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Sunday, March 25 2007

Little Brazil: Tighten The Noose

Many of these songs hit all the right spots at exactly the right times.


Brian Groder: Torque

A superior set of contemporary jazz, blazing straight out of the long and unruly heritage of left-field explorations.


The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

Bookish The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay keeps the pages turning.


Num9: The Glow-worms Resistance

I read the press kit and then listen to the CD and feel as if I'm missing something.


Thursday, March 22 2007

Goldrush: The Heart Is the Place

Britain's Goldrush newest release unveils inspiring orchestrations and a whole lot of talent.


The Black Watch: Tatterdemalion

If not for lack of quality, then simple lack of interest in the style.


Todd Carey: Watching Waiting

Carey’s pop rock comes off as being telegraphed a la Gavin DeGraw and Jason Mraz.


Blake Miller: Together With Cats

Although the press release wants you to believe that Blake Miller falls in line with Devendra Banhart and Grizzly Bear, you’d be hard pressed not to find someone like Ralph Stanley deep in the mix.


Phil Angotti: East Side Soul

At times Phil Angotti can be a great power pop artist, but for the opening number on his new album he channels Bob Dylan for “East Side Soul #27”.


Wednesday, March 21 2007

Grand Champeen: Dial T for This

Grand Champeen does a nice job of maintaining excitement without ever letting themselves go over the top, resulting in some basic but strong rock 'n' roll.


Shedding: What God Doesnt Bless, You Wont Love; What You Dont Love, The Child Wont Know

The artwork has more to say than the album contained within.


Christina Rosenvinge: Continental 62

Like many singer-songwriters, she has misgivings about love and partnerships.


Complicated Shirt: Compromising Compositions

Complicated Shirt are a blending of post-rock and indie rock.


Bob Egan: The Glorious Decline

Bob Egan has played with Wilco and Blue Rodeo, which to most people are the distant cousins of the same musical landscapes.


The Postmarks: The Postmarks

This wistful, indie chamber pop trio from Miami have been getting a good deal of early buzz.


Tuesday, March 20 2007

Blanche: What This Town Needs

Alt-country weirdoes Blanche seem to have lost access to their time machine.


Die! Die! Die!: Die! Die! Die!

The predictable, SXSW-fueled enthusiasm for this band'll probably write itself: expect "fierce", "brutal", "blasting".


Lincolns Smile and Other Enigmas by Alan Trachtenberg

Essayist Alan Trachtenberg explores act, art of seeing in Lincoln's Smile.


Breadfoot feat. Anne Phoebe: Tea with Leo

New York-based Breadfoot picks at his banjo and six-strong Dobro like a country boy.


Zoodrive: Not Fully Medicated

Zoodrive makes rock music, and Not Fully Medicated is an EP full of rock songs.


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