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.

Blue October | Any Man in America (Up/Down)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:36

 Justin Furstenfeld’s got one of those voices that works across a range of genres, conveying strength, anger, pleading, pain, and acceptance.


Marissa Nadler | Marissa Nadler (Box of Cedars)

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Written by Mike Rengel Saturday, 06 August 2011 09:58

I’m not one to badmouth sincerity, but there’s a fair bit of too-precious warbling going on here.


Sarandon | Sarandon’s Age of Reason (Slumberland)

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Written by Jim Dunn Saturday, 06 August 2011 09:39

Short, sharp songs alternate with and illuminate the ruminations of Big Trev, a man thoroughly disillusioned with the world yet harboring a secret wish to be accepted by it.


Fleet Foxes | Helplessness Blues (Subpop)

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Wednesday, 03 August 2011 15:11

This struggle could come off as cliché in different hands, but the self-effacing, conversational tone of the lyrics and the varied musical ideas keep things fresh.


Ben Harper | Give Till It’s Gone (Virgin)

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Written by Brett Berliner Thursday, 21 July 2011 06:10

By now, you should have a pretty good idea what you’re going to get with each Ben Harper release—his style is his style.


Blitzen Trapper | Road Hardened

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Wednesday, 20 July 2011 15:12

“These are songs I care about quite a bit, more so than the last couple records.”


Incubus | If Not Now, When?

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Written by Bruce Matlock Thursday, 14 July 2011 11:01

Standouts like “Switchblade”, “In the Company of Wolves”, and “Thieves” more than save this album from what quickly could have been the Brandon Boyd show.



Dawes | Nothing is Wrong (Ato Records/Red)

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Written by Jenn Metzler Monday, 11 July 2011 14:21

Taylor Goldsmith and the gang perfect and fine-tune their sound, not to mention the art of analog recording.


Manchester Orchestra | Simple Math (Columbia Records)

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Monday, 11 July 2011 13:57

My notes from initial listens were generally favorable; however, when I listened to it again I found it generally annoying.


Duran Duran | All You Need Is Now (Tapemodern)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 07 July 2011 19:58

Such a clever, classic approach; I appreciate it anew with every listen.


Jon Benjamin | Has a Van

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Written by Bruce Matlock Wednesday, 22 June 2011 19:32

“I’m really good at doing cartoons, and I’m really not good live, or showing my face, but how do you resist this face!”


Man Man | Life Fantastic (Anti-)

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Written by Jenn Metzler Wednesday, 22 June 2011 17:53

Regrettably, pristine production is one of a (very) few highlights to glean from Life Fantastic.


Architecture in Helsinki | Moment Bends (V2 Records)

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Written by Alex Schreiber Monday, 20 June 2011 16:03

Moment Bends combines all the strengths of previous efforts and molds them into an incredibly delightful whole.


Okkervil River | I Am Very Far (Jagjaguwar)

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Written by Alex Schreiber Monday, 20 June 2011 15:55

Mid-song a filing cabinet can be heard being thrown across the room while Sheff sings about the world shaking and breaking.


Matthew Morrison | Matthew Morrison (Mercury)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 20 June 2011 15:47

Morrison's Broadway credentials attest that he has the goods, but you won't find evidence on this album of anything that would set him apart from any number of other sweet-voiced pop performers.


Tyler, The Creator | Goblin (XL)

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Written by Brett Berliner Friday, 17 June 2011 13:58

I believe Tyler intentionally made Goblin hard to listen to all the way through, as if it would be a badge of honor to succeed.


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | Belong (Slumberland Records)

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Written by Christopher Sewell Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:46

There are plenty of catchy melodies to be found here, a wealth of warm analog-sounding synths, and solid production courtesy of Flood and Alan Moulder.


Kylesa | Spiral Shadow Tour

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Written by Joe Witthaus Thursday, 09 June 2011 11:47

“This time we decided we wanted to get a little trippier with it and experimented a little more.”


The New York Dolls | Dancing Backwards in High Heels (429 Records)

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Written by Jim Ousley Thursday, 09 June 2011 11:32

It’s clear that Johansen and the gang are thrilling us with the same music that thrilled them so many years before.


The Cars | Move Like This (s/r)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Tuesday, 07 June 2011 10:00

The 10 tracks serve as a litany of classic new wave styling that may well have sounded at home in their catalog 30 years ago.


Bright Eyes | The People’s Key (Saddle Creek)

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Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:51

You get a sense throughout this album that these are songs transcribed from glyphs on the walls of recently excavated pyramids, with attendant tricks and sonic mysteries attached.


Elbow | Build a Rocket Boys! (Fiction/Polydor)

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Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:45

It’s a yearning, stretching paean to youth, partially imploring hangabouts to do something magnificent with those meandering, formless teenage moments.


Rusted Root | Runs Rampant

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Written by Tyson Blanquart Tuesday, 31 May 2011 17:54

"Expect the best of Rusted Root and expect the unexpected,” Glabicki says, with a smile in his voice.


Jimmy Eat World | All Over the World

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 25 May 2011 21:12

In a lot of ways, business decisions are really similar to creative decisions. We operate as democracy.


Foo Fighters | Wasting Light (Roswell/RCA)

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Written by Brett Berliner Thursday, 19 May 2011 10:33

The band made some changes with this record, most notably by recording it entirely on tape in Dave Grohl’s garage with legendary Nirvana producer Butch Vig.


Dawes | Analog Love

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Written by Jen Mettzler Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:30

“It was definitely a more lo-fi thing and this album is more professionally done analog, whereas the last one, while analog also, was a scrappy experiment done in two weeks.”


Sasquatch! Music Festival ’11 | Top 10 Most Eagerly Anticipated

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Monday, 16 May 2011 19:09

In honor of its 10th year, here are the 10 performers I am most excited about seeing at this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival.


Yelle | Yelle est arrive

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Written by Jenn Metzler Thursday, 05 May 2011 14:49

“I want to give something more to people, being on stage must not be a casual thing, it’s something special.”


Raekwon | Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang (ICEH20)

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Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 04 May 2011 09:25

Every song features quality lyrics and flow from the Wu-Tang member, making the rhymes the true strength of this album.


k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang | Sing It Loud (Nonesuch)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 02 May 2011 09:42

Much as I like lang's voice in and of itself, I like it even better when she's singing a great song, and the material on Sing It Loud doesn't always live up to her vocal chops.


Cornershop | Cornershop & The Double 'O' Groove Of (Ample Play)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 02 May 2011 09:31

I didn't understand one word of it (I think the lyrics are in Punjabi), but I really don't care—the sound by itself is enough to keep me listening.


Yelle | Safari Disco Club (Cooperative USA/Downtown)

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Written by Jenn Metzler Monday, 02 May 2011 08:59

Yelle takes those signature elements soaring to a much higher level—one that’s more mature, but upon first listen nowhere near as fun.


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