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David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights: Left By Soft

David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights: Left By Soft

Nathan Kamal May 25, 2011 0

David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights Left By Soft Rating: 3.7/5.0 Label: Merge Records If it weren’t for the surprising international success of New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a cappella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo,

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Son Lux: We Are Rising

Son Lux: We Are Rising

Jory Spadea May 24, 2011 0

Son Lux We Are Rising Rating: 3.7/5.0 Label: Anticon We Are Rising is a conceptual fluke. In January, NPR proposed Son Lux’s solo member, Ryan Lott, a challenge: write and record an entire album

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The Lonely Island: Turtleneck & Chain

The Lonely Island: Turtleneck & Chain

Nathan Kamal May 23, 2011 0

The Lonely Island Turtleneck & Chain Rating: 3.6/5.0 Label: Universal Republic Parody is difficult to pull off because it can so easily become mean-spirited. Part of what makes comedy/music troupe the Lonely Island’s continuing

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Religious Knives: Smokescreen

Religious Knives: Smokescreen

Chris Middleman May 23, 2011 0

Religious Knives Smokescreen Rating: 3.0/5.0 Label: Sacred Bones Religious Knives managed to elect a pretty apt band name evocative of their sound. Guitarist Michael Bernstein and organist Maya Miller, both formerly of Brooklyn’s noisy

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Kate Bush: Director’s Cut

Kate Bush: Director’s Cut

Katie Bolton May 22, 2011 0

Kate Bush Director’s Cut Rating: 3.5/5.0 Label: Fish People Fans will agree: Kate Bush didn’t need any redos 20 years after the fact. With just eight prior studio albums, Bush nonetheless rules English pop

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Police Teeth: Awesomer Than the Devil

Police Teeth: Awesomer Than the Devil

Nick Hanover May 22, 2011 0

Police Teeth Awesomer Than the Devil Rating: 3.9/5.0 Label: Latest Flame Fugazi’s indefinite hiatus sucks for plenty of reasons but one of the most glaring is the complete dearth of bands willing or able

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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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