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Monday, September 17 2007

Sir Richard Bishop: Polytheistic Fragments

Mixing the odor of Jimmy Page and the missing link between Brian Eno’s Another Green World and mid-period Pink Floyd,Polytheistic Fragments is a veritable treat for fans of guitar music from yesterday, today and tomorrow.


The Sharp Things: A Moveable Feast

The third album from New York's 11-piece symphonic-pop ensemble serves up an eclectic banquet of darkly atmospheric chamber-pop and cool lounge-swing to an often dazzling effect.


The Dilettantes: 101 Tambourines

The Dilettantes are a band whose rock and roll ideal is often expressed in the language of Byrds-ian guitar jangle, driving drumbeats and psychedelic pop landscapes.


Suzy Callahan: Freedom Party For Insects

Callahan veers between Brit-folk and coffeehouse singer-songwriter on this pop-saturating album.


Sister Hazel: Bam Vol. 1

Sister Hazel treat fans to B-sides collection, bore others.


Sunday, September 16 2007

Jeremy Fisher: Goodbye Blue Monday

Jeremy Fisher’s folk-pop works best when it's pop-folk.


Testa Rosa: Testa Rosa

Testa Rosa has all the spit and polish of bands like The Pretenders and Blondie with its tight melodies and terribly infectious pop rock.


Shane Nicholson: Faith & Science

Shane Nicholson's second record projects a pleasant sound and easygoing vibe, showing him to be a folk rock-oriented songsmith with the ability to create laid-back hooks and emit a genuinely nice persona.


The John Hemmersam/ Dom Minasi Quartet: The John Hemmersam/ Dom Minasi Quartet

Two guitarists plus a rhythm ensemble explore some beautiful gentle numbers, and now and then dwell in the avant-garde areas.


Surrounded: The Nautilus Years

Influenced by Sigur Ros and Coldplay, this Swedish outfit creates emotional large-scale songs.


Thursday, September 13 2007

Health: Health

Health's first full length is loud and untamed, but artful in its deconstruction.


Uh Huh Her: I See Red

This new electropop duo from Los Angeles has potential.


Damnation A.D.: In This Life Or The Next

Using nearly every metal cliché to their advantatge, the D.C.-based quartet adds some suprising, new elements to a standard formula and comes away with powerful results.


Maserati: Inventions for the New Season

Throughout Inventions for the New Season, Maserati builds a decently admirable wall of sound, but ultimately, they hang very little on it.


Blake Rainey and His Demons: The Dangerous Summer

This Canadian band has some good chops, but it’s the sort of release that doesn’t really distinguish itself from others.


Wednesday, September 12 2007

Alina Simone: Placelessness

ALthough she echoes Chan Marshall, Alina Simone sounds determined to get her own thing going on Placelessness.


Nathaniel Mayer: Why Don’t You Give It to Me?

By the end of these 40 minutes you can almost smell the cigarette smoke, cheap scotch, cologne and sweat emanating from Mayer's powder-blue polyester suit.


Child Bite: Gold Thriller

Child Bite isn't bad, but without more of a distinctive hook their audience will likely remain primarily local.


Tenderhooks: Vidalia

With a feel for the earthy jangle of bands like REM and Son Volt, and a touch of country influence and melodic sensibilities that allow many of their hooks to take flight, this Knoxville, Tennessee quartet's first full length is a mostly winning combination of heartland and modern rock tones.


Grant Green: The Finest in Jazz: Grant Green

A great jazz guitarist in mostly a non-great sub-genre.


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