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Wednesday, July 25 2007

Southerly: Storyteller and the Gossip Columnist

DIY home-recorder Krist Krueger enlists an orchestra of friends for second album, a lush, elaborately realized, but not quite satisfying excursion into country pop.


Lay Low: Please Dont Hate Me

The dainty chanteuse plays a stripped-down blues/folk that has the acoustic appeal of Cat Power and, at times, approaches the adorably squeamish tendencies of Joanna Newsome.


Tokyo Rose: The Promise in Compromise

New Jersey rock trio follows up a stellar, underrated sophomore set with an album that throws most of their budding promise away.


Baby Guts: Gasoline

Laura Larson's rage-filled shrieks fill Gasoline with dirty garage band angst.


Kelt: Tomorrow Is Another Day

The Australian band Kelt have a dreamy pop sensibility about them.


Tuesday, July 24 2007

Bodies of Water: Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink

From indie folk-pop underpinnings to Polyphonic Spree-like grandiosity, the debut full-length from this L.A. girl-boy band is definitely on the right track.


The Little Ones: Lovers Who Uncover EP

A tight piece of indie pop -- and some remixes -- from this new LA group.


The Death of a Party: The Rise and Fall of Scarlet City

Like how Ozma imitates Weezer, the Death of a Party wants to be the Blood Brothers. They should stop trying.


Green Lizard: Las Armas Del Silencio

A commanding, guitar-driven presence, embodying the spirit and aesthetic of punk.


Gerald Collier: How Can There Be Another Day?

Jenks Miller created this album as a means of cathartically dealing with his OCD; and it often makes one feel uncomfortable or unnerved, but in a good way.


Monday, July 23 2007

Ra Ra Riot: Ra Ra Riot EP

Despite the tragedy surrounding its release, Ra Ra Riot's debut EP is worth your attention.


Life in a Blender: The Heart Is a Small Balloon

College rock stalwarts and They Might Be Giants pals come together for their sixth album of quirky pop, but don't have quite enough pizzazz to hit the next level.


The Masons: Let You Down Easy

The Masons reel off one precious piece of pop rock after another


Loden: Valeen Hope

Proving that electronically-augmented shoegaze need not be clinically clean.


Tim Love Lee: Coming Home

Lee has been described as an at ease hippie, and it’s easy to see why hippies can relax to this non-abrasive music.


Sunday, July 22 2007

Driver of the Year: Driver of the Year Will Destroy You

Indie-rock for porn films. But hey -- even Francis Ford Copppola started out that way!


The Dead Betties: Nightmare Sequence

The very fact that “art noise” and “punk” aren’t really thrown around as band descriptives so much these days should be enough to garner


The Conformists: Three Hundred

Although recorded by Steve Albini, there’s not a lot here that one should get their knickers in a knot over.


Guitar: Dealin with Signal and Noise

The most rewarding tracks on Dealin with Signal and Noise are the noisiest ones.


Joey Youngman: Franchise Player 02

Youngman spins frenetic, '90s-influenced house, barely letting you up for air in the process.


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