Thursday, September 20 2007
More complex, ambient psychedelica from the Chicago trio.
San Diego shredders' fifth full-length splices math rock-ish time signatures to free jazz improvisation to the head-on adrenaline of punk rock. You'll be out of breath just listening.
Chicago quintet challenges the city’s ban on pub smoking and exhales five plumes that could reverse local law.
Wednesday, September 19 2007
I can think of no higher praise than to say that Ditherer is somehow the bastard spawn of a three-way orgy between Mountain Goats, 10cc and Tortoise.
At Your Service, the U.S. debut from Swedish dance-prompters Melody Club, never advances beyond pop’s staged and “of-the-moment” appeal.
British trio Free Diamonds sounds like a folksy, tamer version of The Fratellis if they were influenced more by rockabilly and Dylan records.
KEXP, the venerable non-commercial radio station, has released a third volume of live and in-studio recordings.
A brief taste of Toronto’s DJ Alibi and his ability to lure you into a kitchen that’s simmering with boom-bap, jazz, and soul.
Tuesday, September 18 2007
This isn't essential listening, but if you're in dire need of a hardcore fix, Cloak/Dagger does nothing but satisfy.
There's nothing revolutionary about what Mystery of Two does on this album but it's a great change-of-pace type record that showcases the potential this band has to carve out a distinct place for themselves in the independent scene.
Fast, fun, silly punk rock without a trace of civilizing influence...from the boys of Be Your Own Pet.
These days folk is a niche market, but these musicians still know how to captivate, educate, and entertain the listener.
Philly's glam pop outfit, Get Quick, kick out clever puns and killer riffs on a 1960s-redolent, but 00s-relevant second full-length.
Monday, September 17 2007
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 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 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.
Callahan veers between Brit-folk and coffeehouse singer-songwriter on this pop-saturating album.
Sister Hazel treat fans to B-sides collection, bore others.
Sunday, September 16 2007
Jeremy Fisher’s folk-pop works best when it's pop-folk.
Testa Rosa has all the spit and polish of bands like The Pretenders and Blondie with its tight melodies and terribly infectious pop rock.