Capsule Reviews

Wednesday, March 21 2007

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.


Sparrow House: Falls

Drawing inspiration from artists like Iron & Wine and Elliott Smith, Van Fleet displays a gift for songcraft, coupling mellow folk textures with more intricate sonic elements


Crooked Still: Shaken by a Low Sound

Mandolin? No. Guitar? Sparingly on two tracks. Cello? You bet your arse.


Smash Palace: Best Of 99-06

This compilation from power pop band Smash Palace is littered with above average arrangements, bouncy beats, and infectious hooks.


Thursday, March 15 2007

New Young Pony Club: New Young Pony Club

New rave really isn't as striking as its prefix suggests. Not so much a revolution as a refinement, the movement as of yet is at most merely the more moneyed and sassy little sister to dance-punk.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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