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Sunday, May 13 2007

American Bhangra: American Bhangra

The title is an overstatement and the cover design is ordinary but underneath the clumsy packaging thumps the heart of a very good debut bhangra album.


Déclassé: Remain Still

Déclassé's Remain Still, an experimental mix of electronic dance, new wave, emo-tinted goth rock. While an intriguing blend, the disc suffers a few pitfalls, but a diamond in the rough shines through.


Big D and the Kids Table: Strictly Rude

Ska, ska and more ska is the theme for Beantown-based Big D & The Kids Table.


Friday, May 11 2007

The New Rags: Take Jennie to Brooklyn

The "ragtime" influence may be a bit of a hoax, but that doesn't stop the New Rags from crafting some energetic pop.


Adult.: Why Bother?

An aptly titled new electronica album from the Detroit duo, Adult.


Skeletonwitch: Worship the Witch

Cleveland, Ohio's Skeletonwitch is hugely indebted to the classic European thrash metal of the late 1980s.


Lillydale: The Art Of Becoming Ones Own Shadow

Lillydale have returned with an album that is precious, sparse, gorgeous and damn near any other adjective that is positive.


Antennas to Heaven: The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been in Finland

Here’s to a debut album that only wants to live up to its influences, which it does in spades.


Blue Line Highway: Life In A Minor Key

Rooted in folk yet with subtle pop overtones.


Wednesday, May 9 2007

Efterklang: Under Giant Trees

Gorgeous, minimal orchestral compositions from this sophisticated Danish group of musicians


Rob da Bank and Chris Coco: Listen Again

The hosts of BBC Radio's "The Blue Room" offer up a two-disc set of their favorite music. It's like getting a few great mixed CDs from your friend with the incredible record collection up the block.


Burbuja: Burbuja

A distant aural cousin to the scenes in the garden at the start of Blue Velvet.


The Lapdancers: The Ghost of Alcohol and Song

The album has remarkable pep and energy, even if the ballad-heavy last third drags a little.


Porter Block: Suburban Sprawl

These two can craft some well-rounded and refined pop songs but is so mired in this realm that it almost lulls one to sleep.


Florian Ross: Big Fish and Small Pond

Extremely attractive piano trio not unduly engrossed in its own inventions.


Tuesday, May 8 2007

Magic Bullets: A Child but in Life Yet a Doctor in Love

From the same line of poppy post-punk as Cold Watr Kids and Voxtrot.


Mise En Abyme: Do You Hear the Hum

Mise En Abyme, an arty electro-rock band from Portland, exist in the small band realm -- this is their third album, but they're making no great play for accessibility.


Static of the Gods: Cycles Follow Signs

Static of the Gods is a fairly run-of-the-mill power pop band with a vocalist that occasionally evokes Gwen Stefani, but is more comfortable mimicking post-Matrix Liz Phair.


Cynthia G. Mason: Quitters Claim

Smart and pretty, but without the variety to really say much.


Travis Mitchell Band: Forget Whats Wrong

The Travis Mitchell Band intertwines classic rock and Texas country on a debut full of potential. And there "Ain't nothin' Nashville about that".


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