Broken Land | Audio Postcard (s/r)

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Written by Jeffrey Smith Monday, 26 February 2007 13:47

Broken Land say they have their sights set on a new territory called hindie rock: Hindustani rhythms and alternate tunings uniting under a rock and punk flag.



Bang Gang | Something Wrong (From Nowhere)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 February 2007 13:41

The clearest candidate for a universal favorite lies in the Johannsson-sung "It's Alright," an acoustic-driven piece built around smooth, echoing vocals, harmonic expansion, and beautifully sincere lyrics.



Mighty Fairly | Perfectly Good Airplanes (s/r)

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Written by Amanda Pelle Monday, 26 February 2007 13:36

mighty"Faithful and blind/ You finish me off like a sentence."






The Dirty Novels | Pack Your Pistols (s/r)

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Written by Kaylen Hoffman Monday, 26 February 2007 13:32

pack "Audience Reaction" has the quaint thoughts of, "If you go down on me/ I'll go down on you." So not the cute lyrics I was expecting. At all.



The Sterns | Sinners Stick Together (Omnirox)

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Written by Jeffrey Smith Monday, 26 February 2007 13:22

"Supreme Girl" is a love song based on our lovely President George Bush and one-time Supreme Court nominee Harriet Myers.



Dr. Dog | We All Belong (Park the Van)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Saturday, 24 February 2007 09:34

cd_drdogThese five Pennsylvanian dudes are musically old souls, Cro-magnons in the midst of their psychedelic peers.







The Shins' Baggage

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Written by Dave Jasmon Saturday, 24 February 2007 09:29


The Shins, St. Louis, 2007. PHOTO: Todd Owyoung (more photos in the Photo Gallery)

Fighting in a Blown-Up Paper Sack with Dave Hernandez of the Shins
"There's a contrast between the negative lyrics and, like, chirpy birds and rainbows and sparkles. I think that's more of a menacing outlook than watching something really, really horribly depressing or listening to some really, really negative stuff that sounds like the devil. It's something more vicious."



Hella | There's No 666 in Outer Space (Ipecac Records)

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Written by David Lichius Wednesday, 21 February 2007 03:32

cd_hellaWhile Hella's previous output of no-wave guitar/drum weirdness had enough elbow room for some well-placed chirping, having Aaron Ross on the microphone full time has resulted in a major shift in the band's song structure.





Finger Eleven | Them vs. You vs. Me (Wind-Up)

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Written by Aaron Brummet Wednesday, 21 February 2007 03:01

cd_finger11While there are no extreme departures from their bouncy modern rock norm, nearly every track shows hints of evolution.







Golden Ball | The Antique Barking Swirls of Dawn (Honeymoon Music)

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Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:52

cd_goldenball8. Golden Ball won the Philadelphia City Paper 2005 Choice award for "Best Weird Band." I'm inclined to give them that same commendation right now.







Good Shoes | The Photos on My Wall (Brille)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:44

cd_goodshoeswe play danceable, shed rehearsed guitar music. we like to dance, drink, draw, pretend to be on a mobile phone whilst we are not, write songs, dance.



[Labo Labs] Cristian Huepe | Blue Line (Loud Dust Recordings)

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Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:37

Are "pounding drums" and "squiggly synth sounds" what come from long hours contemplating the hidden mysteries of space and particulate matter?



My Brightest Diamond | Tear It Down (Asthmatic Kitty)

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Written by Aaron Brummet Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:34

cd_mbdShara Worden's voice could be put on top of Gilbert Gottfried and a pack of dying howler monkeys and still sound five steps past amazing.







Jesu | Conqueror (Hydrahead)

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Written by David Lichius Tuesday, 20 February 2007 14:25

cd_jesuOwing a great deal to the statuesque genre known as shoegazing, Conqueror may lack a bit in hooks and shifts, but makes it up thanks to low key vocals and song-crafting.







Eastern Conference Champions | Nice Clean Shirt single (Fontana/Geffen)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 07:05

Eastern Conference Champions is a trio that sounds thoroughly British yet hails from Pennsylvania.



Jacob Miller | Who We Are (Dogleg)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 06:51

cd_jacobmillerMiller's just a kid, really, and he's working with former Atlantic Records president Ron Shapiro, among others. And I like him anyway.







Bright Eyes | Four Winds EP (Saddle Creek)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 06:03

cd_brighteyesWith Four Winds EP, Bright Eyes' first new release since the double infusion, the multifaceted Conor Oberst has chosen sides in a resolute way.






Owen | At Home With (Polyvinyl)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 05:17

cd_owenOwen's latest CD is everything you've come to expect from Kinsella, and more. It's even more understated, if that's possible, with richly woven strings and chords backing Kinsella's frail yet competent vocals and revealing tales.



The Colour | Between the Earth and Sky (Rethink)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 04:20

cd_colour"Save Yourself," aside from being catchy as all hell, features some of the sweetest vocals this side of Jeff Buckley.







Dustin Kensrue | Please Come Home (Equal Vision)

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Written by David Lichius Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:56

qh_kensrueWith its origin harkening back to Kensrue's days playing for spare change on the street corners of Southern California, Please Come Home is a stripped down, rollicking folk record that is fairly impressive and largely successful.






Pacific UV | Pacific UV EP (Warm)

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Written by James McAnally Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:53

qh_pacificuvThe band's patented shoegaze gauze is shot through with fuzzed-out garage guitars on opener "Know," only to dissolve into a two-minute-long coda of brushed drums.







The Asylum Street Spankers | Mommy Says No! (Yellow Dog)

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Written by Elizabeth Feldman Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:49

cd_asylumFrom beginning to end, the record feels as though it is taking you on a ride where you stop at just about every musical genre available, leaving you dizzy as it lets you off, fumbling to find your footing.







Secret Mommy | Plays (Ache)

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Written by James McAnally Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:43

plays Plays is a world of its own, where digital noise, cut-up collage, and accordion circles collide.



David Vandervelde | The Moonstation House Band (Secretly Canadian)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:37

cd_vanderveldeHis free spirit, throwback sensibilities, and unspoken respect for those who made him are all promises of a nostalgic growth that is all too welcome in a generation of egoist talking heads.






120 Days | s/t (Smalltown Supersound/Vice)

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Written by Kevin Renick Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:30

cd_120days"In a trance, in a trance/ I could dance this night away," sings Meisfjord, and with texture-embedded beats like this, so could most listeners.







Monopoli | Serious About Kicking Ass

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Written by Leslie Wilson Tuesday, 13 February 2007 03:58

prof_monopoli_sm"This is a pretty politically minded city," says Rube, "and because we live in it, we're pretty politically minded. We do feel that there is a certain aspect of responsibility when you have the mic."







Guster | Throwing Out All the Rules

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Written by Jason Green Monday, 12 February 2007 03:03

gusterheader"It was...pretty much the band throwing out all the rules that we'd been using to develop an identity over the course of a career, which is something you need to do every now and then."







The Visitors | The Visitors (Eschatone)

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Written by Bob McMahon Tuesday, 06 February 2007 15:55

cd_visitorsCombining a knack for catchy melodies with a passionate performance and lyrics never too far removed from traditional rock subject, the Visitors should appeal to any garage rock enthusiast with their just-under-30-minutes, self-titled album.






The Upright Animals | Scams (s/r)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Tuesday, 06 February 2007 14:57

cd_uprightTouting their divergence from cut-and-paste radio rock, the Upright Animals form echoing, deeply cosmic ballads, anchored by suspended vocals and peppered with the subtly expansive merging of concise, space-rock guitar.






The Softlightes | Say No to Being Cool, Say Yes to Being Happy (Modular)

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Written by Kaylen Hoffman Tuesday, 06 February 2007 14:53

cd_softlightesAs I listened, I was instantly transported to a grassy park, sitting on a blanket with my three closest friends, eating fresh fruit and laughing lightly as the sun shined down on our bare shoulders.







Bubble | Mars and the Toucan (s/r)

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Written by Kevin Renick Tuesday, 06 February 2007 14:43

Quite simply, this is the best electronica work I've ever heard by an unsigned musician.



Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | Some Loud Thunder (s/r)

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Written by Andrew Scavotto Tuesday, 06 February 2007 14:41

cd_cyhsyAll of the 2006 hype has made Some Loud Thunder one of the most anticipated CDs of 2007, with critics and fans eager to see what singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth will do with some exposure to fame and new resources. The result is a markedly more complicated, almost maniacal experiment in track layering and production.





Dirty Pretty Things | Lose the Tie

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 01 February 2007 13:38

prof_dpt_sm Glasgow in January, there's really not much to do but drink, fight, fuck, and record a record.




Elements Of journal | 01

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Written by Kurt Boyer Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:20

I was very pleased to see the crowd growing at a late hour, even though some musicians started loading out and leaving, in my opinion an egocentric slap at the other people and a damn shame. Happens all the time, hard to stop.



Vega 4 | You and Others (Columbia)

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Written by Bradley Terebelo Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:18

cd_vega4Distorted vocals and guitar? Check. Repetitive bass notes? Check. Mood-moving lyrics? Check.







Johnny Action Figure | Asks the Room to Please Stop Spinning (DRP)

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Written by Jason Green Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:13

cd_jafThe biggest complaint to be lodged against this EP is that, at 24 minutes, it's far too short.







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