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Monday, May 14 2007

The Agency: Turn

Coming from the same launching pad as Seville and Dashboard Confessional, The Agency is open for business on the power punk of “Walking Disaster”.


Sunday, May 13 2007

Big Quarters: Cost of Living

Question: How can hip-hop artists "take it to the old school" but still sound fresh? The answer from Big Quarters: "Like This."


Mess Up The Mess: You Remind Me of Summer Vacation

Mess Up the Mess sound like a band whose charm would win followers in a live setting; unfortunately that energy just doesn't translate to this disc.


Lavender Diamond: Calvary of Light

A modestly unlikely Matador signing, Lavender Diamond debut with a humbly humdrum introduction.


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.


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