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Tuesday, September 18 2007

Cloak/Dagger: We Are

This isn't essential listening, but if you're in dire need of a hardcore fix, Cloak/Dagger does nothing but satisfy.


Mystery of Two: Arrows Are All You Know

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.


Turbo Fruits: Turbo Fruits

Fast, fun, silly punk rock without a trace of civilizing influence...from the boys of Be Your Own Pet.


Various Artists: Sowing the Seeds

These days folk is a niche market, but these musicians still know how to captivate, educate, and entertain the listener.


The Get Quick: See You in the Crossfire

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

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.


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