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Tuesday, May 1 2007

Cassette: Beautiful California

A 35-song effort that is 35 minutes in length results in something that is very odd, very short, and very interesting at times.


Kilo: Kilo

Kilo's latest album is a largely quiet, humble masterpiece of misleading expectations.


Optional 2: Moment of Truth

On its debut album, Moment of Truth, the Goucher College-based duo displays a wide musical palette, infectious energy, and a sense of humor.


Peter Primamore: Grancia

Light music, sometimes ambitious in conception.


Monday, April 30 2007

Radio Moscow: Radio Moscow

Two dudes from Ames, Iowa have a psychedelic-garage-punk-blues-rock band.


Sacha Perry: Not Brand X

Jazz standards -- a lesson in individuality when approaching classic material.


Auto Interiors: Lets Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends

Let’s Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends may be the holy grail of power pop albums.


Okkervil River: The Presidents Dead

Okkervil River provides a focused and complex pair of songs using unexpected colors and surprising tones.


Veda Hille: Return of the Kildeer

An album that lives up to a rich, highbrow, and solid expectations.


Ernie Halter: Congress Hotel

While he possesses enough chops to get these songs across, Ernie Halter has found a haven on MySpace with tour van cameras and live shows.


Sunday, April 29 2007

No Luck Club: Prosperity 2.0

The best-laid plans of Vancouver, Canada's instrumental hip-hop trio are often triumphant.


The Attorneys: Stereocracy

With just guitar, bass and drums, how exactly are you meant to save rock 'n' roll?


Temple of Brutality: Lethal Agenda

The collective members of Temple of Brutality give the band a very impressive pedigree, as it features former members of Megadeth, W.A.S.P.,


Various Artists: Desert Roses 4

It's a compilation from the World Music Middle East rather than the wholly Middle Eastern Middle East.


The Sirens: More Is More

The Sirens are pure glam rock for the new millennium, but there is nothing to get your underpants in a twist over.


Midnight Movies: Patient Eye / Golden Hair

There’s nothing wrong with exchanging sunshine boom for indie gloom, but as a teaser EP, collectors need only apply.


Thursday, April 26 2007

Mic Harrison and The High Score: Push Me On Home

Push Me on Home represents a long overdue opportunity for a larger audience to recognize what those in and around the Knoxville, Tennessee music scene


Ben Weaver: Paper Sky

Weaver shines on his rustic, assured fifth album.


Terminal Sound System: Compressor

Terminal Sound System, the project of Australian artist Skye Klein, does a number on the sounds of drum 'n' bass and emerges as something closer to the skittish patterings of garage.


Haunt: As Blue As Your Dying Eyes

Haunt’s Matthew Hebert is a firm believer in the power of songs, a conviction that garnered his former band, Ware River Club, increased attention


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