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Lykke Li

Lykke Li

The blogosphere is a harsh and fickle mistress. One day, you’re at the top of your game, with countless amount of delightfully hyperbolic young scribes crafting one-to-two sentence opuses espousing the flawless nature of your genius (it’s really cool, you guys!). Then, sometime later that day, the next new thing has come along, and you’ve […]

Blueground Undergrass

Blueground Undergrass

Jeff Mosier, lead vocalist and banjo player of Blueground Undergrass, has been nose to nose with epic, legendary fame and he says he doesn’t want anything to do with it. A few of the experiences that act as this fame deterrent to him are mafia run nitrous dealings, necessary bodyguards and hats pulled low over […]

This is England

This is England

So here’s something novel: a fun skinhead movie. You know the cliché: the outcast kid comes across a band of offbeat rabble-rousers who welcome him/her into their group. All goes well and the kid learns acceptance and friendship, but then things aren’t all peachy and s/he happens to learn a lot of other lessons as […]

Ben Weaver – The Ax in the Oak

Ben Weaver – The Ax in the Oak

One thing has become abundantly clear to me in listening to The Ax in the Oak: Ben Weaver knows not where his strengths lie. Musically, the album is a thing of saddened beauty, resulting from Weaver and producer Brian Deck’s marriage of alt-country and electro-pop. The two men’s keenness toward these disparate genres makes them […]

Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado

Guess what? That’s right, it’s time for another Damien Jurado album. And guess what it sounds like? That’s right, it sounds like another Damien Jurado album. Okay, okay. It has a couple of things that stand out from his prior work and those couple of things turn out to be huge. But how much can […]

Doomtree

Doomtree

If, in 2008, anyone still doubted that Minneapolis was the capital of DIY Hip-Hop, Doomtree’s self-titled debut LP ought to stuff the mouths of these doubting Thomases with brass knuckles. The members of the Doomtree crew have been training for years, releasing a series of hard-to-get, occasionally brilliant EPs called False Hopes. However, like the […]

Joseph Arthur – Foreign Girls

Joseph Arthur – Foreign Girls

No one will ever accuse Akron, Ohio native turned Brooklyn resident Joseph Arthur of not keeping his fans steeped in fresh new music. While his six full-length albums have been released gradually since 1997, Arthur has also supplied the indie world with an almost ridiculous number of EPs in between – most of the time […]

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale’s unique moniker is a combination of the band’s favorite film, “The Squid and the Whale,” and Noah Baumbach, the film’s director. Baumbach may not like sharing, though, seeing as the tagline from his film is “Joint custody blows.” Regardless, Noah and the Whale, formed in 2006, have paid tribute to their […]

Asteroid No. 4 – These Flowers of Ours

Asteroid No. 4 – These Flowers of Ours

The title of the new release by Philadelphia-based Asteroid No. 4 should be the first inclination that, if nothing else, you’re in for an unusual ride. For the most part, the ride is one part psychedelia, one-part folk-rock, and one-part acid trip down a river of reverb. There are a few detours, but they’re not […]

Black Light Burns – Cover Your Heart

Black Light Burns – Cover Your Heart

Isn’t it a bit soon for Black Light Burns to be making a covers album? Even if Wes Borland has been making music for the better part of the past two decades, Black Light Burns have still only tallied up a grand total of one album, and Cruel Melody was released barely a year ago, […]