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Menomena | Juggling Numbers

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Written by Kelly Glueck Wednesday, 02 March 2011 14:42

“I’m excited to play on the same day as Kanye West. That kind of blows my mind even saying that sentence.”

 

Ra Ra Riot | Forging a Path

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Written by Kelly Glueck Wednesday, 02 March 2011 14:31

“When we first began, we never thought it would turn into what it has. We were just using our nice classical instruments at the time and we were playing these house parties.”

   

DeVotchKa | 100 Lovers (Anti-Records)

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Written by Matthew Treon Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:38

The album is laced with DeVotchKa’s signature Eastern European and Latin flourishes. But 100 Lovers has a greater sonic expansiveness than previous DeVotchKa albums and covers more territory than the band ever has before.

 

Black 47 | Bankers and Gangsters (United For Opportunity)

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:38

The album finds the band celebrating their twentieth anniversary by returning to more familiar territory, getting in the occasional political dig while concentrating most of their energy on telling stories from the streets of New York City with their patented mix of traditional Irish music and American rock n’ roll.

 

   

Iron & Wine | Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner Brothers)

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Written by Glen Elkins Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:28

The album, on this song in particular, sounds very much like Beam's recent live performances and creates a sense of "jammy" collaboration that's a logical extension of the previous record.

 

Cut Copy | Zonoscope (Modular)

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Written by Mike Rengel Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:24

Instead, what Zonoscope recalls most is the engrossing, expansive, longform progressive house and dance pop New Order and Pet Shop Boys ruled the world with in the late '80s.

   

Sonic Youth | Simon Werner a Disparu Soundtrack (Sonic Youth)

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Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:18

One thing I’ve realized is that it’s incredibly difficult to make music that is stimulating without it requiring complete attention at the same time. Sonic Youth has successfully achieved that here.

 

White Lies | Ritual (Fiction)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 17 February 2011 21:39

Ritual reveals a band more self-possessed and self-aware.

   

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail Of Dead | Tao of the Dead (Richter Scale/Superball Music)

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Written by Braden Abbott Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:07

So, not only has Keely penned one of the best hard rock albums ever, he’s introduced the sweaty twenty-somethings to Campbell’s massive theory of Myth.

 

Talib Kweli | Gutter Rainbows (101 Distribution)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:00

Kweli’s rhymes are enjoyable, but his repetitive delivery makes the album so blah.

   

Adele | 21 (Columbia)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:51

You can really feel the struggle she’s going through with the progression of her vocals as well as the intensity of the piano accompanying her brilliantly on this track.

 

Bridges & Powerlines | Eve (Stunning Models on Display)

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Written by Mary Beth Hascall Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:46

Eve builds on the band’s love of complex pop melodies, horn and strings rhythm and funky percussion all squeezed into a tight, radio-friendly three to four-minute format.

   

Ben Ottewell | Shapes & Shadows (ATO Records)

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Written by John Shepherd Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:42

But, unfortunately, on their own Ottewell’s songs blend together, and what seems remarkable as part of a larger musical canvas ends up being disappointingly tedious.

 

Ben Ottewell | Shapes & Shadows (ATO)

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Written by Mary Beth Hascall Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:31

Fortunately, Ottewell’s music shines brightly through the harsh stage lights. Shapes & Shadows combines his forceful tenor with passionate songwriting.

   

The Memorials | 2.18.11

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Written by Justin Thompson Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:22

"We just got hella’ drunk and had all of these emotional issues going on, so we just sat up in the studio and put that shit on wax."

 

Matt Pryor | The Kids Are Alright

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Written by Alex Schreiber Monday, 14 February 2011 17:13

"Enough time had passed away from one another that we could see through the bullshit and enjoy our time together."

   

George Michael | Faith (remastered 2010) (Epic Legacy)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 09 February 2011 23:25

George Michael has got quite the ear for pop music.

 

Fujiya & Miyagi | Ventriloquizzing (Yep Roc)

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Written by Jenn Metzler Tuesday, 08 February 2011 15:05

Ventriloquizzing puts you in a dimly lit room having what you thought was a just a friendly chat, except that your friend is telling you more than you ever wanted to hear.

   

Miguel | All I Want is You (Jive)

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Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 08 February 2011 14:58

It’s safe to say that his collaborations with artists who are also set to dominate in 2011 foreshadow an amazing year in music. 

 

Tokyo Police Club | Stories From Now

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Written by Jenn Metzler Monday, 07 February 2011 15:52

“For this album we definitely had an idea or a vision. We knew what we wanted everything to sound like—drums, guitar, vocals—and Rob master-produced it the way we saw it or heard it in our heads.”

   

Interpol | 2.11.11

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Written by Justin Thompson Monday, 07 February 2011 10:31

Although they’ve lost bassist Carlos Dengler, Fogarino says, “The dynamic has changed for the better.”

 

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.

   

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