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The Kills | Blood Pressures (Domino)

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Written by Christopher Sewell Wednesday, 13 April 2011 12:23

Mosshart’s stint in The Dead Weather has rubbed off on her songwriting—this is a record bathed in a much darker light than previous Kills albums.

 

Bill Callahan | Apocalypse (Drag City)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 13 April 2011 09:18

Not only is it begging to be included on your next road trip playlist, it’s also one of the album’s surest portrayals of Callahan’s resonant lyrics.

   

James Blake | James Blake (Universal Republic)

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Written by Alex Schreiber Monday, 11 April 2011 21:13

James Blake has put together a unique album full of rollicking rumbles, fuzzy waves, and silent moments that make the former two all the more shattering.

 

Chris Brown | F.A.M.E (Jive)

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Written by Ashley White Monday, 11 April 2011 08:32

With an even balance of sexual confidence and emotioal love songs, this album showcases the uniqueness of Brown’s talent.

   

Saigon | Greatest Story Never Told (Suburban Noize)

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Written by Brett Berliner Tuesday, 05 April 2011 16:38

Saigon destroys all expectations by growing into a much more diverse artist, one capable of carrying an album.

 

Sara Evans | Stronger (Sony Nashville/ RCA)

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Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 05 April 2011 16:34

She lacks vocal variety and expansion; there’s nothing unique about her songs.

   

Lykke Li | Wounded Rhymes (LL/Atlantic)

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Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 05 April 2011 16:28

It’s easy to imagine Li as the Swedish version of Lisa Bonet in High Fidelity, recently spurned but still on the prowl.

 

The BEST Show! at Novak's | 4.09.11

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Written by Nicole Madden Sunday, 03 April 2011 16:17

Local musicians strut their talents during an afternoon showcase in The Grove this Saturday.

   

Plain White T's | Multi-Dimensional

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Saturday, 02 April 2011 20:15

“We do write cute love songs, but there’s a depth there that people kind of overlook.”

 

The Breaks | Free Dance Party at The Firebird

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 25 March 2011 09:22

If you know anything at all about these four fantastic acts, then you know you’re in for one killer party.

   

Iggy & the Stooges | Raw Power Live: In the Hands of the Fans (MVD Entertainment)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Thursday, 17 March 2011 08:11

They play these songs as though they are brand-new masterpieces of rock ‘n’ roll, with all the excitement and fury that made them great in the first place.

 

Japan Nite US Tour | 03.18-27.11

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 16 March 2011 16:45

A preview of this year's edition of SXSW's annual spotlight on Japan's best and brightest bands.

   

Trashcan Sinatras | In No Hurry

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 15 March 2011 14:34

It’s not like a job or anything like that; it’s just like something we’ve always done, and it’s fun.

 

Avril Lavigne | Goodbye Lullaby (RCA Records)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:11

Avril laces the album with a variety of emotions ranging from pain, to excitement, to relief, to finally appreciating and loving yourself through it all.

   

Deftones | Hold It Together

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Written by Bruce Matlock Wednesday, 09 March 2011 14:24

“We’ve never been reliant on that, we’re not the type of band with flames and pyro, but the good sound that we bring hopefully is enough.”

 

Née | The Hands of Thieves (s/r)

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Written by Braden Abbott Wednesday, 09 March 2011 11:47

There’s a bit of St. Vincent, some Jenny Lewis, some Kate Bush, yet her voice is a bit wobbly, a bit unsure.

 

   

Sick of Sarah | 3.9.11

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Written by Braden Abbott Monday, 07 March 2011 14:46

They are anxious, aggressive, self-aware and perhaps a bit fucked up, but they are grappling honestly with it on their new release 2205, and what they’ve come up with is rather magnetic.

 

Against Me! | White Crosses (Sire Records)

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Written by Nicole Madden Wednesday, 02 March 2011 22:46

One of Gainesville's best known punk bands is all grown up.

   

Toro y Moi | Underneath the Pine (Carpark Records)

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Written by Jenn Metzler Wednesday, 02 March 2011 18:54

While fairly distinguishable from 2010’s Causers of This (and the inauguration of chillwave as yet another sub-sub-sub genre), Underneath the Pine is certainly an album one can “chill” to.

 

Johnny Cash | Bootleg Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood (Sony/Legacy)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Wednesday, 02 March 2011 18:50

Some of his earliest recordings paint a picture of the soul sickness so instrumental in forming his classic hits.

   

Menomena | Juggling Numbers

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Written by Kelly Glueck Wednesday, 02 March 2011 14:42

“I’m excited to play on the same day as Kanye West. That kind of blows my mind even saying that sentence.”

 

Ra Ra Riot | Forging a Path

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Written by Kelly Glueck Wednesday, 02 March 2011 14:31

“When we first began, we never thought it would turn into what it has. We were just using our nice classical instruments at the time and we were playing these house parties.”

   

DeVotchKa | 100 Lovers (Anti-Records)

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Written by Matthew Treon Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:38

The album is laced with DeVotchKa’s signature Eastern European and Latin flourishes. But 100 Lovers has a greater sonic expansiveness than previous DeVotchKa albums and covers more territory than the band ever has before.

 

Black 47 | Bankers and Gangsters (United For Opportunity)

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:38

The album finds the band celebrating their twentieth anniversary by returning to more familiar territory, getting in the occasional political dig while concentrating most of their energy on telling stories from the streets of New York City with their patented mix of traditional Irish music and American rock n’ roll.

 

   

Iron & Wine | Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner Brothers)

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Written by Glen Elkins Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:28

The album, on this song in particular, sounds very much like Beam's recent live performances and creates a sense of "jammy" collaboration that's a logical extension of the previous record.

 

Cut Copy | Zonoscope (Modular)

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Written by Mike Rengel Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:24

Instead, what Zonoscope recalls most is the engrossing, expansive, longform progressive house and dance pop New Order and Pet Shop Boys ruled the world with in the late '80s.

   

Sonic Youth | Simon Werner a Disparu Soundtrack (Sonic Youth)

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Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:18

One thing I’ve realized is that it’s incredibly difficult to make music that is stimulating without it requiring complete attention at the same time. Sonic Youth has successfully achieved that here.

 

White Lies | Ritual (Fiction)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 17 February 2011 21:39

Ritual reveals a band more self-possessed and self-aware.

   

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail Of Dead | Tao of the Dead (Richter Scale/Superball Music)

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Written by Braden Abbott Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:07

So, not only has Keely penned one of the best hard rock albums ever, he’s introduced the sweaty twenty-somethings to Campbell’s massive theory of Myth.

 

Talib Kweli | Gutter Rainbows (101 Distribution)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 16 February 2011 21:00

Kweli’s rhymes are enjoyable, but his repetitive delivery makes the album so blah.

   

Adele | 21 (Columbia)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:51

You can really feel the struggle she’s going through with the progression of her vocals as well as the intensity of the piano accompanying her brilliantly on this track.

 

Bridges & Powerlines | Eve (Stunning Models on Display)

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Written by Mary Beth Hascall Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:46

Eve builds on the band’s love of complex pop melodies, horn and strings rhythm and funky percussion all squeezed into a tight, radio-friendly three to four-minute format.

   

Ben Ottewell | Shapes & Shadows (ATO Records)

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Written by John Shepherd Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:42

But, unfortunately, on their own Ottewell’s songs blend together, and what seems remarkable as part of a larger musical canvas ends up being disappointingly tedious.

 

Ben Ottewell | Shapes & Shadows (ATO)

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Written by Mary Beth Hascall Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:31

Fortunately, Ottewell’s music shines brightly through the harsh stage lights. Shapes & Shadows combines his forceful tenor with passionate songwriting.

   

The Memorials | 2.18.11

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Written by Justin Thompson Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:22

"We just got hella’ drunk and had all of these emotional issues going on, so we just sat up in the studio and put that shit on wax."

 

Matt Pryor | The Kids Are Alright

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Written by Alex Schreiber Monday, 14 February 2011 17:13

"Enough time had passed away from one another that we could see through the bullshit and enjoy our time together."

   

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