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Atomic Swindlers: Intergalactic Lesbian Love Songs

Glam rock laced with obscure super hero references and sapphic celebration, anyone? Yes, please. But don't get too hung up on the sci-fi sex trappings. At the radioactive core of Atomic Swindlers is a solid rock band that doesn't require gimmicks.

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A Little All Over the Place

Matt Joynt of Anathallo talks about the band's unusual journey to its finest work to date, Floating World.

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Mary Timony + Tralala

While the Black Cat's backstage is more unfinished basement than concert venue, the right artist can bring the room's aesthetic to life. Of course, not every artist is the one.

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Bellini: Small Stones

Small Stones manages to offer more than most records twice its length. It is a beautiful marriage of melody and dissonance.

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Bedsit Poets: Summer that Changed

Sleepy melodies and Dreamy lyrics. If there is an album of lullabies for adults, this may be it

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Star Wars Marathon

A Descent into Imperial madness.

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Statistics: Often Lie

A solid, yet somewhat innocuous outing from Desaparecidos cofounder Denver Dalley.

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Ambulance, Ltd + We Are Scientists

Scientists suggested and medically proven: no amount of energy can cure a slow burning crowd...

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Death Cab For Cutie + Stars

It showed on their faces and echoed through the rafters: for many, this show was more sacred than church, more meaningful than a homily.

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Minus the Bear: Menos el Oso

Minus the Bear has grown up... sort of. At lest they're not singing songs about kicking it like donkeys.

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Stellastarr* + Giant Drag + Cedars

Rock 'n' roll and stolen cars: those were the night's bookends. But first, the rock 'n' roll...

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Meredith Bragg and the Terminals: Volume 1

It may not be the most challenging record you will hear this year, but it has a kindness and charm that is hard to resist.

Dave Brecheisen
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Great Lake Swimmers: Bodies and Minds

Bodies and Minds breathes with the emotion of Dekker's voice and pulses with the subtle beauty of his sparse acoustic arrangements. This album deserves a broad audience and Dekker deserves mention with Sam Beam as today's most lauded singer-songwriters.

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Ponies in the Surf

These powerfully quiet traditionalists perform folk songs with a pan-American touch. It's only a shame that music this delicate and warm doesn't garner more notice.

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Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

Gone are the redeeming qualities that made Jagged Little Pill a definitive album. In their stead is a collection of songs rehashed and dandified by an artist content to drag her legacy through the mud.

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Open Optimism: Interview with British Sea Power

British Sea Power guitarist Noble takes us through the in(sides) and out(sides) of recording an album.

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Fountains of Wayne: Out of State Plates

Two CDs worth of Fountains of Wayne that, although you may not need to hear, you probably should. Why wouldn't you want to listen to this band's version of Max Martin's smash hit, '...Baby, One More Time?'"

Dave Brecheisen
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Audioslave: Out of Exile

Audioslave are back and still making music that doesn't live up to expectations. Still, they are not without hope.

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Mercury Rev: The Secret Migration

This sixth album from Mercury Rev is the band's best and most lucid outing to date. The Secret Migration is pure psychedelic pop bliss.

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Various Artists: Live at Continental: Best of NYC - Volumes 1 and 2

In a time when rock clubs are failing or being shut down faster than they can be reopened, clubs like the Continental are becoming more and more important. Captured here are 46 songs that provide a snap shot of New York's punk scene circa 1999.

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Follow the Train: The Great Disturbance

The sound cultivated here isn't the most original but the lack of irony or posturing adds an honesty that much more critically claimed bands lack.

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Ok Go

On occasion the teens did distract, holding conversations about making out and sneaking booze in the trunks of their cars.

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Various Artists: Burn to Shine: Washington DC 01.14.2004 [DVD]

A snapshot of Washington, DC's music scene on a particular day in 2004. Ted Leo, Ian MacKaye, Bob Mould and others give intimate performances in an empty house soon to be burnt to the ground.

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The A-Sides: Hello, Hello

The A-Sides have taken the melodies that were undeniable in the '60s and recast them in a way that, although isn't terribly unique, is terribly catchy.

Dave Brecheisen

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