The Saps | C'mon Already, Start a Fire

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Written by Amanda Pelle Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:33

cd_sapsFrom the phobia of hospitals to the semi-vacant observations of the "artsy" nature of a porno flick, the Saps deliver their punk-funk message with a tap-your-feet-happy tempo.






Voxtrot | Voxtrot (PlayLouder) "Blood Red Blood"

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Written by Joseph O'Fallon Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:25

At times, weak lyrics and the abundance of clichés are troubling; however, Ramesh's cool voice and the band's tight instrumentation combat lyrical flaws.



Shiner | Making Love EP (Anodyne)

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Written by David Lichius Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:11

cd_shinerAs cool as it is for "Making Love" to see a second life, it is rather disappointing that it does not come with any extras.






Black Rebel Motorcycle Club | Creating Space

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Written by Dave Jasmon Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:01

baby81We got into music to change the world, you know? To change everything. And we're still of that opinion, but you can't really force that upon anybody, that thought. We're just trying to figure out what's best for us, and what's best for us is to live in the world the way we want to live, the best we can, and let everyone else breathe.




IAMX | Unhindered

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Written by Christopher Sewell Sunday, 15 April 2007 13:37

profile_iamx_sm"Because I spend so much time making music, I'd much rather watch some sort of art films or go see some architecture or other kind of cultural stuff that doesn't really relate to what I do."





The Cinematics | A Strange Education (TVT)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 15 April 2007 12:52

cd_cinematicsOn repeated listens, the once charming title track comes off as a watered-down ripoff of an earlier generation (Reagonomics, anyone?), despite the fact that Scott Rinning's vocals really are quite versatile and beautiful.





Black Lab | Passion Leaves a Trace (s/r)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 15 April 2007 12:43

cd_blacklabDurham's voice—stark, lonely, aching—is spot-on against bare-bones accompaniment. When he sings counterpoint with himself on vocals, it's pure heaven.






The Frames | The Cost (Anti-)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 15 April 2007 12:40

cd_framesThe more I listen to The Cost, the more I have realized this: My life is the Frames, at times spiraling wildly, deliciously, passionately out of control, only to be reigned back in and tamed.






Numero 013: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation (The Numero Group)

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Written by Sam Levy Wednesday, 11 April 2007 14:10

cd_numero13For every Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin there are a hundred Syl Johnsons, a big name if you know soul, a "No, I don't think I ever heard of him," if you don't.






One Lone Car | Four to Drive East

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Written by Andy Herrin Monday, 09 April 2007 15:56

run_sm_olc-2-in-nycSix a.m. came too soon this morning. After our drunken graveyard party last night, we are all exhausted, but still in good spirits.







Lovewhip | Virtual Booty Machine (Juicy Juju)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:42

cd_lovewhipA blend of live DJ sets, band performance, and cabaret in an irresistible show of dance beats and theatricality






Jatun (Other Electricities)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:33

cd_jatunAuroras don't come with soundtracks, but if listeners could imagine themselves in Alaska staring at an iridescent sky, this would be the music playing in the background.







Dave Mehling | How Do I Make You Lonesome? (Sacred Heart Studios)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:28

cd_mehling20-year-old Dave Mehling takes on the indie circuit with the help of his late uncle's battered Gibson guitar







Cletus Black | Bloodlines to the Heart (Little Fish)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:24

cd_cletusNot far off, but not quite there yet, a look at another for Cave and Cohency







Barr | Summary (5 Rue Christine)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:18

cd_barrWhat listeners have with Summary is a raw, uncensored cut of what could certainly use some severe translation






Swati | Small Gods (Bluhammock Music, LLC)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:14

cd_swatiA satisfying mix of discordant sounds, slurry lyricism, and frenetic chords







New Young Pony Club | s/t EP (Modular)

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Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:08

cd_ponyclubJerk-funk candy fantasias with a dollop of homoeroticism







Other Men | Wake Up Swimming (Robcore)

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Written by David Lichius Monday, 09 April 2007 14:56

cd_othermenWith ex-HV comrades Manolo Turner on drums and Travis Nelson handling the guitar duties, Other Men have turned away from the fractured and discordant heaviness of HV in favor of a decidedly more poppy and compact style.






Minibar | Desert After Rain (s/r)

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Written by Jason Green Monday, 09 April 2007 14:50

cd_minibarThe band's self-produced, self-released third album makes it clear that Minibar never needed a big label in the first place.






Kings of Leon | Because of the Times (RCA)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 09 April 2007 14:42

cd_kingsKings of Leon still sound like no one else, mostly due to Caleb's literally instrumental vocals, but this is their first effort to see such decided growth.






Small Sails | Similar Anniversaries (Other Electricities)

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Sunday, 08 April 2007 11:05

similarIt's primarily instrumental, but with some kind of humming or background vocals on most of the tracks. This gives the album a unique flavor - sort of a mix of French soundtrack music and the lighter side of Chicago post-rock.





The Poison Arrows | Straight Into the Drift (File Thirteen)

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Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:54

poisonGuitars dominate, but in an improvised, Interstellar Overdrive sort of way (in fact, the spirit of early Pink Floyd lurks among the drone and creative percussion of "Clear Cut"), leaving the blazingly off-kilter rhythm section to do oddly interesting things.




Electrelane | “6 Cut And Run”

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Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:51

electrelaneElectrelane is an all-girl four-piece rock band, and this is their love song. What is immediately catchy is Verity Susman's hopeless tone in her vocals. The failed love and awkward desperation are so relatable, realistic, and accurate, the lyrics read like a diary.




The Day After | Love-O-Rama and a Hope for Valentines

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Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:25

love2"The show," Loveless added, "encourages audience members to question everything, think for themselves, fuck the media, and create what they want."






Todd Carey | Watching Waiting (Inspiration Factory)

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Written by Amanda Pelle Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:13

Carey's radio-ready persona projects more than just a voice that could melt Antarctica; his boy-next-door baby face will surely win the hearts of a captivated audience in this eye-candy infatuated musical era.



Son Volt | It's All in the Search

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Written by Amy Burger Saturday, 07 April 2007 16:00


"I guess I'm inescapably a product of the Midwest," he says. "There's an element of wanting to write about what you know about. St. Louis just has a character and a history that interests me and, also, is familiar with me."




Serengeti | Noticeably Negro (Audio 8)

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Written by Bob McMahon Sunday, 01 April 2007 14:19

As on past releases, Serengeti is alternately political, abstract, hilarious, and goofy. He sounds equally convincing rapping cynical critiques as he does silly witticisms.



Let's Go Sailing | The Chaos In Order (Yardley Pop)

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Written by Pete Wissinger Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:54

cd_sailingLevy has taken the atmosphere of Belle and Sebastian's If You're Felling Sinister and combined it with the feelings of the kid who got picked last for kickball.






Kate Havnevik | Melankton (Continentica/Universal)

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Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:52

cd_havrenikHavnevik has the touch, apparently, but knowing the little details about her past hardly prepares you for the vibrant, gorgeous sound of her debut.






John Taglieri | Wide Awake & Dreaming (s/r)

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Written by Amanda Pelle Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:29

cd_taglieriAt best, Taglieri's musical abilities, especially those portrayed in "Wide Awake & Dreaming," the album's namesake, might be suitable for a modern church choir.






Vandaveer | Grace & Speed (Gypsy Eyes)

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Written by Dave Jasmon Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:23

cd_vandaveer_0327One only needs to look to the masterful construction of "However Many Takes It Takes" to see that Heidinger feels the genre in his bones, as his learned tone confidently suggests that Vandaveer is worth a listen, that his stories are worth being heard.






The Ghost of Sly Stone

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:37

sly2 In celebration of the group's 40th anniversary, Epic/Legacy Records has deemed it the right time to reissue Sly & The Family Stone's seven LPs, with the usual digital re-mastering, revised liner notes, and bonus tracks included. These new CD packages provide a thorough look at the birth and death of Sly Stone's American dream.






Dozemarypool | Three Pieces (s/r)

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:34

threepiecesThree Pieces wanders between atmosphere and thrash, the three members providing a formidable aural assault.




The Asteroid #4 | An Amazing Dream (Rainbow Quartz)

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:26

amazingdreamWhile the occasional finger-picked acoustic guitar comes through crystal clear, every other instrument is drenched in echo, including Scott Vitt's everyman vocals.




The Old Ceremony | Our One Mistake (Sona Blast)

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:20

oldceremonyThe band chooses its battles wisely as, for once, marimbas and vibes are used apporpriately.




The Eames Era | Heroes + Sheroes (s/r)

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Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:15

eamesApparently, "twee" is "known for simple, sweet melodies and lyrics, often combined with jangling guitars."




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