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Ryan Star | Underdog Rockstar

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 30 January 2012 08:26

"I think what wins at the end of the day is authenticity"

 

Old 97's | Let the Idiot Speak

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Friday, 27 January 2012 18:21

The ability to write and release great music is one of the mainstays of Old 97’s.

   

Railroad Earth | They Get Around

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Tuesday, 24 January 2012 20:47

"There’s immediacy to playing live and there’s no other experience like it."

 

Allen Stone | Opinion, Not Judgment

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Written by Alex Schreiber Thursday, 19 January 2012 12:02

prof allen-stone smEverybody does have the right to have an opinion, don’t get me wrong, but a lot of people ignorantly speak that opinion and promote that opinion.

   

Jack's Mannequin | Cold Weather Warrior

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 16 January 2012 19:39

prof jacks-mannequin_sm“It's a love/hate relationship, sometimes, me and music.”

 

Mike Acerbo | The Search (self-released)

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Written by Mike Koehler Friday, 13 January 2012 13:28

 

cd mike-acerboThere are a lot of very good things going on here; there are some clear misses, as well.

   

The Big Pink | Future This (4AD)

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Written by Kyle Green Friday, 13 January 2012 13:26

 

cd big-pinkOffering music that is sonic, melodic, and ambient all at the same time, this duo is on the path to stardom.

 

 

Total Babes | Swimming Through Sunlight (Old Flame)

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Written by Alex Schreiber Friday, 13 January 2012 13:21

cd total-babesThe final three songs are the highlights of the album; those prior are all good individual tracks, but they do sort of blend when put together.

   

MuteMath | Odd Soul (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 22 December 2011 12:19

 

cd mutemath_odd-soulA full 13 songs long (nothing new for the band; Armistice, by comparison, was 15), Odd Soul is a rather stark departure that works beautifully.

 

 

Kate Bush | 50 Words for Snow (Fish People)

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Written by Jeffrey Ricker Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:27

cd kate-bushA concept album consisting of seven songs swirling around the theme of winter, 50 Words for Snow was clearly not created with a concern for airplay in mind.

   

Tom Waits | Bad as Me (Anti-)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 19 December 2011 11:26

cd Tom-WaitsYou already know more or less what to expect; Tom Waits records are always good.

 

Cloud Cult | Be Honest and Genuine and Don’t Feign Anything at All

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Thursday, 15 December 2011 13:09

prof cloud-cult_75It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with the music that Craig’s written and connect with the audience and the energy of night.

   

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.

   

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