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Sunday, July 1 2007

Carey and Lurrie Bell: Gettin Up

There are few, if any, musicians around today that play Chicago blues better than father and son team of Carey Bell Harrington and Lurrie Bell.


Sick Puppies: Dressed Up As Life

A band that actually cites Silverchair as a major musical influence.


Thursday, June 28 2007

Gudrun Gut: I Put a Record On

I Put a Record On is hypnotic and fascinating in all the right ways.


Big Business: Here Come the Waterworks

More accessible than Lightning Bolt, and powerful enough to blow the hipster moustache of Jesse Keeler's mug.


Bears: The Shortest Day of the Year

Cleveland six-piece are soft and sweet and compulsively clad in the sound of crisp acoustic guitars.


Gerald Collier: How Can There Be Another Day?

This former frontman for Best Kissers in the World takes his own material and blends it in with some thoughtfully selective covers


J.D. Blackfoot: The Ultimate Prophecy

For fans of obscure but mostly accessible early-'70s rock.


Wednesday, June 27 2007

Boom Bip: Sacchrilege

An ‘80s aesthetic that borders on ironic, and will throw longtime fans for a bit of loop.


Drakes Hotel: Tell Me Everything

A thick slab of Jesus and Mary Chain-esque rock.


Electric Laser People: Straight Talk on Raising Kids

MIT grads play robot-engineers by day, horny rock star posers at night.


Whiting Tennis: Three Leaf Clover

When Whiting Tennis amplifies his own talents over his clear love of Neil Young, Three Leaf Clover shines. Unfortunately, that only happens about half the time.


The Ugly Beats: Take a Stand

A fresh take on the spirit of the '60s.


Tuesday, June 26 2007

American Catastrophe: Excerpts From The Broken Bone Choir

A very exotic, but appealing, release that brings to mind Nick Cave singing over a Spaghetti Western film score.


Of Montreal: Icons, Abstract Thee

This EP offers some tasty leftovers from Of Montreal's excellent 2007 full-length, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?.


Test Your Reflex: The Burning Hour

The band establishes a brand of '80s-inspired rock somewhere between the brooding charisma of Interpol and the populist appeal of The Killers.


The Destro: As the Coil Unwinds

Another band declare themselves outcasts of society and saviors of blasting, in-your-face metal.


Confederate Railroad: Cheap Thrills

An old band up to its old tricks.


Monday, June 25 2007

Little Aida: Mad Country

Little Aida's first release in over ten years is a beguiling mix of lysergic-country and ambient folk-melancholia. It's just a shame we had to wait so long.


Panther: Secret Lawns

On one song I think I hear him call his style "mechanic soul"; whether he does or doesn't, that description works.


The Little Heroes: Cinematic Americana

San Jose/L.A. band shoots for Document-era R.E.M., but actually reminds one of the Gin Blossoms.


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