singles. (Bad pun sorry whooooa Cathy ack.) See, the NYC-based label unveiled its SUPER SPECIAL ALL NEW single series on February 14, with the digital release of the track “Eyes Wide Wider” from the post-punk duo Tempers.”

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PITCHFORK reviews SUB POP compilation which features STARRED

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“In advance of the party, on April 20, Sub Pop will release a Record Store Day compilation called Sub Pop 1000. Inspired by the 1986 compilation Sub Pop 100, it’s an assortment of previously unheard songs from bands like Peaking Lights, Starred, My Disco, Iron Lung and more. That’ll be available digitally and on limited-edition vinyl.”

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THE DELI MAG reviews TEMPERS and streams “Eyes Wide Wider”

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“With electronic beats, noisy guitars, distorted synths, and indistinguishable vocals, Tempers is all of NYC’s favorite indie sounds in one band. The duo comprised of Jasmine Golestaneh (ex Seasick) and Eddie Cooper have yet to release a full length, but the tracks they have online hold a lot of promise.”

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COKEMACHINEGLOW reviews STARRED’s “Prison to Prison”

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“Prison to Prison shows that Starred, the duo of singer Liza Thorn (previously of Christopher Owens’s band Curls) and guitarist Matt Koshak, have a firm grasp on mood: they make music that feels arid and heat-stoned, thick with attitude that’s sullen and restless but too bone-tired to do anything about it.”

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REGEN MAG reviews PSYCHIC TV show at Europa featuring STARRED

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“The ghostly image of Liza Thorn draped in flowing colors that bounced off of the lighting presents an aura akin to the likes of Janis Joplin or Grace Slick, her voice floating and reverberating atop gentle strums of acoustic guitar made for a lush and ambient opening, bringing to mind the likes of Slowdive or even Julee Cruise’s angelic performances on Angelo Badalamenti’s soundtracks for David Lynch films.”

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GROUND CAST reviews aTELECINE and their work

“Musically speaking we can see the clear influences of groups of the first wave of industrial like Throbbing Gristle and Coil , being a mix between industrial and dark ambient, with hints of musique concrete and experimental. It’s a fairly consistent work of this project, very promising and very rich sonorities, exploring and renewing industrial sound.”

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PITCHFORK reviews STARRED’s “Prison to Prison”

“Prison to Prison offers both lullabied acoustics that impart a desolate country feel, contoured by spurts of post-punk and psych-rock to create music that by all accounts should float right past you, but instead registers as surprisingly urgent.”

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CHELSEA WOLFE’s “Apokalypsis” reviewed by OUR VINYL

“Apokalypsis is a genuine piece of art, but only perceived as by those who genuinely listen profoundly to the album. Wolfe’s work has opened up further pathways into her genre for other artists, being the inspirational work that it is.”

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SOLESTRUCK reviews “Call From Paris” by STARRED

“Call from Paris, off of the new release Prison to Prison is my answer to the winter blues. New power group STARRED, of Pendu Sound, is my new everything.”

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AUDIOCRED features STARRED and reviews “Prison to Prison”

“On Prison to Prison they mix and match, throwing distortion out generously while at the same time refining the mix when it comes to Liza Thorn’s vocals. What emerges is a distinctive idiom, one that draws as much from grunge as it does from landmark goth rockers like Bauhaus. The result? An earworm of an EP that’s clearly playing by it’s own rules.”

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THE DELI MAGAZINE review VON HAZE and feature “His Love is Fine”

“Now back in NYC after on year spent in London, Von Haze plays minimalistic electro-trip-goth that carries a bagagge of dark, decadent influences ranging from Suicide to Joy Division, from Velvet Underground to Dead Can Dance.”

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aTELECINE’s performance at UNSOUND reviewed by PLAYGROUND

“The extraordinary thing, on the other hand, was having an icon like Sasha present there, with headphones on her thick dark hair, taking music seriously, starting out on a path that must still be long and hard”

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