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Guided By Voices – Cool Planet

Guided By Voices – Cool Planet

We may not have known it at the time of release, but Cool Planet turned out to be the final LP from the reunited Guided by Voices. This capped a roughly three-year span in which the line-up responsible for canonical GbV like Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes dropped more albums than most bands do in […]

Ex Hex – Rips

Ex Hex – Rips

Mary Timony has bounced around from band to band – Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag – and has thus far only found temporary homes for her signature off-kilter guitar work and songwriting. Chalk this up to a variety of issues; bad luck, restlessness, geographical logistics (in the case of Wild Flag), but serious fans of Timony […]

Young Widows – Easy Pain

Young Widows – Easy Pain

The latest album by raw power trio Young Widows smolders with nonchalant menace. If Easy Pain were flesh and blood human, he would be the guy with a five o’clock shadow at the end of the bar in some dive, glaring at no one in particular while cleaning the dirt out from under his fingernails […]

Scissors for Lefty – Bangs and Lashes

Scissors for Lefty – Bangs and Lashes

San Fran family band Scissors for Lefty will be hitting the decade mark soon marred by nearly seven years of silence. Despite this, and in the face of a year’s delay on their most recent endeavor, Bangs and Lashes doesn’t lose an ounce of momentum for fans of 2007’s Underhanded Romance. While the titular lead […]

Over the Rhine – Blood Oranges In the Snow

Over the Rhine – Blood Oranges In the Snow

Folks looking for the sweetly saccharine tales of a nostalgic Christmas, the playful cheekiness of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or the fireside tones of “The Christmas Song” will be disappointed with the fare that eclectic singer-songwriters Over the Rhine deliver on their third holiday-inspired outing. Yet, for the listener who sticks it out, they’ll be […]

Paul Thorn – Too Blessed to Be Stressed

Paul Thorn – Too Blessed to Be Stressed

It doesn’t need a brain surgeon to turn on the news and to diagnose that the world is in a sorry state. From the recent riots in Missouri to the wars and rumors of wars raging across the globe, not to mention all the dire horrors falling in between, and it’s easy to find one’s […]

Ariel Pink – pom pom

Ariel Pink – pom pom

As button pushing has become a matter of necessity in getting attention amidst the media’s ocean of noise, the cultural value of provocation seems to drop as its motives become increasingly suspect. A few weeks ago, readers of music blogs everywhere were treated to a contrived non-controversy regarding Ariel Pink’s cheekily delivered opinion that the […]

Fjord Explorer – I Know I’m Awake

Fjord Explorer – I Know I’m Awake

You gotta love a fun band name. The spate of Indie bands popping up in the past few years with their un-Google-able, non-names (Girls, The Men, Woods, Baths, Tennis, etc) has been an interesting movement to watch. The modern Indie scene didn’t create the non-name but it sure has been exploring its more banal extremes. […]

Monks of Mellonwah – Turn the People

Monks of Mellonwah – Turn the People

If you’re a fan of bands like Muse, Incubus, or The Black Keys and you’ve been scouring the Internet for your latest musical fix, you might want to set your sights Down Under where Sydney’s Monks of Mellonwah are slowly building a strong following. It’s a well-deserved following as is shown on their latest project, […]

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (take 3)

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (take 3)

I originally wanted to approach this review under the guise/pretense of this album being a first time release by a brand new artist. Doing so, however, proved impossible and in the end silly, as the review contained too many cutesy, winking references to Radiohead and previous Thom Yorke projects. While it is impossible to ditch […]