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Sunday, August 3 2008

Leila: Blood, Looms and Blooms

After an eight-year absence, Björk's right-hand woman returns with an excellent album that tweaks the down-tempo trip-hop of yore just enough to avoid becoming anachronistic.


Sunday, July 27 2008

Swervedriver

Returning from a nine-year hiatus, Swervedriver fused the ethereal textures of shoegaze with the heavy riffs and hard rhythms of grunge and came close to replicating the densely layered arrangements found on their records.


Thursday, July 17 2008

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth: Not Noiice

With two drummers, two shredders and two screamers, Austin noise-rock band gives listeners double the migraines, double the fun!


Monday, July 14 2008

Grupo Fantasma

With a blockbuster live show, a stunning new album, and the endorsement of one of this era's greatest musicians, Grupo Fantasma are closer than ever to becoming a household name.


Thursday, July 10 2008

The BellRays

Vocalist Lisa Kekaula controlled the music with a voice as full-bodied as her afro, and prowled around the stage as if she was scanning the audience for prey. "I know this is a Monday night," she said, "but I need you to act like it's Friday night! I've come to give you EVERYTHING, but you're gonna have to give something back to me! I've got a job to do, but so do you...and YOU CLOCKED IN WHEN YOU WALKED IN!!!"


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