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Wednesday, March 21 2007

Grand Champeen: Dial T for This

Grand Champeen does a nice job of maintaining excitement without ever letting themselves go over the top, resulting in some basic but strong rock 'n' roll.


Shedding: What God Doesnt Bless, You Wont Love; What You Dont Love, The Child Wont Know

The artwork has more to say than the album contained within.


Christina Rosenvinge: Continental 62

Like many singer-songwriters, she has misgivings about love and partnerships.


Complicated Shirt: Compromising Compositions

Complicated Shirt are a blending of post-rock and indie rock.


Bob Egan: The Glorious Decline

Bob Egan has played with Wilco and Blue Rodeo, which to most people are the distant cousins of the same musical landscapes.


The Postmarks: The Postmarks

This wistful, indie chamber pop trio from Miami have been getting a good deal of early buzz.


Tuesday, March 20 2007

Blanche: What This Town Needs

Alt-country weirdoes Blanche seem to have lost access to their time machine.


Die! Die! Die!: Die! Die! Die!

The predictable, SXSW-fueled enthusiasm for this band'll probably write itself: expect "fierce", "brutal", "blasting".


Breadfoot feat. Anne Phoebe: Tea with Leo

New York-based Breadfoot picks at his banjo and six-strong Dobro like a country boy.


Zoodrive: Not Fully Medicated

Zoodrive makes rock music, and Not Fully Medicated is an EP full of rock songs.


Monday, March 19 2007

Illinois: What the Hell Do I Know?

Light-hearted indie rock that is both versatile and utterly enjoyable.


Goes Cube: Beckon the Dagger God

Goes Cube, a local NYC hard rock act beloved of some of the more influential NYC indie websites, is giving the ground-up thing a go.


Clair De Lune: Assisted Living

Minneapolis group Clair De Lune has all the angst and intensity of “emo/screamo” bands, but there is no screaming.


Marco Figueira: Brazilliance

Brazilliance is a soft, squashy samba-jazz album. The electric guitars are soft and squashy and the bass is soft and squashy and the sax and


Sarah White and the Pearls: White Light

Anyway, this is a serviceable little alt-country disc, though I’d hardly describe it as "a back porch classic in the making" as the publicist does.


Sunday, March 18 2007

Holy Molar: Cavity Search

Holy Molar shares three members and a spazz-punk-metal aesthetic with the Locust, and its new 10-minute, five-song EP will not shock anyone familiar with the other band.


Until June: Until June

Listening to Until June, it is easy to get swept up in this fine group's powerfully emotional melodies.


Sparrow House: Falls

Drawing inspiration from artists like Iron & Wine and Elliott Smith, Van Fleet displays a gift for songcraft, coupling mellow folk textures with more intricate sonic elements


Crooked Still: Shaken by a Low Sound

Mandolin? No. Guitar? Sparingly on two tracks. Cello? You bet your arse.


Smash Palace: Best Of 99-06

This compilation from power pop band Smash Palace is littered with above average arrangements, bouncy beats, and infectious hooks.


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