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Boston Spaceships: Let it Beard

Boston Spaceships: Let it Beard

Eric Dennis July 31, 2011 0

Boston Spaceships Let it Beard Rating: 2.5/5.0 Label: Guided By Voices, Inc. The question of whether releasing a ton of new music with Terminator-like efficiency negatively impacts quality control or sullies the luster around

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Grooms: Prom

Grooms: Prom

Jordan Ardanaz July 31, 2011 0

Grooms Prom Rating: 4.2/5.0 Label: Kanine Since the release of the trio’s 2009 debut, Rejoicer, Grooms has been labeled, and perhaps too easily discarded, as one of the first wave of a ’90s indie-rock

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Little Dragon: Ritual Union

Little Dragon: Ritual Union

Katie Bolton July 28, 2011 0

Little Dragon Ritual Union Rating: 2.7/5.0 Label: Peacefrog Little Dragon has a big pedigree. Friends of Gorillaz, collaborating with Rafael Saadiq, produced by Big Boi and now releasing their third album, the band is trying

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Julia Stone: The Memory Machine

Julia Stone: The Memory Machine

Kyle Fowle July 28, 2011 0

Julia Stone The Memory Machine Rating: 3.8/5.0 Label: Nettwerk The gruesome cover art you see above is a somewhat apt descriptor of the debut solo album from Julia Stone. After a string of releases

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Portugal. The Man: In the Mountain in the Cloud

Portugal. The Man: In the Mountain in the Cloud

Dan Seeger July 27, 2011 0

Portugal. The Man In the Mountain in the Cloud Rating: 3.6/5.0 Label: Atlantic Any band that builds their music around obvious retro styles runs the risk of creating music that’s swamped by its own

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Gardens & Villa: Gardens & Villa

Gardens & Villa: Gardens & Villa

Jory Spadea July 27, 2011 0

Gardens & Villa Gardens & Villa Rating: 3.3/5.0 Label: Secretly Canadian You can tell Gardens & Villa hail from the California seaside. It reeks in the woody, analog reverb, in Chris Lynch’s crooning falsetto,

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Araabmuzik: Electronic Dream

Araabmuzik: Electronic Dream

Nick Hanover July 26, 2011 0

AraabMuzik Electronic Dream Rating: 4.0/5.0 Label: Duke Productions LP Fandom is a fickle fucking beast. Following the digital release of Electronic Dream, Cam’ron producer AraabMuzik was treated to tirades from fans irate over the

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Cut Hands: Afro Noise I

Cut Hands: Afro Noise I

Sky Madden July 26, 2011 0

Cut Hands Afro Noise I Rating: 2.2/5.0 Label: Very Friendly / Susan Lawly (UK) Cut Hands is the sonic organization of William Bennett’s collection of Congolese and Ghanaian percussion instruments. Bennett, also of controversial

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They Might Be Giants: Join Us

They Might Be Giants: Join Us

Katie Bolton July 25, 2011 0

They Might Be Giants Join Us Rating: 2.9/5.0 Label: Idlewild/Rounder Not to make you feel old or anything, but a child born the day that They Might Be Giants released the nerd-rock essential Flood

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Brilliant Colors: Again and Again

Brilliant Colors: Again and Again

Nathan Kamal July 25, 2011 0

Brilliant Colors Again and Again Rating: 2.8/5.0 Label: Slumberland The San Francisco trio Brilliant Colors are certainly signed to the right label. Historically, Slumberland has been a fine home for bands working with roughhewn

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