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Backyard Tire Fire -- Vagabonds and Hooligans(OIE)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 14, 2007
On the first pass through a Backyard Tire Fire album, it's tempting to keep a checklist of every band or artist whose sound bubbles up through BTF's Americana party mix. And while the list is po  

Menomena -- Friend and Foe (BARSUK)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 14, 2007
This Portland, Ore., trio recently signed to Barsuk Records and this is their debut release for the label. Online 'zine Pitchfork likes them, which seems to be hugely indicative of a band's succ  

The Affair-- Yes Yes To You (KOSHER)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 14, 2007
What is it about bands that start with "the" and end with one word? Something about that quality of a band name lends expectations for either a great album or a British Rock group that will sing  

Xavier Rudd -- Food in the Belly (Anti/Epitaph)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Duality is the overriding theme of Xavier Rudd's life and career. A citizen of both Australia and Canada, the 26-year-old guitarist/surfer/social activist finds himself musically encamped in a va  

X-Clan -- Return From Mecca (Suburban Noize)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Hip Hop has changed -- for the worse, some argue -- since X-Clan released their last full-length CD in 1992. Crunk music and her Bay Area-bred cousin Hyphy now represent the dominant sounds in mai  

The Chrome Cranks -- Diabolical Boogie (Atavistic)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 24, 2007
If you explored the Cincinnati underground music scene in the late '80s/early '90s, chances are you knew Chrome Cranks singer/guitarist Peter Aaron ... or at least saw one of the shows he booked  

Busdriver -- Roadkillovercoat (Anti/Epitaph)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 24, 2007
While RoadKillOvercoat might be your first exposure to Busdriver, the uniquely skilled Hip Hop freestyler is no novice, having well over a decade in the L.A. underground and a quartet of highly re  

Lee Hazelwood -- Cake or Death (Ever)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Although the title of iconic and near legendary songwriter/producer Lee Hazlewood's new solo album, Cake or Death, is an homage to comedian Eddie Izzard, it would seem as though he has included t  

The Broken West -- I Can't Go On, I'll Go On (Merge)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 17, 2007
On their self-released 2006 EP, The Dutchman's Gold, The Broken West (then known as the Brokedown and changed because a lawyer told them so) exhibited an amazing amount of diversity and maturity   

Ron Sexsmith -- Time Being (Ironworks)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Having friends in high places is no guarantee of success by association. Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith is a prime example. Sexsmith's gifts for melody and storytelling have been trumpet  

Stars of Track and Field - Centuries Before Love and War (Wind-Up)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Any number of attributes set Stars of Track and Field apart from their Emo-fueled peers in the Portland scene on their debut full-length, Centuries Before Love and War (available as a download las  

Noah Georgeson -- Find Shelter (Plain Recordings)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
If you're looking for the go-to guy among the current crop of Avant Folk practitioners, a natural first choice would be the genre's barefoot poster boy, Devendra Banhart. A better selection woul  

Tom Waits -- Orphans (Anti/Epitaph)

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 13, 2006
There are two immutable truths about Tom Waits. The first is that Waits is, without question or debate, one of the most singularly unique figures in contemporary music. The other is the more impor  

Gwen Stefani -- Sweet Escape (Interscope)

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I was never much of a fan of No Doubt, but I could appreciate their brand of guitar-driven, New Wave-influence Pop, which provided a little sunny-side-up alternative to mopey Grunge (and the Faux   

Various Artists -- Fast Food Nation (Park The Van)

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Five years ago, Eric Schlosser authored Fast Food Nation, a blistering non-fiction indictment of the fast food industry that inspired a critical examination of its widespread abuses. Director Rich