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Ben Gibbard | Former Lives (Barsuk)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Monday, 17 September 2012 21:19

gibbard foreverI really wanted to love this record, but I don’t. I don’t think a lot of people will love it, either.

 

Mount Eerie | Ocean Roar (P.W. Elvrum & Sun, L.T.D.)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Tuesday, 11 September 2012 07:25

Mount-Eerie-Ocean-RoarYou are led, from place to place, with no real sense of consciousness, while vocals suggest dreaming and field recordings; it is really almost like a dream.

   

Wild Nothing | Nocturne (Captured Tracks)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Tuesday, 11 September 2012 07:19

wn nocturneLet me start by saying Nocturne is not a terrible record, but it is not a great record.

 

Robyn | Body Talk (Interscope)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 05 September 2012 20:37

body-talk-pt1-animatedShe takes you to the drawing canvas, paints out every single detail about the relationship; if you haven’t experienced it, you feel like you have, but in an energetic, feel-good way.

   

An Under Cover Weekend | 09.07-08.12

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Written by Janet Rhoads Friday, 31 August 2012 16:06


aucw-logo 75Right in our own city, there are bands that write their own songs, and are as good as, if not better than, what is normally heard on commercial radio.

 

 

Focus the Truth: “As the Horn Blows”

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Written by Kristyn Potter Friday, 31 August 2012 15:35

focusthetruthLondon-based artist Focus the Truth puts the “real” back into hip-hop.

   

Paul Simon | Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition (Sony Legacy)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 31 August 2012 14:30

graceland2012I love the African sounds, but Simon’s voice and lyrics seem tacked on, with him taking a free ride on the talent of more talented musicians.

 

Minus the Bear | Infinity Overhead (Dangerbird)

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 31 August 2012 12:16

cd minus-infinityThe quintet has an impeccable way of mixing dark and light sounds and subject matter.

   

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen | Nine Lives, and Counting

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Written by Jim Ousley Thursday, 23 August 2012 09:21

prof def-leppard_75You try and explain albums to younger people and they’re like, “No, we don’t get that.” It’s really about a time and a place.

 

Linkin Park & Incubus | Come Together

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Written by Bruce Matlock Tuesday, 21 August 2012 18:41

“You get to see all the dirty parts and you get to be around all the unsavory things about each other’s personalities”

   

Amanda Mair | s/t (Labrador)

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Written by Mike Rengel Monday, 13 August 2012 17:45

cd amandaMair’s self-titled debut LP is occasionally giggle-inducingly naive, but that’s part of its charm.

 

Slim Twig | Sof’ Sike (Paper Bag)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Monday, 13 August 2012 17:42

cd slim-twigThe album deserves appreciation and reflection rather than merely being taken at face value.

   

The Smashing Pumpkins | Pisces Iscariot (EMI)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Monday, 13 August 2012 17:29

cd pumpkinsThe reissue makes me wish we still had music like this on Top 40 radio.

 

Antony and the Johnsons | Cut the World (Secretly Canadian)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Monday, 13 August 2012 17:26

cd antonyAntony Hegarty is an artist, in the entire sense of the word.

 

   

They Might Be Giants | No! (Rounder/Idlewild)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Monday, 13 August 2012 17:24

cd tmbgWhen I do have kids one day, I don’t want them listening to some modern Barney singing about wanting ice cream and how we can all be friends if we just get along.

 

 

The Hives | Lex Hives (Disques Hives)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Monday, 13 August 2012 17:21

cd hivesThe problem isn’t that this isn’t a good album; it is, but it lacks something.

   

Lit’s Jeremy Popoff | As Metal as Anybody

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Written by Kyle Green Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:58

prof lit_75We’re gonna keep doing our thing as long as people keep coming out.

 

Usher | Looking 4 Myself (RCA)

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Written by Ashley White Monday, 30 July 2012 21:25

usher-looking-4-myself-deluxeDo yourself a favor and get the deluxe version.

   

Carbon Leaf | A Life Extraordinary

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:14

carbonleaf sqIf you just wait to be inspired, it’s just not consistent enough.

 

Hidden Lakes | Model Airplanes (s/r)

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Written by Mary Beth Hascall Monday, 23 July 2012 16:09

hiddenlakes 2012Hidden Lakes have put together an unusual mixture of sounds and melodies with a lot of guts and heart.

   

Indigo Girls | Looking Forward

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Written by Karen Burch Thursday, 19 July 2012 08:20

Beauty Queen_SisterThe Indigo Girls will be performing at the Pageant Saturday night, July 21. Amy Ray took some time to talk about playing with a full band, having their own label, and how they keep it fresh after more than 25 years of performing.

 

Ours | 7.14.12 — Firebird

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Written by Wil Smith Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:01

gnecco sqI was able to see the band live in 2007 and again in 2008, each time stricken by how humble and gracious Gnecco and Co. were to the audience.

   

Willie Nelson | Heroes (Legacy)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 09 July 2012 22:02

willienelson heroesThere are hits and there are misses on this album.

 

Eisley | Family Resonance

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Written by Wil Smith Monday, 09 July 2012 21:42

eisley sqqIf you don’t know anything about Eisley, here’s a quick rundown on the band.

   

Chris Brown | FORTUNE (RCA Records)

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Written by Ashley White Monday, 09 July 2012 21:33

Chris-Brown-FortuneInstead of channeling that damning time into a work of art, he’s using it to self-destruct.

 

Ours | Preserving a Pure Human Moment

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 09 July 2012 21:14

prof ours-75People often miss my true influences, like Elvis, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and k.d. lang.

   

Bad Veins | The Mess They Made

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 06 July 2012 20:32

badveins sqI can’t have anyone near when I write; it seems like too vulnerable of a process.

 

Blake Mills | The Go-To Guy

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Written by Jim Ousley Thursday, 05 July 2012 17:57

blakemills sqProducer Rick Rubin has Mills on speed dial.

   

Elvis Presley | I Am An Elvis Fan (RCA Legacy)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 05 July 2012 16:58

elvis fanAll the tracks have been released before, so this is basically a greatest-hits album with an unusual selection process.

 

Dar Williams | In the Time of Gods (Razor & Tie)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 22 June 2012 15:22

It’s an idea that sounds almost fatally pretentious on its face, but the resulting album thankfully offers up tales of Greek gods and goddesses as subtle flavoring to spice up her trademark folk-pop rather than as the main course.

   

Best Coast | The Only Place (Mexican Summer)

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Written by Mike Rengel Monday, 04 June 2012 21:22

best-coast-the-only-placeWhile a lot of these songs do sound like they could soundtrack ads for Cosentino’s newfound alliance with Urban Outfitters (and the record does sound fashionable), it’s certainly not product.

 

Adam Lambert | Trespassing (Sony)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:59

lambert tresspassingThis goes far, far beyond guilty pleasure.

   

David Sylvian | A Victim of Stars: 1982-2012 (EMI)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:55

cd david-sylvianThe eight-minute-long “The Banality of Evil” is a pristine example of David Sylvian’s laudable vocal and songwriting capabilities.

 

Ben Kweller | Go Fly a Kite (The Noise Company)

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:54

kweller goflyWhere Go Fly a Kite excels is in its craft: the way verses and choruses brush up against each other in just the right way, the way not a single note feels wasted or out of place, the way Kweller can repeat a refrain just often enough to drill it into your subconscious without tipping over into obnoxiousness.

   

Rob Zombie | Rock ’n’ Roll and Bug Commercials

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 16 May 2012 22:11

zombie2012 sqAfter writing and directing his next film The Lords of Salem, Zombie headed out for a co-headlining tour with Megadeth that kicked off in New Jersey on May 11.

 

Jason Mraz | Love Is a Four Letter Word (Atlantic)

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Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 01 May 2012 21:24

 

jason mrazEach of us is entitled to that one person who is willing to let us explore the world and find ourselves.

   

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