Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gusts of grit

Group's first big release is a smooth blend of garage and indie

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM

In a summer that has seen few strong local indie releases, Detroit four-piece I, Crime is juicing up the musical milieu. For its first big release, Spread Like Water/Block the Sun, the band spent roughly two years holed up with Grammy-nominated engineer Collin Dupuis, tinkering with a sound that's equal...

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Sea of Cowards

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The brooding, sometimes disorienting, psychoactive sex appeal permeating Sea of Cowards makes up for the lack of a single, and the band's ability to make "dangerous" noise assures its place in rock 'n' roll. The Dead Weather had good ideas on last year's debut, Horehound — an album that should've...

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Night Work

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Listening to Night Work, the third album from the New York disco-rock band Scissor Sisters, is a reminder of how hard it can be to make thoroughly shallow pop music. In the wake of their breakthrough 2004 self-titled debut, the Scissor Sisters stumbled badly on 2006's strained Ta-Dah, which raised...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Melancholy salvage

Michigan lads get a thoroughly produced studio album

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The banjo plucks and rolls, the musical saw sighs alongside the accordion, and a quivering mountain refrain calls out to some old memory. This is what Frontier Ruckus sounds like on cursory listen. Led by singer-guitarist Matt Milia, Ruckus has been rising locally since conquering Lansing a few years ago....

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Permalight

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The advance press about Permalight, indie-pop band Rogue Wave's fourth album, was that this was finally going to be an upbeat record from singer-songwriter Zach Rogue. And although it's always good to hear that an underappreciated talent has made a "happy" album, the news struck Rogue Wave fans as odd:...

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