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Deerhoof | We Do Parties (Polyvinyl Records)

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Written by Brian Cheli Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:21

WeDoPartiesDeerhoofIn their most recent EP, Deerhoof delivers a collection of tracks that blends synthetic sounds with a wide array of possible interpretations.

 

 

 

Iggy and The Stooges | Ready To Die (Fat Possum)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Saturday, 06 April 2013 00:00

readytodieIggy Pop and the Stooges delivers an album that combines Raw Power’s protopunk mastery with the addition of a sophistication befitting songs crafted by much more world-weary men.

 

 

   

London Suede | Bloodsports (Suede LTD/Fontana)

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Written by Mike Rengel Sunday, 24 March 2013 15:09

suede blood_sqBrett Anderson isn’t shy about his trademark romantic, druggy, sexual, often utterly ridiculous yet charming turns of phrases, both old and new.

 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club | Specter at the Feast (Abstract Dragon/Vagrant)

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Written by Mike Koehler Sunday, 24 March 2013 13:05

cd brmcTheir songs are no less powerful or intense, just no longer at a rocket’s pace.

   

Hayden’s Not Dead | A Rare Chat About Music, Touring, and Fatherhood

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Written by Glen Elkins Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:05

prof hayden_75Funny thing is, I can’t remember a single Hayden song that makes him sound brave.

 

Billy Bragg | Tooth & Nail (Cooking Vinyl)

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Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:51

cd billy-braggAge is giving Bragg's voice a more wizened, powerful tone that is heartfelt and works so wonderfully with this style of music.

   

The View | Reasonably Cheeky

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 18 March 2013 11:08

theview cheekyBest single at the NME awards 2007—it was a great year for guitar music.

 

Pinback | Band of Mystery

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Written by Jennifer Metzler Sunday, 17 March 2013 11:49

pinback 75Not everyone has this thing where they just want to find out and archive every weird, random band or album in the world, or find out more.

   

Avant | Face the Music (Capitol/EMI/Mo-B Entertainment)

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Written by Ashley White Sunday, 17 March 2013 11:18

avant face_75His vocals are like velvet interlaced through the beat.

 

Kentucky Knife Fight | To the Fans

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Written by Justin Thompson Thursday, 14 March 2013 20:34

prof KKF_sm“You can be the best bass player in the world, but if I want to kill you as a person, I don’t really care what you can do with your instrument.”

   

Milo Greene | Delicious Things at Every Turn

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Written by Janet Rhoads Thursday, 14 March 2013 20:26

prof milo-greene_sm“Vegan chicken and waffles for me; normal chicken and waffles for the rest of the band. With serious syrup.”

 

The Cave Singers | Cold Lamping

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Written by Janet Rhoads Tuesday, 12 March 2013 21:29

cavesingers 75Naomi is either everything or nothing. She is a holy waitress of the cosmos.

   

Japan Nite US Tour | 03.14-24.13

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 12 March 2013 19:40

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

 

 

Devon Allman | Making His Own Magic Bubble

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Written by Marsha Buehler Sunday, 10 March 2013 16:45

turqouise 75People that want to do music, be a celebrity or become a “rock star” really need to go to work at FedEx immediately.

   

Animal Collective | More than Studying Rocks

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Written by Brian Cheli Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:23

animalcollective 75The records that feature all four of us tend to be the most challenging when listening through all the different parts and noticing the little nuances.

 

Nothing Set in Stone | Carrying the Torch

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 06 March 2013 21:15

NSINSTONE 75All bands who’ve experienced any level of success can attest that it’s persistence and hard work, rather than luck, that allows them to navigate the bad times on the way to the good.

   

Shuggie Otis | Inspiration Information/Wings of Love (Epic/Legacy)

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 01 March 2013 15:53

cd shuggie-otisFrom the first bar of the opening title track, you’re in the park early in the summer, daydreaming with your lover and looking for shapes in the clouds.

 

Iceage | You're Nothing (Matador)

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Written by David Von Nordheim Sunday, 17 February 2013 20:56

iceage yourenothingEach track careens into the next with breakneck abandon, giving listeners precious little time to steel themselves for the next sonic thrashing.

   

Matt & Kim | Ugly Glasses and Breastfeeding Infants

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Written by Jenn Metzler Sunday, 17 February 2013 20:48

prof matt-kim_75We like having that dark stuff going on lyrically while we have fun and upbeat music behind it.

 

Samantha Crain | Translating the Untranslatable

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Written by Janet Rhoads Monday, 11 February 2013 20:42

samcrain 72“I’m definitely not one of those people who thinks out music; it’s more of an emotional response for me.”

   

Various Artists | 2013 Grammy Nominees (Capitol Records/The Recording Academy)

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Written by Ashley White Monday, 11 February 2013 20:32

grammy2013 sqListening to each of the 22 songs, I understand what makes music so indicative of how we are all connected and just why each of these artists should be recognized for their achievements.

 

Helloween | Straight Out of Hell (The End)

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Written by Jim Ousley Tuesday, 05 February 2013 21:54

helloween straight_sqHelloween makes no secret of its love for keyboards to add mood and subtext, and they’re put to effective use.

   

Midian | Midian EP (AOL Music)

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Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 05 February 2013 21:49

Midian.170x170-75It’s easy to see that Midian appreciates the craft of being an artist and knows the sound she wants for herself.

 

dada | Their Light Is Anything but Dim

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 05 February 2013 21:26

prof dada_75“When you’re starting out and you’re just a kid, 20 years seems like an impossibly long time.”

   

Kevin Renick | Under the Wishing Tree (s/r)

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Written by janet m Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:38

wishingtreeThere’s an air of serenity that surrounds the entire album.

 

Matt Pond | Falling Off a Cliff…Happily

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Written by Janet Rhoads Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:16

mattpond13 sqJanet Rhoads caught Matt Pond when his solo album dropped in March; now it’s your turn to catch him at Firebird July 1.

   

Kishi Bashi | One Time, One Meeting

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Written by Janet Rhoads Thursday, 31 January 2013 20:51

kishibashi 75It’s just one album in your lengthy career, but it is important to just keep releasing material.

 

Adam Ant | Adam Ant the Blueblack Hussar Is Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter (Blueblack Hussar)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 31 January 2013 18:20

cd adam-ant_75I’m incredibly happy—for you and me both—that you’re making music again, and that Blueblack Hussar is as good as it is.

   

Oliver | Mechanical EP (Fool’s Gold)

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Written by Brian Cheli Saturday, 26 January 2013 12:42

oliver 75When the light turns green, you don’t blast down the road, because you’re just chill as shit right now.

 

Dropkick Murphys | Signed and Sealed in Blood (Born & Bred)

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Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:00

dropkick-murphys-signed-and-sealed-in-bloodI can only hope that my wake will be this festive.

   

The Indians | Somewhere Else (4AD)

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Written by David Von Nordheim Sunday, 20 January 2013 15:25

cd indiansSomewhere Else is simply a serviceable patch of electronic wallpaper, lacking anything original or interesting in its production, compositions, or subject matter.

 

Patti LuPone | Far Away Places: Live at 54 BELOW (Broadway)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:55

lupone 54belowIf you’re a Patti LuPone fan, or if you just appreciate great singing, you need this album.

   

Free Energy | Love Sign (Free People)

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Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:13

Free-Energy-Love-Sign-125x125This is an album about fun, summer, good times with your friends, and girls.

 

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.

   

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