Sunday, November 4 2007
Ex-Test Icicle Dev Hynes switches tack 180 degrees with his new project, a ragged and joyous indie-pop singalong.
Having worked with Canadian rock bands such as FemBots and Royal City, Nathan Lawr could also have graduated from the Blue Rodeo Canadian College of Roots Music.
Folksinger Pamela Wyn Shannon hails the onset of autumn with traditionally-rooted compositions that are burnished like apples, flickering like firelight and rustling like fallen leaves.
Despite all of the weapons in his own arsenal, it's made clear on One Day that Alibi shines brightest in his collaborations.
A rare album from 1971 is reissued and still doesn't live up to the hype.
Thursday, November 1 2007
Richard Youngs’ vast discography, frequent collaborations, and restless experimentation cannot disguise his continued devotion to the pursuit of electro-hymnal magic.
Chris Robley's second solo outing proves there will always be room for one more inventive multi-instrumentalist with a passion for telling tales from the dark side of life.
Country rock never will go out of style. Alberta Cross just wants to drive that point home.
Paul Anka gives his big band interpretations of radio hits a whole lot of sincere skill.
Boston's Death Before Dishonor dish out standard, cliché-laden hardcore fare, following the formula to the letter, with a few notable exceptions along the way.
Wednesday, October 31 2007
Former Gloria Record main man's first solo EP gets a proper release.
Sounding like a mix of XTC and Dinosaur Jr., The High Water Marks earn high marks for their new LP.
So what if the Tambourines sound a lot like a lot of British bands from ten years ago? Why does that have to be a bad thing?
If Saving Jane builds on what's unique and distinct about them, they have a world of potential. Until then, they have a record that hovers around being just average.
Black Devil in Dub looks to the past and present for the means to kill at discotheques.
Tuesday, October 30 2007
Not like the Cuban music familiar to Buena Vista fans but brisker, tangier, rougher, more earthy.
Cross-Atlantic pen pals -- Matt Shaw and Nick Grey -- join in an album of dream-like clarity and subtle, reticent epiphanies.
Jazzy lounge-club instincts make for the most entertaining moments on Poison Kiss, which, otherwise, is drowned out in mid-tempo pop-rock drudgery.
It's is Americana the beautiful, indeed.
On his second full-length, Italian electronic artist Touane doesn't sonically embrace variety as the spice of life.