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Total Control | Typical System (Iron Lung Records)

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Written by Alex Wilking Friday, 18 July 2014 23:45

Typical-System 75Punk and house music kind of mix.

 

Black Lips | Underneath the Rainbow (Vice)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 14 July 2014 12:53

cd black-lipsThe album has true punk-style dissonant harmonies, grungy guitar work, and no-frills percussion.

   

New God | Firework (Yellow K)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:54

newgod fireworkThe album is bright, melodious, and sing-able.

 

Lionize | The Roar of the Jetpack

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:19

lionize sqThe band delivers a baroque sound that is uncommon, yet relevant and highly enjoyable.

   

Andy Grammer | Filled with Wonder

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Tuesday, 08 July 2014 18:30

prof andy-grammer_75We have stuff I can’t wait to share with people.

 

The Casket Girls | A Magical Experience

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 30 June 2014 13:49

prof casket-girls-smOur songs go together like yin and yang, connecting us all to each other and to the universe, making a perfect, continuous circle.

   

Tesla | Simplicity (Tesla Electric Co.)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 23 June 2014 10:55

cd teslaSimple is best, and Tesla does it quite well.

 

8-Bit Operators | Enjoy the Science: A Tribute to Depeche Mode (Deceptive Gaze/Receptors)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 18 June 2014 21:56

cd 8-bitWhat could be more fun than a tribute album to the masters of the Moog, Depeche Mode?

   

Miranda Lambert | Platinum (RCA /Sony Music)

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Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:38

Miranda-Lambert 75With so many fantastic tracks on this album, I think we will be hearing a lot from Lambert on country radio all summer long.

 

The Orwells | Disgraceland (Atlantic/Canvasback)

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Written by Jim Ryan Saturday, 14 June 2014 07:24

Orwells 75The best way I can describe their sound is as if Agent Orange hung out with The Doors, dropped acid, and then went surfing.

   

Tori Amos | Unrepentant Geraldines (Mercury Classics)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:25

cd tori-amosUnrepentant Geraldines is what most Amos fans have been patiently waiting for. She is back to being the artist we know and love.

 

The Faint | More Dancing (and Clark’s drums light up)

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Written by Jim Dunn Monday, 09 June 2014 11:27

prof the-faint-daWe try to write about what’s true to us. If world politics are on our mind, we might write a song like “Paranoiattack” or “Erection” as a reaction.

   

Blondie | Blondie 4(0) Ever (Noble Id)

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Written by Jim Ousley Saturday, 07 June 2014 21:06

cd blondieWhile Deborah Harry may not sound exactly like she did back in the band’s heyday, she’s gained an edge to her voice that she uses to great advantage.

 

Oh Honey | More than Okay

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 05 June 2014 21:53

prof Oh-Honey_75We were driving on a highway in a forest in Oregon, and we stopped the van on the side of the road, got out, and just stared up at the stars for a while.

   

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s | Sling Shot to Heaven (Mariel Recording Co.)

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Written by Alex Wilking Wednesday, 28 May 2014 09:16

Margot--the-Nuclear-So-and-SosWith Sling Shot to Heaven, the band has embraced that melancholy and crafted a truly genuine experience.

 

Walking Down the Street with Micky Dolenz

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 23 May 2014 12:13

prof mickydolenz-Michael-OchsWhat is wonderful is that Mike’s coming back and singing the songs he wrote, especially the earlier songs where we do some great Everly Brothers–style harmonies.

   

Nostalghia | Out of the Cocoon and On the Road

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 21 May 2014 23:13

prof nostalghiaCiscandra Nostalghia is a true talent in a sea of wanna-be’s and semi-phenoms.

 

The Toothe | Talons EP (S/R)

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Written by Alex Wilking Tuesday, 20 May 2014 21:36

toothe 75It’s a fresh twist on folk with an energetic edge.

   

Hunterchild | s/t (Temporary Residence)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:16

cd hunterchildI can’t put a label on it—and that’s not a bad thing.

 

Earth, Wind & Fire | The Essential (Sony Legacy)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:14

cd earth-wind-fireHere, they do more than bring the funk: They invent it.

   

American Authors | Oh, What a Life (Island)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:10

cd american authorsOh, What a Life is upbeat and uplifting, music that engages as it makes you happy.

 

Infinity Broke | River Mirror (s/r)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:05

cd infinity brokeWhile I admire the songwriter’s genius in the way he sees and hears music in even the oddest sounds and combinations, River Mirror is not an easy listen.

   

Hedley | Wild Life (Capitol)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:01

cd hedleyThis one’s going to be on “repeat” on my iPod for a long, long time.

 

Jimi Goodwin | Odludek (Pias Recordings)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 19:29

cd jimi goodwinThis is still the voice of Doves, so if you’re a fan of the band, you’re a fan of Odludek.

   

Yeah Boy | Can’t Get Enough EP (Big Beat)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 13 May 2014 17:04

cd yeah boyThe talent here is undeniable, beginning with Castro’s voice, which is sexy and rich and dazzling.

 

The Irrepressibles | Nude: Forbidden (s/r)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 12 May 2014 15:20

cd irrepressiblesIf The Nude Trilogy were to be truly understood by the listener, whether for music or message, it would need a complete overhaul in style and production.

   

Joe Elliott | Down ’n’ Outz, but Never Down and Out

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Written by Jim Ousley Saturday, 10 May 2014 13:58

prof Joe-Elliott_75I told my family, “I’m gonna be a rock ’n’ roll star,” and I’m sure it sounded crazy. It’s like saying, “I’m gonna be an astronaut.”

 

Pointfest 2014 Preview | 05.10.14

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 05 May 2014 19:20

pointfest sqThis time around, the festival is offering a more varied lineup—and Pointfest is all the better because of that.

   

Matt Pond | The Highest Form of Living

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 05 May 2014 18:20

prof matt-pond2014_sqIt’s a strange setup when you have a video camera pointed at your bed at all times. It requires a lot of explaining.

 

Weatherbox | Flies in All Directions (Triple Crown/Favorite Gentlemen)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 May 2014 10:43

cd weatherboxThere are lots of post-punk guitar riffs skittering here and there, along with odd time signatures and the occasional group chorus.

   

The Pixies | Indie Cindy (Pixiesmusic)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:01

cd pixiesThey’ve picked up that same undeniable greatness right where they left it all those years ago.

 

Elbow | The Take Off and Landing of Everything (Concord)

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Written by Jim Dunn Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:36

Elbow-Take-Off-Landing-EverythingLove was not just holding hands in an Elbow song; it was more complicated—not as pretty, but somehow more real.

   

My Chemical Romance | May Death Never Stop You (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Alex Wilking Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:14

mychemical maydeathAs the smoke clears, it seems this release acts as more of a tombstone than anything else.

 

The Used | Imaginary Enemy (s/r)

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Written by Alex Wilking Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:00

used imaginaryThis album is too perfect. The drums aren’t gritty; the guitar riffs have no pop.

   

G. Love | Eating Right and Exercising Daily

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Wednesday, 23 April 2014 21:15

prof G.Love_75

He loves comic books, claims to be heavily influenced by the philosophy of Marvel heroes, and quoted, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

 

 

Howler | World of Joy (Rough Trade)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Sunday, 13 April 2014 21:02

Howler 75

This is an album showing promise far beyond that of a normal sophomore attempt.

   

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