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Thursday, March 22 2007

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.


Tuesday, March 20 2007

The Postmarks: The Postmarks

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


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.


Monday, March 19 2007

Illinois: What the Hell Do I Know?

Light-hearted indie rock that is both versatile and utterly enjoyable.


Goes Cube: Beckon the Dagger God

Goes Cube, a local NYC hard rock act beloved of some of the more influential NYC indie websites, is giving the ground-up thing a go.


Clair De Lune: Assisted Living

Minneapolis group Clair De Lune has all the angst and intensity of “emo/screamo” bands, but there is no screaming.


Marco Figueira: Brazilliance

Brazilliance is a soft, squashy samba-jazz album. The electric guitars are soft and squashy and the bass is soft and squashy and the sax and


Sarah White and the Pearls: White Light

Anyway, this is a serviceable little alt-country disc, though I’d hardly describe it as "a back porch classic in the making" as the publicist does.


Sunday, March 18 2007

Holy Molar: Cavity Search

Holy Molar shares three members and a spazz-punk-metal aesthetic with the Locust, and its new 10-minute, five-song EP will not shock anyone familiar with the other band.


Until June: Until June

Listening to Until June, it is easy to get swept up in this fine group's powerfully emotional melodies.


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