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Dolly Varden: The Panic Bell

On The Panic Bell, Dolly Varden try to make you feel sad, but mostly just leave you disappointed.

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17 Apr 2007 // 11:05 PM

High Priest: Born Identity

Life post-Antipop Consortium has been a trudge through the underground for each member.

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Autonym: Shall We Skip to Excessive Celebration?

This album is only 14:36 long so this review will be very short, it’d probably be longer if I had read the 200-page novel that

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17 Apr 2007 // 11:03 PM

Lou Barlow: Mirror the Eye

The task of entering the Lou Barlow catalog over 20 years since it began seems as daunting and perilous as an assault on K2.

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The Snake The Cross The Crown: Cotton Teeth

The Snake The Cross The Crown is a talented group, but Cotton Teeth just doesn't have the musical depth it needs to compete in an oversaturated indie market.

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17 Apr 2007 // 11:01 PM

Brandon Butler: Lucky Thumbs

Brandon Butler has seemingly grown up a bit, ditching the wails for the jangles of roots rock tunes that could be found on any decent Mellencamp album.

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Brother Ali: The Undisputed Truth

The Twin Cities’ earnest, Muslim, albino rapper is back with his long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed Shadows on the Sun, and he brought some baggage with him.

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The Besnard Lakes: The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse

The second album from Montreal post-rock group the Besnard Lakes dazzles with inventiveness and grandeur.

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17 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Scruffs: Pop Manifesto

Thirty years after their revered power pop debut, Wanna Meet the Scruffs?, the Scruffs return with an admirable, adventurous effort worthy of their legacy.

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The Town Criers: Live in San Francisco

This record would only be of interest for those with a particular affection for early '60s popular folk or Balin fanatics.

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Not Breathing: The Black Old Pueblo

Not Breathing's seventh full-length is an album whose gaudy, messy oversaturation is perhaps both its apparent weakness, and hidden strength.

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17 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Marques Houston: Veteran

Now in his mid-20s, it’s hard to say whether Houston will ever develop the singular personality that will elevate his career to the next level of hitmaker status.

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Michael Penn: Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947; Palms and Runes, Tarot and Tea

Returning to the scene of the crime, where Alfred Hitchock and Ian Fleming joined the Beatles for a love-letter-writing session.

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17 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Eames Era: Heroes and Sheroes

New addition to indie scene the Eames Era brings a whole lot of infectious twee-pop in their charismatic second album, Heroes and Sheroes.

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16 Apr 2007 // 11:05 PM

Deerhunter: Fluorescent Grey

Deerhunter's aptly titled Kranky debut Cryptograms earns its name moving from murky swamps of feedback and delay into shimmering swirls of crystalline hooks.

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Connie Price & the Keystones vs. Big Daddy Kane and Percee P: Give a Demonstration, Part 2

Golden era emcees meet new school funk band.

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Mando Diao: Long Before Rock N Roll

Mando Diao definitely have something going for them with a grab bag of garage rock and tight Brit-pop on the head-bobbing title track of this single.

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16 Apr 2007 // 11:01 PM

Krypteria: Bloodangels Cry

Krypteria are followers, and third, even fourth-rate ones at that.

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16 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Mary Weiss: Dangerous Game

Shangri-Las front-woman returns after 40-year absence from music. The music's excellent, her voice has held up... but what has she learned in the last 40 years?

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Land of Talk: Applause Cheer Boo Hiss

Montreal has become, in some ways, a massive enclave of indie bands where buzz-worthy artists come out, seemingly, everyday.

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