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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Handsome Furs

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Fans of Dan Boekner's other band, the comparably cheerier and poppier Wolf Parade, might initially be thrown for a loop by the minimal stark low-fi landscape he constructs here with fiancée Alexei Perry. But Plague Park is no less melodic and a lot more subversive. Employing the same squiggly synths...

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Lies for the Liars

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Yesterday's tweener punk acts are jumping ship on a sound that has, well, sank. Or, at least, will sometime soon. TRL will move on. My Chemical Romance eyed the conceptual with The Black Parade. Fall Out Boy transformed into this generation's Blink 182. And Lies for the Liars finds the...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Friggin’ in the Riggin’ with the Von Bondies

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 2:47 PM

Marcie jumps, ship sinking faster. Remember the days when the Von Bondies were this wonderful, multi-gendered song machine whose future was laid out like a week of perfect days that stretched across the Atlantic? Yeah, me neither. Anyway, Marcie Bolen — the lovely, fire-haired guitarist who our UK writer once...

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Jive talkin’

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 2:29 PM

Can't not mention this little "life-is-fucked-up, kill yourself-or-get-over-it" tidbit: Ann Arbor’s Tally Hall signed to Atlantic Records. And the whole world applauds. Ain’t life grand?...

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Pajama party!

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Between the major-label ink, malcontent hipsters, and a gang of rock scribes thirsting to sip her bathwater, it seemed like Leslie Feist's third proper solo release was destined to suffocate under impossible expectations. In turn, she did what any singer-songwriter tiptoeing on the edge of mainstream appeal might — called...

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The Abattoir Blues Tour DVD/CD

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Nick Cave said in an interview once that he'd take cheap fabric to the best tailors to get his suits made to look "like a businessman whose ambitions were beyond his abilities." The analogy could be applied to his music with the Bad Seeds over the last decade or so,...

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Dial T for This

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM

After several albums mining the intersection of alt-country rawk and late '80s indie crunch, this Austin act takes a bit of a left turn reminiscent of the Old '97s dive into power pop on Satellite Rides. Gone are the ragged guitars and the thundering drums, in favor of piano-fueled pop...

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One Year

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM

The Zombies broke up as "Time of the Season" began its eternal reign on radio and singer Colin Blunstone took a job at an insurance company. The lure of the cubicle versus the recording studio eventually tipped in favor of his recording this 1971 solo album. With the members of...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Under the covers

Sure, they’ve long been the city’s hippest cover band, but the Detroit Cobras might be the city’s hippest band, period

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Of all the nonsense that shadowed Detroit bands five years ago — all the sightings of Seymour Stein in the back of the Lager House, A&R lunches and big-time dreams — the thing that seems most preposterous these days is how the music was unrelentingly tied to Detroit's failure as...

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Let in the Light

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2007 at 12:00 AM

This Atlanta-based singer-songwriter has garnered favorable comparisons to early PJ Harvey. (Her last album was produced by always-abrasive Steve Albini.) But here Shannon Wright shears off anything that could even be misconstrued as rough, and comes up with a great after-midnight album, where you can hear fingers squeak on the...

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