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Tuesday, April 24 2007

Kenny Werner: Lawn Chair Society

Lawn Chair Society represents the next wave of experimentation -- it’s not far out, and all the musicians are bop guys. The creativity resides in the electronic acoustic.


Deviants of Reality: Love, Sex, and Situation

Deviants of Reality are a duo consisting of DJ Alex J. and Udig the Mental, hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, and whose sophomore release,


Slaine: The White Man is the Devil Volume 2: Citizen Caine

Slaine is like the rap equivalent of Leonardo Dicaprio’s Southie-raised undercover cop from Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Born in working class Dorchester, Slaine


Monday, April 23 2007

The Go Find: Stars on the Wall

This perfectly amalgamated Morr Music band's sophomore album is mopey yet pleasant, Post Service-sounding indie pop.


Paper Airplanes: Boyhood

They might have muddy, low-fi production values, but these prog-friendly indie rockers don't let that stop them from thinking big.


Bright Eyes: Four Winds

“Restrained” is a word not often seen in Bright Eyes reviews, but it’s the best way to describe this new EP by Conor Oberst and friends.


The Acorn: Tin Fist

Hushed, hallowed, and at times eerie, Ottawa group the Acorn make some very impactful music.


John Reuben: Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth , the fifth studio project from Columbus, Ohio’s John Reuben, finds the rapper continuing on a path toward sonic maturity. Reuben has


Sunday, April 22 2007

Phonograph: Phonograph

Brooklyn, New York's Phonograph adeptly weave electronic sounds, ambient textures and fine layers of production together with a folk rock shuffle.


Justine Electra: Soft Rock

Australian-born, Berlin resident, Justine Electra has been a fixture on the German underground tek-house scene for the last few years.


Jenny Owen Youngs: Batten the Hatches

Jenny Owen Youngs has a different musical take on things, and it's a very refreshing one.


Frivolous: Midnight Black Indulgence

Seemingly as unsure of what it's trying to accomplish as we are of what to do with it.


Various Artists: Bargrooves Black Vol. 2

The second installment of the Bargrooves Black establishes early on an entirely conventional "groove" sound – soul-infused, low-tempo House seasoned with varying degrees of electro, disco, tech. You know, the usual.


Thursday, April 19 2007

All Smiles: Ten Readings of a Warning

All Smiles' album stimulates something less like "all smiles" and more like "partial heartbreak".


The Saturday Knights: The Saturday Knights

Rumor has it there's a band in Seattle, Washington with a smooth hip-hop flow backed by face-melting guitars. Truth is, it's not just a rumor.


Escape the Floodwater Jug Band: Whiskey Will Fix It!

Iowa-based jug band go back to the banjo and washboard-driven music of the Hoover administration for inspiration on their debut.


Chateau Flight: Les Vampires

Even divorced from the images they accompany, this 40-minute work stands on its own remarkably well, smartly jettisoning aside the notions of both the pop song and tension-filled cinematic score to create a moody, distinct electronic work.


Tigers & Monkeys: Loose Mouth

When Tigers & Monkeys stick to their strengths, the album seems to breeze by rapidly.


Wednesday, April 18 2007

Alex Delivery: Star Destroyer

Alex Delivery's sonic melodies and space-age beats offer plenty of surprises and pleasant digressions; sort of like a more coherent Fiery Furnaces.


Manic: Floor Boards

Manic, a new L.A. band, show us their colours early on their debut EP, Floorboards.


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