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EMA: Past Life Martyred Saints

EMA: Past Life Martyred Saints

Stacey Pavlick May 19, 2011 0

EMA Past Life Martyred Saints Rating: 4.4/5.0 Label: Souterrain Transmissions Kathleen Hanna’s file cabinet – along with her photographs, master copies of zines, original recordings, media clippings, Xeroxed flyers, even a navy blue baby

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Jason Forrest: The Everything

Jason Forrest: The Everything

Kyle Fowle May 19, 2011 0

Jason Forrest The Everything Rating: 2.3/5.0 Label: Staatsakt It’s amazing, really, that Jason Forrest hasn’t adopted the above album art for every single one of his albums. After all, what could more appropriately represent

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Title Tracks: In Blank

Title Tracks: In Blank

Michael Merline May 18, 2011 0

Title Tracks In Blank Rating: 3.7/5.0 Label: The Ernest Jenning Record Co. After Washington, D.C. punk band Q and Not U disbanded, that band’s drummer, John Davis, went on to a couple of new

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Let’s Wrestle: Nursing Home

Let’s Wrestle: Nursing Home

Dan Seeger May 17, 2011 0

Let’s Wrestle Nursing Home Rating: 3.4/5.0 Label: Merge The London-based band Let’s Wrestle sounds like one of the groups I fell in love with constantly in college. They’re a little brash and little messy,

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Del the Funky Homosapien: The Golden Era

Del the Funky Homosapien: The Golden Era

Nick Hanover May 17, 2011 0

Del the Funky Homosapien The Golden Era Rating: 3.6/5.0 Label: the council Give Del the Funky Homosapien credit – in the wake of a hit like “Clint Eastwood,” his collaboration with Gorillaz, other emcees

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Man Man: Life Fantastic

Man Man: Life Fantastic

Katie Bolton May 16, 2011 0

Man Man Life Fantastic Rating: 3.5/5.0 Label: ANTI- Often, bands affix the “experimental” label to their sound because they are annoyingly esoteric college students or have an inflated sense of their own artistry. Philadelphia’s

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Dengue Fever: Cannibal Courtship

Dengue Fever: Cannibal Courtship

Joe Clinkenbeard May 16, 2011 0

Dengue Fever Cannibal Courtship Rating: 3.6/5.0 Label: Fantasy Dengue Fever is changing. The Los Angeles-based group hasn’t made any adjustments to its lineup or to the fundamental ingredients of its sound – still churning

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Tyler, the Creator: Goblin

Tyler, the Creator: Goblin

Nick Hanover May 15, 2011 0

Tyler, the Creator Goblin Rating: 4.0/5.0 Label: XL When’s the last time anyone was truly scared of hip-hop? Not counting the Sarah Palins of the world, who can’t tell their Commons from their Ol’

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Thursday: No Devolución

Thursday: No Devolución

Ashley Thiry May 15, 2011 0

Thursday No Devolución Rating: 2.1/5.0 Label: Epitaph Recipe for an emo album: take one thunderous drum intro, add razor-sharp guitars, mix in some urgent, breathy vocals that lead up to a sweeping, anthemic chorus.

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Wild Beasts: Smother

Wild Beasts: Smother

Nick Hanover May 12, 2011 0

Wild Beasts Smother Rating: 4.9/5.0 Label: Domino The theatricality of Wild Beasts’ lead vocalist Hayden Thorpe may keep some listeners at bay, but for those with an open mind, the British group has quietly

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