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A.C. Newman | Shut Down the Streets (Matador)

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Written by Justin Thompson Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:41

ole-992 a.c._newman_shut_down_the_streets-51703_200x200The greatness of music comes from the quality of songwriting and how it affects you.

 

CMJ Music Marathon 2012 | Preview

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Written by Kristyn Potter Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:14

cmj sqThis is largely considered to be the place to discover new artists.

   

Black Moth Super Rainbow | Cobra Juicy (s/r)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Friday, 28 September 2012 07:59

CD black-mothIt seems like the perfect song for the drive home after a long night out—or, better yet, the walk home.

 

Sinkane | Mars (DFA)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Friday, 28 September 2012 07:57

cd sinkaneIt has the right amount of everything, and not too much of anything.

   

Jens Lekman | I Know What Love Isn’t (Secretly Canadian)

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Written by Mike Rengel Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:30

cd jens-lekmanThe album conveys an air of grace and honesty that can catch you completely off guard.

 

 

Richard Hawley | Standing at the Sky’s Edge (Parlaphone)

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Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:47

hawley standingHis songs are really good to sit and relax to while enjoying generous amounts of bourbon.

   

First Aid Kit | 10.06.12

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Written by Janet Rhoads Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:30

firstaidkit 100If you don’t want to go listen to a band that brought Patti-freaking-Smith to tears, then I just don’t know what to do with you.

 

Matthew Sweet | Does He Talk?

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Written by Erin Jameson Wednesday, 19 September 2012 19:16

The paragon of power-pop brought the 20th anniversary tour for his biggest hit, Girlfriend, back to St. Louis for one more go-round.

   

Generationals | Lucky Numbers EP (s/r)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Monday, 17 September 2012 22:00

generationals luckyGenerationals manipulate traditionally mundane pop sounds with that of apathetic vocals and gritty guitars.

 

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.

   

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