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Arbouretum: The Gathering

Arbouretum: The Gathering

Chris Middleman March 16, 2011 0

Arbouretum The Gathering Rating: 3.3/5.0 Label: Thrill Jockey Often, you’ll see ’70s Hendrix-devotee Robin Trower’s name listed as sort of a next-step guitar god artist, once one’s exhausted the three Cream LPs, Jimmy Page’s

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Davila 666: Tan Bajo

Davila 666: Tan Bajo

Ashley Thiry March 15, 2011 0

Davila 666 Tan Bajo Rating: 3.9/5.0 Label: In The Red When did partying go out of style? Wait, scratch that – partying hasn’t gone out of style, per se, it’s just become marginalized. “Partying”

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The Cave Singers: No Witch

The Cave Singers: No Witch

Joe Clinkenbeard March 15, 2011 0

The Cave Singers No Witch Rating: 4.0/5.0 Label: Jagjaguwar Seattle’s Cave Singers, born in 2007 after the dissolution of Pretty Girls Make Graves, was nourished by Matador during its first two albums Investigation Songs

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The Dodos: No Color

The Dodos: No Color

Joe Clinkenbeard March 14, 2011 0

The Dodos No Color Rating: 3.5/5.0 Label: Frenchkiss Not every band can brag that they were re-named by fans, had their album cover artwork drawn by kids and met acclaim from almost every corner

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The Builders and the Butchers: Dead Reckoning

The Builders and the Butchers: Dead Reckoning

Katie Bolton March 14, 2011 0

The Builders and the Butchers Dead Reckoning Rating: 3.5/5.0 Label: Badman Recording Co. Dead Reckoning, the latest release from the Builders and the Butchers, is best played at low volumes in cavernous, underground spaces.

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Harald Grosskopf: Synthesist

Harald Grosskopf: Synthesist

Nathan Kamal March 13, 2011 0

Harald Grosskopf Synthesist Rating: 4.0/5.0 Label: Rvng Intl Already an obscure record when it was initially released in 1980, Harald Grosskopf’s Synthesist has become something of a cult item, the kind of album that

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Beans: End It All

Beans: End It All

Chaz Kangas March 13, 2011 0

Beans End It All Rating 2.9/5.0 Label: Anticon One time Anti-Pop Consortium member Beans (NOT Beanie Sigel, I’m sure I saved myself a handful of comments with that one) has always fallen on the

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Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring for My Halo

Stacey Pavlick March 10, 2011 0

Kurt Vile Smoke Ring for My Halo Rating: 3.8/5.0 Label: Matador There is something hazily holy about Kurt Vile’s Smoke Ring for My Halo. In word and deed, this fourth full-length of Vile’s (his

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Shugo Tokumaru: Port Entropy

Shugo Tokumaru: Port Entropy

Danny Djeljosevic March 10, 2011 0

Shugo Tokumaru Port Entropy Rating: 3.9/5.0 Label: Polyvinyl The (hilarious) manga Detroit Metal City follows a young man named Soichi who desperately wants to make Jens Lekman-esque Swedish pop music. However, he finds more

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Wye Oak: Civilian

Wye Oak: Civilian

Dan Seeger March 9, 2011 0

Wye Oak Civilian Rating: 4.3/5.0 Label: Merge I think there are all sorts of subset styles of music I’m supposed to invoke when writing about Wye Oak. Dream pop, for sure, and probably indie

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