Morningbell | Sincerely, Severely (Orange)

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Written by Kurt Klopmeier Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00

cd_morningbell.jpgThe band is at its best when it slows down, mutes the drums and turns out some sexy, smooth and seductive bossa nova/soul that wouldn't be out of place next to Al Green or Curtis Mayfield.



El Monstero | A Holiday Tradition

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Written by Corey Woodruff Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00

prof_el-monstero_sm.jpgThe show grows more each year, but it is still all-local talent.


Dethklok | Dethalbum II (Williams Street)

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 08 December 2009 00:00

dethalbumii.jpgBut what’s missing isn’t the heavy metal fury: it’s the funny.


Grant Hart | Hot Wax (Con d’Or/MVD Audio)

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Written by Jason Green Monday, 07 December 2009 00:00

granthart-hotwax.jpgTen years is a long time to wait for an album. But despite its long gestation period, Hot Wax is not Chinese Democracy­—while not exactly tossed-off, it's definitely not an overwrought, over-thought mess.


Devendra Banhart | What Will We Be (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00

cd_banhart.jpgWhat Will We Be plays like a watered-down version of Banhart's prior work.


Bamboo Shoots | Armour (Epic)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 01 December 2009 00:00

cd_bamboo-shoots.jpgIt's dance-y, it's fun, it's retro and current and maybe a little boy band-ish.


KISS | Sonic Boom (KISS Records)

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00

kiss-sonicboom.jpgStrong enough to make both fans and detractors want to rock and roll over, the Paul Stanley-produced disc is just what the doctor ordered.


Caspian | Tertia (Mylene Sheath)

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Written by Michael Morlaine Monday, 23 November 2009 00:36

caspian-tertia.gifAlong with the basic instrumentation of post-rock, Caspian appears to have inherited the genre’s typical long-windedness.



Rain Machine | s/t (Anti- Records)

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Written by Kurt Klopmeier Thursday, 19 November 2009 07:54


Though it can be plodding, and the lyrics can be hard to understand, the record showcases one of the best voices and songwriters in indie rock today.

Gliss | Devotion Implosion (Cordless Recordings)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 14 November 2009 16:16

cd_gliss.gifSomehow, almost every song here seems a favorite in its own right.



Black Gold | Rush (Redbull)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 14 November 2009 16:14

cd_black-gold.gifOne listen to the first song, "Detroit," and I thought I was in love.



Sea Wolf | White Water, White Bloom (Dangerbird)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 14 November 2009 16:12

cd_sea-wolf.gifI'll have to admit, I don't find Church's voice to be especially strong.



The Arrest | 01 (s/r)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 14 November 2009 16:10

cd_arrest.gifAt some point, it had to happen. Shoegaze had to grow up, grow a set, adapt.



The Question of Odds: Anders Parker’s Road to The Firebird November 20th, 2009

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Written by Willie E. Smith Friday, 13 November 2009 09:41

parkerthumb.jpgMake an evening of it -- go to the Firebird and witness a master craftsman at work.

The Twilight Sad | Forget the Night Ahead (Fat Cat)

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Written by Mike Rengel Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:43

twilightsadthumb.jpgThe Twilight Sad have an unparalleled aptitude for freezing small, specific moments in time.

Sick of Sarah | s/t (Adamant)

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Written by Mike Rengel Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:04

sickofsarahthumb.jpgSick of Sarah nails the straightforward appeal of radio friendly pop in the vein of Michelle Branch but strips away all banality with a centrifuge of confidence, replacing it with stout Upper Midwestern heart.

Tiesto | Kaleidoscope (Ultra)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Thursday, 05 November 2009 15:10

cd_tiesto.gifEven after years of mastering unique beats and unconventional sounds, Tiesto is still trying his hand at something new.



In the Heights | 11.10-22.09

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 05 November 2009 15:06

theat_heights.gifThe location is specific but the stories are universal.



Inglourious Basterds: Motion Picture Soundtrack (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Michael Morlaine Thursday, 29 October 2009 14:55

cd_inglourious.gifThe film's retro affectations permeate every aspect of the soundtrack.



Colin Hay | American Sunshine (Compass/Lazy Eye)

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Written by Jim Ousley Tuesday, 27 October 2009 14:53

cd_colin-hay.gifYou may be as surprised as I was at this transplanted Aussie's California sunshine-inspired tracks.



White Rabbits | Homecoming

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Written by John Shepherd Tuesday, 27 October 2009 14:51

prof_white-rabbits_sm.gif"It turns out I had mistakenly sent the text directly to Britt Daniels, because those two B names were right next to each other."


LIGHTS | The Listening (Sire)

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 27 October 2009 12:25

lights.jpg"Why then," you ask, "are you reviewing this CD, smart guy? Aren't you the guy in charge of the comic book section or something?"



Shonen Knife | Super Group (Good Charamel Records)

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 27 October 2009 08:13

shonenknife-supergroup.jpgShonen Knife's bubblegum punk attack is still very much in full effect from the get-go.



The Raveonettes | In and Out of Control (Vice)

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Written by Christopher Sewell Friday, 23 October 2009 03:36

cd_raveonettes.gifIn and Out of Control is a solid effort by The Raveonettes and one of their best records to date.



The Cribs | Ignore the Ignorant (101 Distribution)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 23 October 2009 03:34

cd_cribs.gifRyan Jarman really stretches his voice on this offering. It's still recognizable, but he's singing more, reaching new ranges, holding notes longer.



Athlete | The Getaway EP (EMI)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 23 October 2009 03:32

cd_athlete.jpgOn the whole, this is a mellow one, kids; Vehicles and Animals is a long, long time ago, and not one we'll be soon revisiting.



The Subjects | New Soft Shoe EP (s/r)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 23 October 2009 03:27

cd_subjects.gifIt's an enjoyable ride (while it lasts), full of jangly, upbeat beats.



Abi Robins | Hey, Sunshine!/Conversations With Myself (Morning Bird)

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Written by Willie E. Smith Friday, 23 October 2009 03:24

cd_abi-robins.gifBeginnings like this were a rare find around these parts, 'cause the tendency was for the talent to leave the nest and head for the coasts ASAP.



Hall & Oates | Doing What They Want, Being Who They Are

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Written by Amy Burger Thursday, 22 October 2009 07:03

halloates_-_small.jpgAfter more than 40 years playing together and apart, the duo just released their first boxed set.

John Nolan | Height (Doghouse)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:28

cd_john-nolan.gifFrom the first song to the tenth, these are richly layered, deeply affecting numbers; listening, you often feel the confidante to a close friend.



Gordon Gano & The Ryans | Under the Sun (Yep Roc)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 16 October 2009 04:32

gano-underthesun.jpgThat isn't to say that this is an all-time classic like Violent Femmes or Hallowed Ground: the peaks aren't nearly that high, but the complete lack of valleys is cause for celebration.



MuteMath | 10.23.09

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Written by Michele Ulsohn Wednesday, 14 October 2009 13:09

prev_mutemath_s.gifTheir 2006 self-titled full-length debut sold over 10,000 copies in its first month...without the promotion or distribution of a major label.



Sissy Wish | Sparkling Nordic Electro-Pop

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Written by Kevin Renick Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:01

prof_sissy-wish_sm.gifLittle time is wasted on Sissy Wish's Beauties Never Die; the album zips by in a flash, and it has a confidence in both the performance and production that gives it real muscle.



Moneen | The World I Want to Leave Behind (Dine Alone)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 09 October 2009 15:30

cd_moneen.gifDon't feel ashamed if you're inclined to hit the "repeat" button and listen to the whole disc all over again; this is one that stands up to repeated (and repeated) listens.



John Maxfield | The Status Quo (Tantrum Niche)

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Written by Willie E. Smith Thursday, 08 October 2009 15:22

cd_john-maxfield.gifThe growth and maturation of his talents shine on "Holding Out," the second track on the set, a piano-based tune Joe Jackson could have released in his prime.



Anders Parker | SkyScraper Crow (Bladen County)

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Written by Willie E. Smith Thursday, 08 October 2009 15:10

cd_anders-parker.gifTaken together, Skyscraper Crow is a shared, intimate experience.



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