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To Rococo Rot: Instrument

To Rococo Rot: Instrument

Derek Staples August 26, 2014 0

Instrument, To Rococo Rot’s first full-length release in almost exactly four years, is like a dream just before dawn. Clocking at less than 40 minutes, the actual length of the album does little to

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JJ: V

JJ: V

Michael Danaher August 25, 2014 0

When JJ first broke onto the scene in 2009, the Swedish indie-pop duo’s brand of soft-spoken, lovelorn indie-pop caught many off guard. The act seemed to come out of nowhere, and the songs struck

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Spider Bags: Frozen Letter

Spider Bags: Frozen Letter

Josh Goller August 25, 2014 0

Taking a rough-and-tumble dark horse act like Spider Bags and throwing them onto a major label can prove disastrous. What’s more, the Chapel Hill trio bases their fourth album (and first on Merge) on

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Rediscover: The Ornette Coleman Quartet: This Is Our Music

Rediscover: The Ornette Coleman Quartet: This Is Our Music

Jake Cole August 25, 2014 0

The recent death of bass maestro Charlie Haden is not how one wants to be reminded to listen to Ornette Coleman’s legendary Atlantic recordings, which feature Haden as an invaluable asset to the saxophonist’s

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The Gaslight Anthem: Get Hurt

The Gaslight Anthem: Get Hurt

Cole Waterman August 24, 2014 0

In the months before Get Hurt’s release, the press promised and forewarned that the album was a grand departure for the Gaslight Anthem. Was the New Jersey quartet forsaking their trademark sentimental, yet rough

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It Looks Sad.: Self-Titled

It Looks Sad.: Self-Titled

Jester Jay Goldman August 24, 2014 0

I’m so glad that the lagging nostalgia wave is finally cresting for the 1980s. I didn’t care for disco the first time around and, while the ‘70s folk-rock and pop revivals have each had

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Naomi Punk: Television Man

Naomi Punk: Television Man

Jake Cole August 21, 2014 0

Television Man isn’t just the sound of garage rock, it’s the sound of a garage itself, of heavy doors shrieking up and down on flimsy metal rollers and a motor that always seems just

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Annie Ross: Loguerhythms

Annie Ross: Loguerhythms

Pat Padua August 21, 2014 0

English poet Christopher Logue wrote screenplays for Ken Loach and Ken Russell and appeared as Cardinal Richelieu in the latter’s The Devils. Jazz singer Annie Ross was the driving force behind the vocal group

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Comet Gain: Paperback Ghosts

Comet Gain: Paperback Ghosts

Kevin Korber August 20, 2014 0

When you reach a certain point as a band, consistency becomes a bit more valuable than making drastic aesthetic shifts or trying to reshape your image. For more successful bands, this is more of

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White Fence: For the Recently Found Innocent

White Fence: For the Recently Found Innocent

Jacob Adams August 20, 2014 0

Tim Presley recorded his fifth album under the moniker White Fence in an actual recording studio. This news might cause some unease for diehard fans of White Fence’s DIY, bedroom/ garage-band aesthetic. Fortunately, For

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