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Motörhead | The Wörld is Yours (Motörhead Music)

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Written by Nicole Madden Wednesday, 02 February 2011 20:28

Motorhead releases their 20th studio album, meticulously following the guidelines set by the previous nineteen.
 

Keri Hilson | No Boys Allowed (Interscope)

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Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 01 February 2011 19:43

No Boys Allowed is an ode to those men who have decided to put away their boyish games and treat their women with respect and appreciation.

   

The Decemberists | The King is Dead (Capitol)

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Written by John Shepherd Tuesday, 01 February 2011 00:00

The King Is Dead finds Meloy and company stepping out of the cold darkness of that fantasy world into the warm sunshine of a country field.

 

Retribution Gospel Choir | 2.1.11

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Written by Matthew Treon Monday, 31 January 2011 08:53

Low albums showcase Sparhawk’s creativity on guitar; RGC shows he can play the hell out of one.

   

The Get Up Kids | There Are Rules (Quality Hill Records)

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Written by Alex Schreiber Tuesday, 25 January 2011 14:39

“Tithe” could have been great if it didn’t sound like Pryor was singing through the back of a fan.

 

Cage the Elephant | Thank You, Happy Birthday (Jive)

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Written by Eva Connors Tuesday, 25 January 2011 13:04

The raw, unpolished vocals of Matthew Shultz and slinky, dance-floor rhythms are a huge departure from the band’s debut sound.

   

The Aquabats! | Hi-Five Soup! (Fearless)

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Written by Eva Connors Tuesday, 25 January 2011 12:51

Working with kids must have gotten to him, because Hi-Five Soup! seems to cross the line from all-ages party music into full-fledged kids album.

 

Monotonix | Not Yet (Drag City)

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Written by Kavahn Mansouri Tuesday, 25 January 2011 01:18

Down and dirty, this Israeli’s voice will kick your ear buds to the curb from track one straight through track ten.

   

Cake | Showroom of Compassion (Upbeat Records)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Tuesday, 25 January 2011 01:12

The amazing thing about Cake is their ability to put together songs that are predominantly pessimistic, but still leave their fans dancing.

 

Social Distortion | Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (Epitaph/Hellcat)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Tuesday, 25 January 2011 00:58

“I’ve been to hell and back, I ain’t fallin’ off this track / From the back to the front page, from the gutter to the stage / I’m still alive and I will survive.”

   

Peter Wolf Crier | 2.2.11

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Written by Matthew Treon Monday, 24 January 2011 11:51

Pisano also has a hell of a talent for using his effects pedals to create wrenching sound designs that fill the room.

 

Linkin Park | 1.29.11

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Written by Bruce Matlock Sunday, 23 January 2011 13:49

“So, from night to night, the music will be different and the visuals will be different as well," Shinoda says. "No two shows will be the same.”

   

Steven Drozd | The Heart is a Drum Machine [The Score] (Twinkle Cash)

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Written by Alex Schreiber Thursday, 20 January 2011 13:18

Along with the drumbeat are crashing cymbals and unintelligible yet angelic chants that make for an uplifting song—so uplifting that it feels like you’re being blasted into space. 

 

The Breaks Odd Man Out EP release party | 1.22.11

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 19 January 2011 10:14

Imagine David Bowie and Paul McCartney forming a band with members of The Kinks and The Knack, and you might get an idea of the garage-pop fun that awaits you.

   

Ava, Wait | Lost Vegas (s/r)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 18 January 2011 17:38

Most of the songs here would fit well on alternative rock radio alongside anything the major labels have to offer.

 

Girl Talk | 1.18.11

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Written by Bruce Matlock Thursday, 06 January 2011 10:01

If you’re unfamiliar with the religious experience that is a Girl Talk show, well, there is nothing I can say to prepare you.

   

Giant Sand | Blurry Blue Mountain (Fire Records)

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Written by Glen Elkins Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:03

Even though there's not a ton going on with the instrumentation on this album, the lyrics certainly pay huge dividends.

 

Colin Stetson | New History Warfare Volume 2: Judges (Constellation)

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Written by Glen Elkins Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:48

Strange whirls, ominous reverberations and scathing screeches collide in what can only be described as an orchestral orgy.

   

Josephine Collective | Recollected

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 22 December 2010 14:58

We promise to bring something to strum your heartstrings, something to fall asleep to and live with.

 

Prefab Sprout | Let’s Change the World With Music (Tompkins Square)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 17 December 2010 21:25

Singer/songwriter Paddy McAloon is a man with a sincere and deeply rooted love of music.

   

Pas Chic Chic | Untitled (Semprini Records)

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Written by Glen Elkins Tuesday, 14 December 2010 08:06

The 12” is essentially two songs with an interlude in between, and is a worthy venture for fans of the genre.

 

Nick Mattera | Viva Christmas (s/r)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 12 December 2010 00:01

The singer brings a bit of himself to “Blue Christmas,” slowing it down to an instrumental ballad which perfectly fits his voice.

   

Various Artists | Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 11 December 2010 23:53

I’m not sure who David Foster is, but it’s virtually impossible to deliver a “Carol of the Bells” that doesn’t dazzle.

 

Lyrics Born | As You Were (Decon Records)

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Written by Stephen Fairbanks Friday, 10 December 2010 09:51

Though the genre pops up as "rap" when you open the album in iTunes, this is an album that defies categorization, which is high praise in my book.

   

Lucabrasi | The Norris Division

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Written by Stephen Fairbanks Thursday, 09 December 2010 17:53

One gets the feeling that these latter songs were intended to be played in front of a rowdy mosh pit, as is only fitting for a band with their pedigree.

 

Jonquil | One Hundred Suns (Dovecote)

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Written by Mike Rengel Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:42

It’s ‘hit the back button the second it ends to hear it again’ outstanding, which is what the entire record aspires to but only intermittently achieves.

   

Braids | Native Speaker (Kanine)

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Written by Matthew Treon Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:36

Its pulsing instrumentation, reverb-drenched vocals and unapologetic length perfectly set the tone for the rest of the album.

 

Passion Pit | Manners (Frenchkiss)

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Written by Mary Beth Hascall Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:17

Together, this quintet creates delicious American electro-pop by the spoonfuls.

   

Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella)

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Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 08 December 2010 13:06

Frankly, if West feeds off of his ego to create masterpieces like his latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, we should be heaping even more praise in his direction.

 

The Nails | Hotel for Women (Citybeat)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 07 December 2010 22:33

The one song responsible for the sales of this album is as good as you remembered.

   

The Boy Least Likely To | Christmas Special (+1)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 06 December 2010 23:18

I’m convinced more than ever that this band isn’t for me.

 

The Double Miracle of Mother’s Best | Hank Williams Rediscovered

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Written by Jim Dunn Monday, 06 December 2010 21:18

He threaded the eye of the needle of his time. He sang everything that he had and he sang right at you. 

   

Yann Tiersen | Dust Lane (Mute)

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Written by Matthew Treon Thursday, 02 December 2010 02:04

 

Dust Lane communicates nearly every aspect of being human in just under an hour.

 

The Gay Blades Do America

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Written by Corey Woodruff Wednesday, 01 December 2010 12:25

 “I mean, Fullerton, California in the O.C? What the fuck do you write about that? ‘My dad’s a shitty entertainment executive’? We’re thinking about maybe doing a Beastie Boys-style rap song.”

   

The Queers | 12.16.10

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Written by Alicia Wilton Wednesday, 01 December 2010 01:48

It is this ability to conflate gritty, relentless punk elements with bubble-gum surf sounds that makes the Queers’ music so irresistible.

 

Batusis | 12.05.10

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 01 December 2010 01:36

Batusis has the electric, barbed wire pulse of a teenager mashed with the raucous swagger of experienced dudes who’ve been around the block and know how to put that kind of energy to use.

   

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