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Wednesday, February 28 2007

The Machines: After My Misspent Youth

The Machines are a tight rock group from Kitchener, Ontario -- one that has no problem dishing out catchy rock gems.


Tuesday, February 27 2007

Josh Rouse and Paz Suay: Shes Spanish, Im American

She’s Spanish, I’m American stands as a breezy pop flirtation between Rouse and Suay.  Rouse has perfected the art of smooth, dreamy


Anton Barbeau: In the Village of the Apple Sun

Anton Barbeau’s tenth album is plastered with sounds, styles and arrangements that makes you want to dust off the Beatles albums post Sgt. Pepper.


The Hermit Crabs: Feel Good Factor EP

The Hermit Crabs is a Glasgow band that plays whispery, loving twee-pop.


Pink Nasty: Mold the Gold

Sara Beck is asking a lot of any listener. First they have to get through the unpleasantness of her performing name, Pink Nasty, and then they have to contend with some willfully divergent shifts in style.


Lloyd Price: Specialty Profiles

Lloyd Price’s earliest recorded material was for the Specialty label. Back in 1952 while Price was still a teenager, he had a big hit record


Monday, February 26 2007

Autumn Shade: Ezra Moon

An extraordinary mix of folk, rock and classical influences, the songs are minimally couched and passionately sung against a backdrop of piano and violin.


Z: Mikabe

It's the music of fits and starts: a grunt, a strum, a scream, a honk, a hoot, an eruption into noise, a retreat into guitar-whine.


Dora Flood: We Live Now

The latest album from heady, groovy, psychedelic-tinged rockers Dora Flood has them again in a head space few bands can match and most should appreciate.


Terry Ohms: Terry Ohms Plays Wes McDonald

Ohms skillfully bashes out songs on his guitar that bring to mind a punk Townes Van Zandt.


Nassau: Machines to Paradise

Nassau is a Canadian band that could make a name for itself a la Arcade Fire, Stars or Broken Social Scene.


Sunday, February 25 2007

Kim Barlow: Champ

Singer-songwriter Kim Barlow’s latest album continues her strong collection with a gorgeous body of songs.


Kendra Shank: A Spirit Free

Kendra Shank doesn’t sing Abbey Lincoln’s songs as much as Shank inhabits them.


Azrael: Act III: Self + Act IV: Goat

Yes, kids, these dudes are cult, or kvlt if you prefer, right down to the typically grim (AKA "poorly lit") album cover and unreadable band logo.


My Brightest Diamond: Disappear

My Brightest Diamond's iTunes-only Disappear EP functions as a holdover between her two albums.


Good Shoes: The Photos on My Wall EP

Good Shoes' Britpop has the smacky, slapping rhythm of 1970s punk.


On the Wealth of Nations: Books That Changed the World by P. J. ORourke

Humorist P.J. O'Rourke livens things up in a new book on economic pioneer Adam Smith.


Thursday, February 22 2007

San Saba County: Its Not the Fall That Hurts

Where Austin-based San Saba County's 2004 debut had its roots firmly planted in the alt-country soil of the Lone Star State, their follow-up proves to be a lot like the Texas desert.


The Art of Losing by Keith Dixon

A deceptive The Art of Losing morphs from caper to moral fable.


Contriva: Separate Chambers

All lightly strummed guitar, clear, airy organ notes, and an ambiance that manages to be sparse without ever feeling empty, the new effort from Berlin


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