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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."

 

   

Choir of Young Believers

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Written by Kristyn Potter Saturday, 20 October 2012 18:07

coyb sqMy only thing, my only focus I’ve been doing and thinking about, has been playing and writing and listening to music

 

V/A | Best of Bond…James Bond (Capitol/EMI)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 18 October 2012 15:49

bond sqIn honor of the 50th anniversary of the Bond film franchise, EMI is releasing a 50-track collection that includes the theme songs from all 22 Bond themes, plus the Bond theme and incidental music songs heard in many of the films.

   

YACHT | Transcending Culture

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Written by Kristyn Potter Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:04

YACHT sqWe don’t really have any interest in CMJ or the engines of music-industry hype mixers.

 

BRAINSTORM | Relationship, or Band?

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Written by Kristyn Potter Wednesday, 17 October 2012 10:23

brainstorm sqWe write songs that are fun for us to play with melodies we like to sing.

   

PINK | The Truth About Love (RCA)

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Written by Ashley White Friday, 12 October 2012 20:10


pink truthaboutPink really chronicles her marriage with every tune: the cloud nine feeling, the heartbreak, and the forgiveness.

 

Bronze Radio Return | Wonder No More

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Friday, 12 October 2012 20:01

bronzeradio sq“It’s really about connecting with people.”

   

Muse |The 2nd Law (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Brian Cheli Friday, 12 October 2012 15:39

muse 2ndlawAs we all know, Bellamy’s goal in life is to become Freddie Mercury.

 

Robert DeLong | Existential Whiz Kid

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Written by Kristyn Potter Saturday, 06 October 2012 12:56

prof robert-delong_75According to his Facebook page, Robert DeLong is “shorter than Conan but taller than Daniel Radcliffe.”

   

Icona Pop | Iconic EP (Big Beat)

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Written by Kristyn Potter Wednesday, 03 October 2012 19:06

cd icona-popThe lyrics are something Santigold could’ve written herself, with a playground-pop feel.

 

Circle Jerks | My Career as a Jerk (MVD Visual)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Wednesday, 03 October 2012 18:54

dvd circle-jerksThe film feels less like a biopic and more like a conversational exploration into the band members’ personal histories.

   

A.C. Newman | Shut Down the Streets (Matador)

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Written by Justin Thompson Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:41

ole-992 a.c._newman_shut_down_the_streets-51703_200x200The greatness of music comes from the quality of songwriting and how it affects you.

 

CMJ Music Marathon 2012 | Preview

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Written by Kristyn Potter Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:14

cmj sqThis is largely considered to be the place to discover new artists.

   

Black Moth Super Rainbow | Cobra Juicy (s/r)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Friday, 28 September 2012 07:59

CD black-mothIt seems like the perfect song for the drive home after a long night out—or, better yet, the walk home.

 

Sinkane | Mars (DFA)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Friday, 28 September 2012 07:57

cd sinkaneIt has the right amount of everything, and not too much of anything.

   

Jens Lekman | I Know What Love Isn’t (Secretly Canadian)

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Written by Mike Rengel Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:30

cd jens-lekmanThe album conveys an air of grace and honesty that can catch you completely off guard.

 

 

Richard Hawley | Standing at the Sky’s Edge (Parlaphone)

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Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:47

hawley standingHis songs are really good to sit and relax to while enjoying generous amounts of bourbon.

   

First Aid Kit | 10.06.12

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Written by Janet Rhoads Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:30

firstaidkit 100If you don’t want to go listen to a band that brought Patti-freaking-Smith to tears, then I just don’t know what to do with you.

 

Matthew Sweet | Does He Talk?

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Written by Erin Jameson Wednesday, 19 September 2012 19:16

The paragon of power-pop brought the 20th anniversary tour for his biggest hit, Girlfriend, back to St. Louis for one more go-round.

   

Generationals | Lucky Numbers EP (s/r)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Monday, 17 September 2012 22:00

generationals luckyGenerationals manipulate traditionally mundane pop sounds with that of apathetic vocals and gritty guitars.

 

Ben Gibbard | Former Lives (Barsuk)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Monday, 17 September 2012 21:19

gibbard foreverI really wanted to love this record, but I don’t. I don’t think a lot of people will love it, either.

   

Mount Eerie | Ocean Roar (P.W. Elvrum & Sun, L.T.D.)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Tuesday, 11 September 2012 07:25

Mount-Eerie-Ocean-RoarYou are led, from place to place, with no real sense of consciousness, while vocals suggest dreaming and field recordings; it is really almost like a dream.

 

Wild Nothing | Nocturne (Captured Tracks)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Tuesday, 11 September 2012 07:19

wn nocturneLet me start by saying Nocturne is not a terrible record, but it is not a great record.

   

Robyn | Body Talk (Interscope)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 05 September 2012 20:37

body-talk-pt1-animatedShe takes you to the drawing canvas, paints out every single detail about the relationship; if you haven’t experienced it, you feel like you have, but in an energetic, feel-good way.

 

An Under Cover Weekend | 09.07-08.12

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Written by Janet Rhoads Friday, 31 August 2012 16:06


aucw-logo 75Right in our own city, there are bands that write their own songs, and are as good as, if not better than, what is normally heard on commercial radio.

 

   

Focus the Truth: “As the Horn Blows”

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Written by Kristyn Potter Friday, 31 August 2012 15:35

focusthetruthLondon-based artist Focus the Truth puts the “real” back into hip-hop.

 

Paul Simon | Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition (Sony Legacy)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 31 August 2012 14:30

graceland2012I love the African sounds, but Simon’s voice and lyrics seem tacked on, with him taking a free ride on the talent of more talented musicians.

   

Minus the Bear | Infinity Overhead (Dangerbird)

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 31 August 2012 12:16

cd minus-infinityThe quintet has an impeccable way of mixing dark and light sounds and subject matter.

 

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen | Nine Lives, and Counting

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Written by Jim Ousley Thursday, 23 August 2012 09:21

prof def-leppard_75You try and explain albums to younger people and they’re like, “No, we don’t get that.” It’s really about a time and a place.

   

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