Capsule Reviews

Monday, April 30 2007

Okkervil River: The Presidents Dead

Okkervil River provides a focused and complex pair of songs using unexpected colors and surprising tones.


Veda Hille: Return of the Kildeer

An album that lives up to a rich, highbrow, and solid expectations.


Ernie Halter: Congress Hotel

While he possesses enough chops to get these songs across, Ernie Halter has found a haven on MySpace with tour van cameras and live shows.


Sunday, April 29 2007

No Luck Club: Prosperity 2.0

The best-laid plans of Vancouver, Canada's instrumental hip-hop trio are often triumphant.


The Attorneys: Stereocracy

With just guitar, bass and drums, how exactly are you meant to save rock 'n' roll?


Temple of Brutality: Lethal Agenda

The collective members of Temple of Brutality give the band a very impressive pedigree, as it features former members of Megadeth, W.A.S.P.,


Various Artists: Desert Roses 4

It's a compilation from the World Music Middle East rather than the wholly Middle Eastern Middle East.


The Sirens: More Is More

The Sirens are pure glam rock for the new millennium, but there is nothing to get your underpants in a twist over.


Midnight Movies: Patient Eye / Golden Hair

There’s nothing wrong with exchanging sunshine boom for indie gloom, but as a teaser EP, collectors need only apply.


Thursday, April 26 2007

Mic Harrison and The High Score: Push Me On Home

Push Me on Home represents a long overdue opportunity for a larger audience to recognize what those in and around the Knoxville, Tennessee music scene


Ben Weaver: Paper Sky

Weaver shines on his rustic, assured fifth album.


Terminal Sound System: Compressor

Terminal Sound System, the project of Australian artist Skye Klein, does a number on the sounds of drum 'n' bass and emerges as something closer to the skittish patterings of garage.


Haunt: As Blue As Your Dying Eyes

Haunt’s Matthew Hebert is a firm believer in the power of songs, a conviction that garnered his former band, Ware River Club, increased attention


Gaskets: Loose Change

Light, breezy, electronic-laced ditties.


Ben Davis and the Jetts / Des Ark: Battle of the Beards

Together, Davis and Des Ark might craft a compelling album; perhaps that is the next step.


Wednesday, April 25 2007

Captain Yonder: Good-Bye, Woland!

Captain Yonder continue to deliver spooky country-folk tales of ethereal, sepia-tinged beauty.


The Feeling: Twelve Stops and Home

UK quintet reach US shores with their excellent debut, mixing ebullient power pop and catchy rock with melodies worthy of Neil Finn.


Christopher Blue: Room Tones

Fans of singer-songwriters like Sondre Lerche, Andy Stochansky, and Danny Michel would enjoy this album.


Keiko Matsui: Moyo

Disparate musics? Voices? What is going on? In a word, everything.


The Draft: The Draft

Ever since the dissolution of Hot Water Music, The Draft has bravely carried on three of its four original members. Following up last year’s


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