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Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge Records)

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0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2007
That's five "Ga's," clearly a metaphor for ... well, I have no freakin' idea what the title means. A rebirth? A deeper exploration of Dadaism? They asked a toddler to pick the name? Spoon has  

Tiny Vipers: Hands Across the Void (Sub Pop)

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0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2007
In 2003, Jesy Fortino relocated from Oakland to Seattle, bringing with her a songbook of darkly demented original Folk material better suited to a Goth festival than a hootenanny, and began making  

Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton: Knives Don't Have Your Back (Last Gang)

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0 Comments · Wednesday, July 11, 2007
When Emily Haines last performed with Metric in Cincinnati, she wore a black, homemade dress riddled with angled slits. Enough holes to show skin, but still remarkably classy. With too-long bangs   

Meat Puppets: Rise to Your Knees (Anodyne)

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0 Comments · Wednesday, July 11, 2007
More than 25 years ago, guitarist/songwriter Curt Kirkwood embarked on a rare musical journey with Meat Puppets, his Arizona trio, which would encompass both great influence and relative success.   

Crowded House: Time on Earth (ATO)

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0 Comments · Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The nearly universal acclaim that greeted the 1987 release of Crowded House's eponymous debut album was an appropriate response to the infectiously joyous Pop that permeated every perfect note of  

Sinead O'Connor: Theology (Koch)

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0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2007
It's hard to believe it has been 20 years since Sinead O'Connor released her masterpiece, The Lion and the Cobra, which stands as one of the greatest debut albums ever. If ever there was a "cel  

Bad Brains: Build a Nation (Megaforce)

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0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Speaking of artists who don't get enough credit! Bad Brains were a vital part of the American Hardcore and Punk movements, though it seems they rarely get the attention of, say, Black Flag or Ger  

The Aliens: Astronomy for Dogs (Astralwerks)

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0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2007
I would think "Astronomy for dogs" would involve chewed-up telescopes and the dogs' own asses, but this Brit trio has other ideas. The band contains the founding members of the influential Beta  

Tomahawk -- Anonymous (IPECAC)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2007
It's hard to imagine the Mike Patton that joined Faith No More in the '90s and looked like the day-glo-attired skater little brother of Anthony Keidis has turned into one of the most interesting  

Joan Armatrading -- Into The Blues(429/SAVOY)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2007
From her beginnings over three-and-a-half decades ago, singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading parlayed her West Indian heritage and her British upbringing into an amazing musical hybrid, combining Fol  

John Doe -- A Year In The Wilderness (YEP ROC)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2007
If he'd never played a single note after the initial dissolution of X, John Doe could have spent the rest of his life sitting on a fire escape getting fat on beer and Tootsie Rolls and his legend  

Battles -- Mirrored (Warp)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2007
The ominous, eerie ambiance of Battles' newest venture is equivalent to being chased through a chaotic, demented funhouse by a sadistic horde of machete-wielding clowns. Fueled by an outfit of te  

The Clientele -- God Save the Clientele (Merge)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2007
For their third album, The Clientele channel late '60s/early '70s Pop when the genre was steeped in melodic and emotional simplicity while yearning to explore more expansive modes of expression.  

Fishbone -- Still Stuck in Your Throat (Sound in Color)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2007
From their very beginnings in Los Angeles in 1979, Fishbone was one of the most raucous and outlandish bands to emerge from a scene that also produced Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction.   

The Sheds ­ You've Got A Light (

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Cincinnati Indie Folk duo The Sheds have released other albums before their brand new You've Got a Light, but don't look for them in your favorite CD store. The band simply put the releases (inc