Kelly Clarkson | Greatest Hits, Chapter One (RCA)

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Written by Jim Campbell Monday, 26 November 2012 08:46

kelly sqThey say you never forget your first. Kelly Clarkson was the first person to win American Idol way back in 2002, and is still as fresh and relevant as she was then.


Yowie | Damning with Faint Praise (Skin Graft)

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Written by Brian Cheli Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:34

yowie damningThis St. Louis trio come together and work as one sporadic, yet deceivingly well-oiled machine.


Paul Simon | Live in New York City (Hear Music/Concord Music Group)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:27

paulsimon livenycHe’s completely at home on stage and looks like he’s ready to continue performing for another 40 years or so.


Autumn Owls | Between Buildings, Toward the Sea (PledgeMusic)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 15 November 2012 20:49

cd autumn-owlsGary McFarlane's voice is yearning, understated, and wholly captivating, the music continually making sharp jabs and jags.


The Babies | Our House on the Hill (Woodsist)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Sunday, 11 November 2012 21:09

cd babiesThe album might not be anything particularly new or overly creative, but it is a really solid example of what indie rock is and should be.


Frightened Rabbit | State Hospital EP (Canvasback/Atlantic)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:28

cd frightened rabbit-epDespite its brevity, the EP delivers a walloping reminder of why this band deserves to be at the top of playlists everywhere.


Noah Sias | We Say Goodnight to the Restless Mind

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Written by Joshua Vise Sunday, 04 November 2012 17:41

Noah-Sias-2How you interact defines your integrity over time.


Nina Sky | More than Reggaeton Duo

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Written by Kristyn Potter Sunday, 04 November 2012 17:26

nicnat 75It’s amazing to have had that success but we’re not trying to re-create what happened with “Move Your Body.”


Morning Parade | s/t (Astralwerks/EMI)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 November 2012 19:57

morningparade 75It’s everything you want it to be: beautiful, upbeat, reflective, and rollicking—but in an indie rock sort of way.


Placebo | B3 (UMe)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 November 2012 19:50

placebo-b3ep-300x300It is here where Stefan Olsdal really shines, reminding us why he deserves a place among guitar’s elite.


Dum Dum Girls | End of Daze EP (Sub Pop)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:44

cd dum-dum-girlsThe EP is full of heavy bass lines and meaningless, overwhelming vocals that never seem to fit.


Ben Folds Five | The Sound of the Life of the Mind (ImaVeePee/Sony)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:38

cd ben-folds-fiveThis record was made for fans, not for anyone else.


Slim Twig | A Hound at the Hem (Calico Corp/Pleasance)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:35

cd slim-twigOn the first listen, I knew this was the album I have been waiting for all year.


Flying Lotus | Until the Quiet Comes (Warp)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:30

cd flying-lotusSteve Ellison has been making music for years, so there is no surprise that he has perfected the art.


The Sword | Apocryphon (Razor and Tie)

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Written by Brian Cheli Saturday, 27 October 2012 22:43

The-Sword-ApocryphonI get the feeling that they were angry when they wrote and pretty much busted it out in one recording.


Kung Fu Crimewave | Family Band

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Written by Kristyn Potter Saturday, 27 October 2012 21:50

prof KFCW_75“The shit we talk about has dark overtones.”


Sleigh Bells | Derek Miller Doesn't Mean to Blow Your Speakers

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Written by Brian Cheli Friday, 26 October 2012 12:14

prof sleigh-bells_75Sleigh Bells are in the spotlight, and they don't plan on leaving any time soon.


Minus the Bear | Always a Good Date

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 26 October 2012 12:09


prof minus_75Minus the Bear happened so organically, and all five of us have the same vision and we want to keep doing this as long as we can.


Cursive’s Tim Kasher | Letting Songs Breathe

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 26 October 2012 12:02

prof cursive_75I hear most of the differences there, in the drumming. I hear simplicity.


Jackson Browne | 11.03.12

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Written by Michelle Ulsohn Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:42

jackson browne 75The all-acoustic show will encompass Browne's entire extensive body of work through both the piano and the guitar.


The Sea and Cake | 10.28.12

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 24 October 2012 20:29

"It was fascinating to hand over almost complete works and have the other members of the band have at it, rip up, reconfigure, reconsider. Just when I felt I couldn’t go further on a song, someone in the band would change it forever."



Choir of Young Believers

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Written by Kristyn Potter Saturday, 20 October 2012 18:07

coyb sqMy only thing, my only focus I’ve been doing and thinking about, has been playing and writing and listening to music


V/A | Best of Bond…James Bond (Capitol/EMI)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 18 October 2012 15:49

bond sqIn honor of the 50th anniversary of the Bond film franchise, EMI is releasing a 50-track collection that includes the theme songs from all 22 Bond themes, plus the Bond theme and incidental music songs heard in many of the films.


YACHT | Transcending Culture

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Written by Kristyn Potter Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:04

YACHT sqWe don’t really have any interest in CMJ or the engines of music-industry hype mixers.


BRAINSTORM | Relationship, or Band?

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Written by Kristyn Potter Wednesday, 17 October 2012 10:23

brainstorm sqWe write songs that are fun for us to play with melodies we like to sing.


PINK | The Truth About Love (RCA)

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Written by Ashley White Friday, 12 October 2012 20:10

pink truthaboutPink really chronicles her marriage with every tune: the cloud nine feeling, the heartbreak, and the forgiveness.


Bronze Radio Return | Wonder No More

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Friday, 12 October 2012 20:01

bronzeradio sq“It’s really about connecting with people.”


Muse |The 2nd Law (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Brian Cheli Friday, 12 October 2012 15:39

muse 2ndlawAs we all know, Bellamy’s goal in life is to become Freddie Mercury.


Robert DeLong | Existential Whiz Kid

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Written by Kristyn Potter Saturday, 06 October 2012 12:56

prof robert-delong_75According to his Facebook page, Robert DeLong is “shorter than Conan but taller than Daniel Radcliffe.”


Icona Pop | Iconic EP (Big Beat)

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Written by Kristyn Potter Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:06

cd icona-popThe lyrics are something Santigold could’ve written herself, with a playground-pop feel.


Circle Jerks | My Career as a Jerk (MVD Visual)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Wednesday, 03 October 2012 18:54

dvd circle-jerksThe film feels less like a biopic and more like a conversational exploration into the band members’ personal histories.


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.



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