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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.

 

husband&wife | Proud Flesh (Crossroads of America)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 27 November 2010 22:45

husband&wife seems to be the bastard child of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Uncle Tupelo and Minus the Bear.

   

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

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Written by Kelly Glueck Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:45

He was able to achieve an innovative sound reinforced by his reflective lyrics—despite using nearly 500 first person pronouns on this 13-track album.

 

Girl Talk | All Day (s/r)

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Written by Braden Abbott Tuesday, 23 November 2010 22:38

Somehow, he has used the most banal artistic methods to produce works that are, quite honestly, shallow but immensely thrilling. And yes, at points he finds the sublime.

   

Girls | Broken Dreams Club EP (True Panther)

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Written by Mike Rengel Monday, 22 November 2010 13:29

Think of it as an ode to love as a chemical, the loss of it as withdrawal and rock’n’roll as the corresponding dose of methadone.

 

Tim Kasher | The Game of Monogamy (Saddle Creek)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 19 November 2010 22:39

Let’s face it: Tim Kasher has lost his edge.

 

   

Olympia | Bryan Ferry (Virgin)

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Written by Jim Dunn Thursday, 18 November 2010 09:48

Ferry has vocally aged very well, if anything his expressive weariness sounds better now than it ever has.

 

Santah | 11.21.10

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 17 November 2010 12:20

“It is a shockingly sophisticated album. It is, truly, impressive.”

   

Banner Pilot | Resignation Day Reissue (Fat Wreck Chords)

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Written by Jacob Snyder Wednesday, 17 November 2010 09:17

Resignation Day riffs 36 minutes of nonstop chant-along punk rock without succumbing to the cliché of throwing a sappy ballad in.

 

Mike Stern with Dave Weckl and Tom Kennedy | 11.17.10-11.20.10

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 17 November 2010 09:11

For lack of a better comparison, he sounds like a bit like Pat Metheny meets Hendrix.

   

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