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The Vaccines | What Did You Expect from The Vaccines (Columbia)

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Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 15 December 2011 13:04

cd vaccinesThe Vaccines boil down the music to what’s essential, without the fat.

 

Josh Caterer | The Magic of Red Hots

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 12 December 2011 13:35

 

prof josh-caterer_75Josh Caterer and Smoking Popes have provided me with some of my favorite music of the last 13 years.

   

Black Lab | Unplugged (Black Lab World)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 12 December 2011 13:25

 

cd black-lab-unplugged_75Some artists’ acoustic re-imaginings come off as flat or repetitious, lazy efforts to release CDs without going through the efforts of writing and recording new material. Black Lab’s Unplugged most certainly does not fall into that category.

 

Moonlight Towers | Day Is the New Night (Chicken Ranch)

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Written by Mike Rengel Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:58

 

cd moonlight-towersHow much you get out of Day Is the New Night depends on your tolerance levels for hard rock in the broad vein of Bon Jovi.

 

   

Kelly Clarkson | Stronger (RCA Records)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:49

cd kelly-clarksonLittle does he know he’s the only one holding on to that ongoing beautiful disaster.

 

David Newton & Thee Mighty Angels | Paint the Town EP (s/r)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 December 2011 16:27

 

cd david-newtonThe Mighty Lemon Drops guitarist David Newton and Thee Mighty Angels here provide a near-perfect five-song release.

 

   

Weatherbox | Follow the Rattle of the Afghan Guitar (s/r)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 December 2011 16:24

 

cd weatherboxBrian Warren’s clever lyrics and carefully constructed songs should be enough to pull you in and admire what’s filling your ears.

 

 

 

Hurricane Bells | Tides and Tales (Invisible Brigades)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 December 2011 16:20

 

cd hurricane bellsSteve Schiltz returns with Hurricane Bells, a new band—and a new direction.

   

The Dear Hunter | The Color Spectrum (Triple Crown)

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Written by Alex Schreiber Friday, 02 December 2011 14:29

cd dear hunterWhat comes next is a mystery, so be good, be weird, have fun, and hope for the best, just like Casey Crescenzo.

 

Billy Joel | Piano Man (Sony Legacy)

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Written by Jim Dunn Friday, 02 December 2011 14:25

 

CD pianomanIt is very easy to look at Billy Joel now and forget that he was once young and angry, and the world was literally his oyster.

 

   

Acrylics | Lives and Treasure (Friendly Fire/Hot Sand)

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Written by Mike Rengel Friday, 02 December 2011 14:22

Itcd acrylics’s wholly modern, but doesn’t sound compressed beyond recognition for the earbud age.

 

 

 

Tegan and Sara | Get Along (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Nicole Madden Friday, 02 December 2011 14:18

cd tegan and saraThe subtle interpretation of these songs is clearly a winner.

   

Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers | Satisfied Man

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Tuesday, 22 November 2011 19:46

 “The feelings don’t change; you just learn to deal with them better.”

 

Bonnie “Prince” Billy | Quail and Dumplings (Drag City)

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Written by Glen Elkins Thursday, 17 November 2011 12:42

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It is dark yet bright, American yet international, calm yet excited, much like the man himself.

   

Rich Aucoin | We’re All Dying to Live (Sonic)

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Written by Michael Morlaine Thursday, 03 November 2011 21:31

We’re All Dying to Live is a sunburst tapestry of light and color that serves as both an excellent dance record and the perfect salve for a broken heart.

 

The Kooks | Junk of the Heart (Astralwerks)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 31 October 2011 10:54

After more than a few listens, the album's title begins to seem eerily descriptive of what awaits.

   

Joss Stone | LP1 (Stone’d/Surfdog)

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Written by Ashley White Monday, 31 October 2011 09:59

There is no one in the industry who can top her vocal skills and talent.

 

Owen | Ghost Town (Polyvinyl)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 26 October 2011 13:20

These may be quiet songs, but they’re anything but simple.

   

Mates of State | Treat, not Trick

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Written by Alex Schreiber Tuesday, 25 October 2011 13:06

Our music to us is highly personal. We write about what’s going on in our lives, people we know and characters that we meet, and situations we encounter.

 

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks | Mirror Traffic (Matador)

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Written by Justin Curia Friday, 14 October 2011 11:20

It’s now obvious that Stephen Malkmus is well over the years of running around naked in bohemian footwear. “I saw you streaking in your Birkenstocks, a scary thought in the 2Ks” are the words that cordially open “Tigers,” the first song of Mirror Traffic, Malkmus and the Jicks’ latest effort.

   

Matt Nathanson | Less Drowning, More Land

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Friday, 14 October 2011 11:02

“Music to me is the most important thing in the world, and so to be able to make it for a living, and make a living playing music and writing music, is an honor. I take it so seriously that I feel it’s important to get as tapped into who you are as you can.”

 

Man Man | 10.17.11

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 14 October 2011 10:18

Man Man is one of the most fun live bands working today; you should basically see them live any time you have the opportunity to.

   

Ptarmigan | The Forest Darling (s/r)

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Written by Glen Elkins Tuesday, 11 October 2011 18:10

The group breaks the mold of what you’d expect from a three-minute pop song by twisting and turning through hip-bending hooks and heart-warming verses.

 

Arctic Monkeys | Suck It and See (Domino Records)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Wednesday, 05 October 2011 12:05

I drool at the thought of what this album could have been had it been filled with harder rock tracks like these.

   

Helmet | 10.02.11

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Written by Nicole Madden Friday, 30 September 2011 22:26

Metal legends Helmet bring their unique style to St. Louis on Sunday.

 

Blue October | 10.01.11

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Written by Jim Ousley Tuesday, 27 September 2011 16:57

“Charismatic” doesn’t begin to describe Justin Furstenfeld, stalking the stage like it’s his own personal psychiatric ward.

   

Frank Turner | England Keep My Bones (Epitaph)

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Written by Mike Koehler Monday, 26 September 2011 20:45

 The music itself is grand and fitting, an excellent blend of folksy acoustic guitar-driven tracks to harder-rocking, punk-like tracks.

 

The Damnwells | Love and Doubt and Wasted Time

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 26 September 2011 20:38

It is hard to imagine him doing anything other than making art in one form or another.

   

Yuck | s/t (Fat Possum)

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Written by Justin Curia Friday, 16 September 2011 17:43

Follow the album all the way through, and it ends up as a ’90s nostalgia ride with a confident, effortless songwriting ability.

 

Colin Stetson | Those Who Didn’t Run (Constellation)

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Written by Glen Elkins Friday, 16 September 2011 17:31

This EP is a slow burn, with a huge payoff.

   

The Features | Salvation in the Wilderness

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Written by Jenn Metzler Monday, 12 September 2011 14:48

“One of the worst things about being on tour is the amount of downtime you have and being in a vintage arcade is a nice way to kill it.”

 

Glasvegas | Euphoric Heartbreak (Columbia)

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Written by Mike Rengel Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:16

Admirably, Allan wants to reach every single person in the world, but in attempting to do so he loses sight of the small stories that connect single lives into a greater web.

   

Jon Anderson | Life After Yes

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Written by Jim Ousley Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:05

“I know what I did for the band, I know the songs I wrote for the band, and it's just time for me to make my own way."

 

Black Lips | Arabia Mountain (Vice)

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Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:28

Mark Ronson’s influence has pushed the band even further into the realm of retro for this album; most of the best tracks sound like something straight out of the 1960s.

   

Gillian Welch | 09.03.11

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Written by Christopher Sewell Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:02

Welch and Rawlings seem like one unified, artistic amalgam as their voices and playing styles blend seamlessly and beautifully.

 

Matt Nathanson | Modern Love (Vanguard)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 16 August 2011 20:36

 

“Room @ the End of the World” introduces us to Nathanson’s lovely falsetto, a delectable sound we’ll hear more of before the album’s through.
   

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