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Wednesday, March 14 2007

Bang Gang: Find What You Get EP

Iceland's Bang Gang, judging by the music on the Find What You Get EP, should record a live album, and right away.


The Crayon Fields: Animal Bells

The Crayon Fields makes pop that hangs around like a dense mist, opaque but ultimately diffuse.


The Jennifers: Colors from the Future

Mining the same hooky, melodic pop vein as Velvet Crush and Evelyn Forever, the album is a fun listen, though to my ear it lacks energy.


Honey Power: Macrosilly

Honey Power come from that hotbed of rock and roll... Estonia. Estonia should be proud of this group.


Baby Eagle: Baby Eagle

Steve Lambke's debut album under his new alias finds him trading aggressive rock music for sensitive folk songs.


Tuesday, March 13 2007

The Roadside Graves: What Happened to Him Could Happen to Anyone

This seven-song EP aptly conveys the band's synthesis of shuffling guitars, robust harmonies, and instrumental flourishes that nod to artists like Dylan, Springsteen, and the Band.


Nanny Assis: Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow is an album of easygoing covers leavened with a few original compositions by Brazillian Nanny Assis and his friends.


The Cinematics: Break

Indie bands everywhere could be aping Molly Hatchet and Bad Co. instead of excellent '80s outfits like the Cure, Big Country, and the Chameleons UK.


Cloud Eleven: Sweet Happy Life

With his latest release, Rick Gallego has created an album that's as breezy and refreshing as a California afternoon.


Various Artists: Backwoodz Studioz presents Target Practice

A clever, if uneven, compilation designed to showcase a label's roster of talent.


Monday, March 12 2007

Lost in the Trees: Time Taunts Me

The sounds of indie rock and film scores mix and match on this debut LP.


Creeping Weeds: We Are All Part of a Dream You Are Having

The combination of dream-like surreality and blossoming indie pop is not a new one, but Philadelphia's Creeping Weeds get the mix of wistful dislocation, gentle melancholy, and jangling, enveloping melodies just right.


Anja Garbarek: Angel-A

Angel-A is the soundtrack to a Luc Besson film that has yet to make it over to this side of the Atlantic.  The film


Fair to Midland: The Drawn and Quartered EP

Will signing to Serj Tankian's label be the big break for local Texas faves Fair to Midland?


Jeremy: Made in France

Jeremy Morris is power pop. If you looked up in the dictionary for the term you would see him.


Sunday, March 11 2007

Do Make Say Think: You, Youre a History in Rust

Do Make Say Think's albums are full of glorious anthems to the inexplicable.


Woods: At Rear House

A musical ensemble must possess tremendous collective talent in order to sound rough and untutored without being trite or annoying. The new Woods CD, At


Politic Live: Adaptation

Why "preachy" works for some artists, and how a bumpin' album can make you feel like Don Cornelius.


Maps: Start Something

Based in Northampton, Maps is the one-man-band of one James Chapman, a fellow who writes pop songs with an electronic bent.  His press materials


Popup: Chinese Burn/Stagecoach

Far more hyper than Franz Ferdinand or Sons and Daughters, Popup have more in common with Arctic Monkeys.


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