Bryan Scary | Daffy’s Elixir (Paper Garden)

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Written by Dean Asher Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:02

cd bryan-scarySome tracks feel like they float out from behind a saloon’s swinging doors into the dusty night.



Cataldo | Precocious Situations

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 02 March 2012 17:49

"Whatever subtle musical thing you worked on doesn’t translate when you’re a solo act, but a refined rock act is a mighty thing that you can’t ignore."


The White Rabbits | Letting Go and Grabbing Hold

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Written by Kyle Green Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:21

prof white-rabbits sm-textI asked Stephen to describe the way they are recreating live the very sonic and layered sounds from the album. He told me simply that it is a “secret.”


The Rainmakers | Preview: 03.09.12

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Written by Michele Ulsohn Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:08

prev rainmakers 75Writer Stephen King became a fan and even quoted Rainmakers’ lyrics in two of his novels.


EMA, Mickey and Mallory

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Written by Alex Schreiber Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:47

Don’t let the six foot beauty’s relentlessly personal music unnerve you: She’s actually quite hilarious, which you will see in this interview and hear in her music.


The Mary Onettes | Love Forever EP (Labrador)

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Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:49


cd mary-onettes_love-foreveThis is a band that might cloak themselves in bedsit miserablism and Nordic chill and imagery, but mostly they just want to forge a deeper connection


V/A | Minnesota Beatles Project vol. 3 (Pretty Good Goods)

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:45

cd minn-beatlesHalf of the album is packed with highly entertaining and original takes on Beatles tunes.



iLLPHONiCS | Reality Check EP (s/r)

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Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:41

cd illphonics“Sound: Check” created the perfect balance for all of the instruments from the keyboard to the bass and guitar to the drums, so rightly appropriate for the closing of this EP.


Griffin House | Live to be Free

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Tuesday, 21 February 2012 00:05

prof griffin-house_75"I feel like I'm done hiding out."


Underworld | 1992-2012 (The Anthology); A Collection (COOFC)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 17 February 2012 14:14


cd underworld_75The British house-trance-techno duo is gracing our speakers yet again with not one but two career retrospectives, released concurrently.


Matthew Good | Have Guitar, Will Travel

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 17 February 2012 14:11


prev matt-good_smThis tour features just Good and his guitar, but his brilliance is visible in any form.


MUTEMATH | Souls in Focus

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 17 February 2012 14:00


prof mutemath_smI have this sort of picture what’s going on in the show. I want the sound, the look to be what’s in our imagination at the time.


Michael Kiwanuka | Home Again (Cherrytree/Interscope)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:22


cd Michael-KiwanukaI want more than soulful vocals over acoustic instruments.


Gary Numan | Dead Son Rising (RED Distribution)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 10 February 2012 17:12

cd gary-numan“The Fall” could easily be a single on alternative radio today; drawing NIN comparisons, it’s a strong display of Numan’s still-apparent talents.


Mike Doughty | The Question Jar (Snack Bar/Megaforce)

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 10 February 2012 13:02


cd Mike-DoughtyWhile it may be easy to toss aside an album upon hearing that it’s “just some guy playing an acoustic guitar,” this is Mike Doughty.


The Dustbowl Revival | Holy Ghost Station (s/r)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 February 2012 13:00


cd dustbowl-revivalThey make good use of a wide range of instruments so that each song has a distinctively different sound.


Foxy Shazam | The Church of Rock and Roll (I.R.S.)

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Written by Kyle Green Wednesday, 01 February 2012 13:04

cd foxy-shazamInfluences aside, The Church of Rock and Roll is all Foxy Shazam, with big guitars, piano, trumpets, and the wailing tenor and falsetto Nally is known for.


Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection (Legacy)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 01 February 2012 12:20

cd phil-spector

Some of the songs in this collection are well-known—”Chapel of Love,” “Be My Baby,” “He’s a Rebel,” and “Da Doo Ron Ron” among them—but the real appeal is the more obscure selections


Johnny Cash | Bootleg III – LIVE Around the World (Columbia/Legacy)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 01 February 2012 12:17


cd johnny-cash-bootleg-iiiThe variety provided by the different contexts (besides changes in the band lineup, the reactions of the audience can’t help but influence the performance) make this album worth having.




The Sages | Mining the Past and Leading the Future

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 01 February 2012 11:49

prof sages_smWhen I ask Weinstock who else he favors on the four-string, he asks, “Have you ever heard of Jaco Pastorious? He’s amazing.” How many other 15 year olds are even aware of the late jazz bass pioneer?


Andy Grammer | Incredible Things

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 30 January 2012 19:10

"I've always known that I wanted to be on stage and make people happy."


Ryan Star | Underdog Rockstar

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 30 January 2012 08:26

"I think what wins at the end of the day is authenticity"


Old 97's | Let the Idiot Speak

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Friday, 27 January 2012 18:21

The ability to write and release great music is one of the mainstays of Old 97’s.


Railroad Earth | They Get Around

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Tuesday, 24 January 2012 20:47

"There’s immediacy to playing live and there’s no other experience like it."


Allen Stone | Opinion, Not Judgment

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Written by Alex Schreiber Thursday, 19 January 2012 12:02

prof allen-stone smEverybody does have the right to have an opinion, don’t get me wrong, but a lot of people ignorantly speak that opinion and promote that opinion.


Jack's Mannequin | Cold Weather Warrior

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 16 January 2012 19:39

prof jacks-mannequin_sm“It's a love/hate relationship, sometimes, me and music.”


Mike Acerbo | The Search (self-released)

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Written by Mike Koehler Friday, 13 January 2012 13:28


cd mike-acerboThere are a lot of very good things going on here; there are some clear misses, as well.


The Big Pink | Future This (4AD)

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Written by Kyle Green Friday, 13 January 2012 13:26


cd big-pinkOffering music that is sonic, melodic, and ambient all at the same time, this duo is on the path to stardom.



Total Babes | Swimming Through Sunlight (Old Flame)

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Written by Alex Schreiber Friday, 13 January 2012 13:21

cd total-babesThe final three songs are the highlights of the album; those prior are all good individual tracks, but they do sort of blend when put together.


MuteMath | Odd Soul (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 22 December 2011 12:19


cd mutemath_odd-soulA full 13 songs long (nothing new for the band; Armistice, by comparison, was 15), Odd Soul is a rather stark departure that works beautifully.



Kate Bush | 50 Words for Snow (Fish People)

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Written by Jeffrey Ricker Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:27

cd kate-bushA concept album consisting of seven songs swirling around the theme of winter, 50 Words for Snow was clearly not created with a concern for airplay in mind.


Tom Waits | Bad as Me (Anti-)

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Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 19 December 2011 11:26

cd Tom-WaitsYou already know more or less what to expect; Tom Waits records are always good.


Cloud Cult | Be Honest and Genuine and Don’t Feign Anything at All

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Thursday, 15 December 2011 13:09

prof cloud-cult_75It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with the music that Craig’s written and connect with the audience and the energy of night.


The Vaccines | What Did You Expect from The Vaccines (Columbia)

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Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 15 December 2011 13:04

cd vaccinesThe Vaccines boil down the music to what’s essential, without the fat.


Josh Caterer | The Magic of Red Hots

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Monday, 12 December 2011 13:35


prof josh-caterer_75Josh Caterer and Smoking Popes have provided me with some of my favorite music of the last 13 years.


Black Lab | Unplugged (Black Lab World)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 12 December 2011 13:25


cd black-lab-unplugged_75Some artists’ acoustic re-imaginings come off as flat or repetitious, lazy efforts to release CDs without going through the efforts of writing and recording new material. Black Lab’s Unplugged most certainly does not fall into that category.


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