Monday, August 27 2007
The Gecko Club work around a format where guitar power pop is king and all should genuflect to it.
Sunday, August 26 2007
Hillstomp avoid the superfluous refinement which distances white blues conservationists from earlier performers. Bravo!
Fresh off her Metallic Falcons collaboration with Coco Rosie's Sierra Casady, Baim constructs eerie, delicate songs that hardly rise above a whisper....Devendra Banhart, Jana Hunter and other free folk types appear in cameos.
A recording of a benefit show from back in 2005 for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s Yellow Dog Watershed.
Returning way too late to capitalize on the acclaim from their last album, the unfortunately titled Namelessnumberheadman delivers a lackluster effort almost entirely absent of any ingratiating quality.
Nashville singer-songwriter Matt Moody's project offers something new crafted out of decidedly old parts.
Thursday, August 23 2007
A potent brew of metal riffs and punkish energy.
This is one country-punk band who won't be selling out to "the man" anytime soon.
Featured guitarist in Norah Jones’ Handsome Band creates a pleasant Sunday afternoon mood on his solo effort.
Putting a fresh spin on the vintage sounds of the British Invasion by adding garage rock muscle and modern rock sensibility.
A young organist for Japan who swings for herself.
Wednesday, August 22 2007
Tyler Pursel, keyboardist for the Gym Class Heroes indulges his love for Cyndi Lauper and the Postal Service with a sugar-coated, dance-happy album of electronic squiggles and bleeps.
The good times are back in rock n roll, if you can imagine such a thing. Members of Toronto’s Holy Fields have been around
It's a short album but one which would leave one smiling in a happy stupor.
Members of the Mamas and the Papas and the Lovin' Spoonful play some pleasant pop folk music.
Though the CD bears his name, saxophonist Byars allows his quartet to solo, at length, on each of the album’s eight tracks. This could be an asset, but the musicians sound like they’re wandering through each instrument, trying to grab inspiration from the air.
Tuesday, August 21 2007
On his second solo album, D.O.A.'s Joe Shithead Keithley hammers the ol' punk mallet with a sense of style, humor, and crunching guitars, giving young whippersnappers half his age a clinic in how it's done.
Mobile's polished brand of emotional rock music received accolades in their homeland of Canada, but now the band is stepping onto the international stage.
Eli Cook, at the ripe old age of 20, delivers his first solo album, a bang-up blues fest in the old school vein of Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker. While his guitar playing is bar none, Cook's vocals -- sounding four times his age -- are a little much.
Warning: This is not a Valentine's Day album. This is about (some of) the ups and (most of) the downs of romance.