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Diet Audio ­ Ecraez L' Infame (

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Cincinnati's Diet Audio might want to put their own sound on a diet. The foursome's debut CD, Ecrasez L' Infame (the phrase, taken from Voltaire, means "crush infamy," which he used as a batt  

Angelique Kidjo -- Djin Djin (Razor & Tie/Starbucks)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
When World Music artists pair with anointed Pop entities, it usually signifies either the desire of a desperate label to adorn Pop stars with some creative cred or a means to move extra units of a  

Starcastle -- Song of Times (Progrock)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Thirty years ago, Starcastle roared out of Champaign, Ill., with an irresistible sound that combined Prog Rock's complexity and Pop's shimmer. Although they took much grief for their proximity t  

The Willowz -- Chautauqua (Dim Mak)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The Willowz have been inspiring awe and dropping jaws since their debut EP four years ago, with 2005's full length Talk in Circles earning them Band of the Year honors from the LA Weekly and a sl  

Timbaland -- Timbaland Presents Shock Value (Blackground/Interscope)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
If his new effort, Shock Value, is any indication, superstar producer Timbaland's entry into the mainstream has emboldened him. Though all original material, the guests and stylistic mash-ups giv  

Vulcan Freedom Fighters -- Stardate Unknown (Alien Communication)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
It's difficult to describe this project without making it sound like a novelty. Put simply, VFF makes instrumental Rock music with copious amounts of dialogue from the original Star Trek series.   

The Chalets -- Check In (Setanta)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
There is something irresistible about a Pop/Rock band featuring guy/girl counterpoint vocals. How far would the B52s have gotten with just Fred Schneider's histrionic yelp? Who would have noticed  

Graham Parker -- Don't Tell Columbus (Bloodshot)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
In the late '70s era of the Angry Young Man, few were as wickedly literate, acidic, witty or as broadly focused with their vitriol as Graham Parker. His work with The Rumour, a blend of British F  

The Moog -- Sold For Tomorrow (Musick)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Dude, Hungary rocks! The Moog started out in the relatively cloistered Rock scene of Budapest as Nirvana/Led Zep-obsessed teens (the band's bassist couldn't play an instrument but was so inspire  

The Stooges -- The Weirdness (Virgin)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Thirty-three years ago, Iggy Pop and his band of virulently talented miscreants known as The Stooges unleashed a withering barrage of seminal Punk called Raw Power, a kick to the complacent ball s  

The Silos - Come On Like the Fast Lane (Bloodshot)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
After a 20-plus year career with the Silos that has inspired critics to gushing raves and garnered the band a cultishly loyal fan base, it might seem as though frontman Walter Salas-Humara would b  

Apostle Of Hustle -- National Anthem Of Nowhere (Arts & Crafts)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
The lineup of Canadian Post Punk collective Broken Social Scene changes more than George Steinbrenner's Yankees and has variously included nearly every musician in the Toronto scene. With that ma  

Money Mark -- Brand New By Tomorrow (Brushfire)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 21, 2007
If you're even a casual Beastie Boys fans, chances are you know Money Mark. Mark and his keys played a pivotal role in the group's sonic restructuring in 1992 on Check Your Head by adding much o  

Tommy Womack -- There, I Said It! (Cedar Creek)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Middle-life crises don't come any bigger than Tommy Womack's back in 2003. The former Bis-Quits/Government Cheese guitarist enjoyed a middling Americana solo career (great albums, little acclaim  

Jesse Malin -- Glitter In The Gutter (Adeline/East West)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Singer/songwriter Jesse Malin left his trash-brat frontman gig with D Generation with the intent of making an intimate little acoustic solo album. But producer/pal Ryan Adams convinced him to get