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Drive-By Truckers: Go-Go Boots

Drive-By Truckers: Go-Go Boots

Eric Dennis February 13, 2011 0

Drive-By Truckers Go-Go Boots Rating: 3.7/5.0 Label: ATO Records Whether or not Drive-By Truckers will ever manage to surpass 2001′s Southern Rock Opera – considered the band’s high-water mark, as well as one of

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Thank You: Golden Worry

Thank You: Golden Worry

Chris Middleman February 13, 2011 0

Thank You Golden Worry Rating: 2.8/5.0 Label: Thrill Jockey The fourth LP from Baltimore’s frustratingly named Thank You immediately comes at you, bouncing around the room like a kid on a sugar high. The

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Akron/Family: Akron/Family II:The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

Akron/Family: Akron/Family II:The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

Nathan Kamal February 10, 2011 0

Akron/Family Akron/Family II:The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT Rating: 3.7/5.0 Label: Dead Oceans Records As convoluted album titles go, Akron/Family II:The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT isn’t quite up there

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Michael Chapman: Trainsong: Guitar Compositions, 1967-2010

Michael Chapman: Trainsong: Guitar Compositions, 1967-2010

Marcus David February 10, 2011 0

Michael Chapman Trainsong: Guitar Compositions, 1967-2010 Rating: 3.8/5.0 Label: Tompkins Square Maybe you remember Michael Chapman as the artist responsible for 1970′s pseudo-cult favorite Fully Qualified Survivor. Maybe you remember him as the link

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…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: Tao of the Dead

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: Tao of the Dead

Jory Spadea February 9, 2011 0

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead Tao of the Dead Rating: 2.7/5.0 Label: Richter Scale Soft, murky power chords fade in, soon to be joined by chiming, celestial guitar atmospherics.

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Sic Alps: Napa Asylum

Sic Alps: Napa Asylum

Kyle Fowle February 9, 2011 0

Sic Alps Napa Asylum Rating: 3.8/5.0 Label: Drag City Sic Alps are one of those unabashedly lo-fi garage bands that, like Guided By Voices, tend to release material as if they were directly selling

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Cut Copy: Zonoscope

Cut Copy: Zonoscope

Nick Hanover February 8, 2011 0

Cut Copy Zonoscope Rating: 4.5/5.0 Label: Modular The difference between an act like Cut Copy and, say, Chromeo, all comes down to intent. You can have fun with Chromeo and all their ’80s-indebted cheesiness

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John Vanderslice: White Wilderness

John Vanderslice: White Wilderness

Michael Merline February 8, 2011 0

John Vanderslice White Wilderness Rating: 3.8/5.0 Label: Dead Oceans On paper, White Wilderness seems to be a departure from John Vanderslice’s usual mix of thoughtful indie rock and zealous studio tinkering. A collaboration with

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James Blake: James Blake

James Blake: James Blake

Kyle Fowle February 7, 2011 0

James Blake James Blake Rating: 4.4/5.0 Label: Atlas/A&M Releasing three EPs in 2010, all of which got steady blog and critical attention, James Blake quickly made a name for himself before a debut album

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The Get Up Kids: There Are Rules

The Get Up Kids: There Are Rules

Katie Bolton February 7, 2011 0

The Get Up Kids There Are Rules Rating: 3.4/5.0 Label: Quality Hill I could be reading the wrong sources, but it seems I only hear the Get Up Kids mentioned in conversations about the

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