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Bloc Party | Four Men, One Stage, Many Fans

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Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 16 January 2013 15:16

prof blocparty-75Although it can differ in the reaction for some songs, I think there's a core thing that happens that we're fairly familiar with.

 

Willy Mason | Don’t Stop Now (Communion)

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Written by Mandy Jordan Tuesday, 15 January 2013 22:11

willymason cant_75Like any respectable music nerd, I bought his debut full-length album at the merch table after the show and played it on repeat for the better part of three weeks.

   

The Walkmen | Bigger and Buzzier

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Written by Brett Berliner Tuesday, 15 January 2013 21:46

thewalkmen 75They’ve spent time in England and Spain, and even visited the titular Lisbon for a show.

 

V/A | West of Memphis: Voices for Justice (Legacy)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 13 January 2013 21:16

WOM 500The highest praise I can offer for this album is this: It does justice to its cause.

   

Jenny O. | Automechanic (Holy Trinity)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:28

cd jenny oListening to the record makes me think of the ’70s, of the singers who had decent voices but managed to get more attention because of how they used them.

 

Bettie Serveert | Oh, Mayhem! (Palomine)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:25

cd betty serveertThe Dutch group manages to keep an American appeal over time and deserves more than a quick glance or overlook

   

Yo La Tengo | Fade (Matador)

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Written by David Von Nordheim Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:22

cd yo-la-tengoWith Fade, Yo La Tengo’s vision only grows brighter

 

ON AN ON | Things Can Always Get Heavy

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Written by David Von Nordheim Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:18

prof on-an-on_smWe’ve done a lot of touring, and with ON AN ON we’re pretty fresh, so it’s definitely the most fun thing we’ve been able to do.

 

   

Revisiting Christmas | Three CD Reviews

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 17 December 2012 14:44

Christmas With_The_Rat_Pack-1-200-200-100-cropIf you’re a fan of the Rat Pack vocalists and the period and don’t already have a Christmas album by them, this one is a fine choice.

 

Art Garfunkel | The Singer (Sony Legacy)

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 07 December 2012 14:42

garfunkel thesingerThe crown jewel in this collection is the disc-two track "I Wonder Why," a duet with the late, great Kenny Rankin.

   

Communist Daughter | 12.13.12

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Written by Janet Rhoads Friday, 07 December 2012 14:38

prev communist-daughterI may have to restrain myself from rushing the stage and hugging them for making such good music.

 

We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash (Legacy, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 02 December 2012 11:05

dvd walk-the-lineAn all-star crew of musicians throw Cash the kind of party you know he would have appreciated.

   

Stevie Jackson | (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson (Banchory Recordings)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 30 November 2012 16:37

Best known as “the other songwriter” in Belle & Sebastian and the lead guitarist for the recently reunited Vaselines, Stevie Jackson finally claims the spotlight with his first solo album.

 

Mission of Burma | Unsound (Fire Records)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 30 November 2012 09:36

Does all of this experimentation sound off-putting? You’d think so, wouldn’t you? And yet, oddly, it isn’t.

 

   

Doug Stanhope| Before Turning the Gun on Himself (Roadrunner)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Monday, 26 November 2012 09:28

stanhope sqPerhaps his self-proclaimed apathy these days is what allows his humor to be so honest.

 

Kelly Clarkson | Greatest Hits, Chapter One (RCA)

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Written by Jim Campbell Monday, 26 November 2012 08:46

kelly sqThey say you never forget your first. Kelly Clarkson was the first person to win American Idol way back in 2002, and is still as fresh and relevant as she was then.

   

Yowie | Damning with Faint Praise (Skin Graft)

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Written by Brian Cheli Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:34

yowie damningThis St. Louis trio come together and work as one sporadic, yet deceivingly well-oiled machine.

 

Paul Simon | Live in New York City (Hear Music/Concord Music Group)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:27

paulsimon livenycHe’s completely at home on stage and looks like he’s ready to continue performing for another 40 years or so.

   

Autumn Owls | Between Buildings, Toward the Sea (PledgeMusic)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 15 November 2012 20:49

cd autumn-owlsGary McFarlane's voice is yearning, understated, and wholly captivating, the music continually making sharp jabs and jags.

 

The Babies | Our House on the Hill (Woodsist)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Sunday, 11 November 2012 21:09

cd babiesThe album might not be anything particularly new or overly creative, but it is a really solid example of what indie rock is and should be.

   

Frightened Rabbit | State Hospital EP (Canvasback/Atlantic)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:28

cd frightened rabbit-epDespite its brevity, the EP delivers a walloping reminder of why this band deserves to be at the top of playlists everywhere.

 

Noah Sias | We Say Goodnight to the Restless Mind

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Written by Joshua Vise Sunday, 04 November 2012 17:41

Noah-Sias-2How you interact defines your integrity over time.

   

Nina Sky | More than Reggaeton Duo

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Written by Kristyn Potter Sunday, 04 November 2012 17:26

nicnat 75It’s amazing to have had that success but we’re not trying to re-create what happened with “Move Your Body.”

 

Morning Parade | s/t (Astralwerks/EMI)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 November 2012 19:57

morningparade 75It’s everything you want it to be: beautiful, upbeat, reflective, and rollicking—but in an indie rock sort of way.

   

Placebo | B3 (UMe)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 November 2012 19:50

placebo-b3ep-300x300It is here where Stefan Olsdal really shines, reminding us why he deserves a place among guitar’s elite.

 

Dum Dum Girls | End of Daze EP (Sub Pop)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:44

cd dum-dum-girlsThe EP is full of heavy bass lines and meaningless, overwhelming vocals that never seem to fit.

   

Ben Folds Five | The Sound of the Life of the Mind (ImaVeePee/Sony)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:38

cd ben-folds-fiveThis record was made for fans, not for anyone else.

 

Slim Twig | A Hound at the Hem (Calico Corp/Pleasance)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:35

cd slim-twigOn the first listen, I knew this was the album I have been waiting for all year.

   

Flying Lotus | Until the Quiet Comes (Warp)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:30

cd flying-lotusSteve Ellison has been making music for years, so there is no surprise that he has perfected the art.

 

The Sword | Apocryphon (Razor and Tie)

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Written by Brian Cheli Saturday, 27 October 2012 22:43

The-Sword-ApocryphonI get the feeling that they were angry when they wrote and pretty much busted it out in one recording.

   

Kung Fu Crimewave | Family Band

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Written by Kristyn Potter Saturday, 27 October 2012 21:50

prof KFCW_75“The shit we talk about has dark overtones.”

 

Sleigh Bells | Derek Miller Doesn't Mean to Blow Your Speakers

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Written by Brian Cheli Friday, 26 October 2012 12:14

prof sleigh-bells_75Sleigh Bells are in the spotlight, and they don't plan on leaving any time soon.

   

Minus the Bear | Always a Good Date

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 26 October 2012 12:09

 

prof minus_75Minus the Bear happened so organically, and all five of us have the same vision and we want to keep doing this as long as we can.

 

Cursive’s Tim Kasher | Letting Songs Breathe

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 26 October 2012 12:02

prof cursive_75I hear most of the differences there, in the drumming. I hear simplicity.

   

Jackson Browne | 11.03.12

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Written by Michelle Ulsohn Thursday, 25 October 2012 18:42

jackson browne 75The all-acoustic show will encompass Browne's entire extensive body of work through both the piano and the guitar.

 

The Sea and Cake | 10.28.12

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Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 24 October 2012 20:29

"It was fascinating to hand over almost complete works and have the other members of the band have at it, rip up, reconfigure, reconsider. Just when I felt I couldn’t go further on a song, someone in the band would change it forever."

 

   

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