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The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols are back and this time it’s personal. No, really, it is. Earth to The Dandy Warhols is their first self-released album since leaving Capitol Records. Boy, I bet Capitol is kicking themselves now. Not only are The Dandys back after nearly three years but they are better than ever. This is arguably […]

J*Davey

J*Davey

Labeling: The desire to somehow define and file music in genres that are readily accessible in your neighborhood record store. Sadly, this practice is a commonly employed method used to achieve major distribution. Even more disappointing is the fact that most labels essentially equate to stereotypes. The classically futuristic emcee Q-Tip of A Tribe Called […]

Mute Math: Flesh and Bones Electric Fun

Mute Math: Flesh and Bones Electric Fun

There’s nothing like a good show—nothing like disregarding your personal space and being enveloped by a juggernaut of lights, sounds, sweat, and the ethereal newness of live music. Many of us are spending our limited, hard-earned cash on various shows and gigs, weekend cover charges, gas for road trips, and extra sticks of deodorant because […]

Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado

The Doug Fir Lounge is a log cabin. Ok, maybe not exactly a log cabin but an ultra-modern bar that has a lodge theme. In the basement of the hipster hangout slash restaurant is a blue back-lit stage about seventy feet away from a paralleled bar silhouetted on top of an orange-lit floor. The Doug […]

Kasai All Stars

Kasai All Stars

The third volume of the Congotronic series demands the listener to “play it loud.” One quickly realizes you don’t just listen. Instead, you’re swallowed whole into the cosmos. Easily matching its transcendent name, In the seventh moon, the chief turned into a swimming fish and ate the head of his enemy by magic casts an […]

Monte Negro

Monte Negro

Monte Negro has roots in the punk band Anima, as vocalist, Kinski Gallo, and his bassist brother, Rodax, were each members of that act, which has been described as “the Latino Red Hot Chilli Peppers.” The punk spirit is clearly a part of Monte Negro’s overall makeup, too, although Cicatrix leaves the greater impression of […]

Summerbirds In the Cellar

Summerbirds In the Cellar

Thursday nights are strange. Everyone huddles on the cusp of the weekend, not quite certain whether to write Friday off or not. Chances are if you’re out drinking at the Tin Roof—a small building that takes its namesake from the material on its roof—you’ve written Friday off as a wasted day at work. And isn’t […]

XX Teens

XX Teens

XX Teens come up a day late and a dollar short with their first full-length effort, Welcome to Goon Island. These five young lads from London missed the British Dance Punk Express that bands like Arctic Monkeys rode to notoriety way back in early 2006 with their breakthrough debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s […]

Sian Alice Group

Sian Alice Group

This is all chase. Violins drawing out notes, electric guitar picking chords, piano keys eloquent, synth sustaining the vibrant persistent hum. The songs on Sian Alice Group’s debut LP, 59.59, gnaw at the listener like a receding toothache or a descending revelation. The album’s opening moments are lovely splurts and blurbs of matter, eventually taking […]

Mason Proper

Mason Proper

There’s an undercurrent of playfulness tempered with gravity on Mason Proper’s new full length, Olly Oxen Free. The album title gives that away better than anything else: a refrain from a child’s game of hide-and-seek that is also a loose phrase that trips off the tongue, coming off either naggingly or menacingly depending on who’s […]