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The xx – xx

The xx – xx

The brilliant and unassuming quartet of the xx are, if you haven’t already gathered, headed for big things. This, their dark and brooding debut album, refreshingly showcases a new young band which aren’t riding on any particular wave of media attention, and haven’t gained their hype via any kind of...

By Lemon
Portraits Of Past – Cypress Dust Witch

Portraits Of Past – Cypress Dust Witch

Often looked upon as one of the grandaddies of true Screamo, Portraits Of Past are remembered with the greatest respect. So last year, when they started gigging again after a 13 year hiatus, people began to get excited. An Ebullition records band of old touring again with new tunes in...

By Heard
The Happy Hollows – Video and Interview

The Happy Hollows – Video and Interview

The Happy Hollows like to straddle the line between noise pop and indie rock. Their debut LP Spells (due out October 6th 2009) is an incredible album that stands out in a time where artists seem all too comfortable blending in. Spells is available early online through bandcamp at http://thehappyhollows.bandcamp.com/....

By Big Ben
Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day

After several listens, gchat conversations, and feverishly pedantic conversations worthy of an Aaron Sorkin TV dramedy, I find myself stumped. How do I classify the type of music found on Kid Cudi’s first major release, Man on the Moon: The End of Day ? However you classify hip-hop, it never...

By Delicious
A.A. Bondy – When The Devil’s Loose

A.A. Bondy – When The Devil’s Loose

Admittedly this was my first time listening to A.A. Bondy. It’s a pretty good sign though that when listening to Bondy’s sophomore release When The Devil’s Loose that I immediately went and sought out his 2007 debut American Hearts. The two albums have a different feel, and that’s largely due...

By Big Ben
Anna Ternheim – Leaving On A Mayday

Anna Ternheim – Leaving On A Mayday

As the 3rd album by the Swedish singer/songwriter, Leaving On A Mayday is a highly contemplative and richly melodic journey driven by haunting vocals, emotional lyrics and a variety of instrumental arrangements. Combining the ambience of lounge bass, folky acoustics and wind, string and percussion instruments from a wide range...

By Wedsie
The Underground is Alive and Well and Living in Ohio: Part 2

The Underground is Alive and Well and Living in Ohio: Part 2

Here’s the second installment of my awkward stumblings into these things called “music” and “being in a band.” “I FEEL SO GOOD! I CAN HARDLY STAND IT! I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD SING OR WHISTLE OR SOMETHING!” I just walked into a decaying concrete basement filled with guitar amps, a...

By Squeri
Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

Today is 9/11. Eight years ago today, something very close and personal happened to me, and also to most Americans. However, unlike most Americans, what happened to me on that fateful day 8 years ago had nothing to do with airplanes or the city of New York. It all started...

By Delicious
HEALTH – Get Color

HEALTH – Get Color

L.A. Noise Rockers HEALTH are a frantic bunch. With two albums in as many years (not counting last year’s remix album) glued together with almost constant touring, HEALTH can hardly be accused of being slack. What the noise punks were in danger of was being monotonous. Not boring, no- HEALTH’s...

By Lemon
The Happy Hollows – Spells

The Happy Hollows – Spells

The Happy Hollows are releasing an everlasting gobstopper for their debut LP “Spells” due out in early October. It’s a quick burst of sweet. Then memories of summers from your childhood swirl around. The types of summers where all you wanted was nothing, and the world was so effortless that...

By Big Ben
Silkie – Vol 1City Limits

Silkie – Vol 1City Limits

Who would have thought 2009 was going to be the year to save Dubstep? I mean, everybody who’s anybody will know all about what it is now. It’s influence reaches as far as charting top 40 singles and Hip Hop production. Recently it’s become somewhat of an “in” thing to...

By Heard
The Dead Weather – Horehound

The Dead Weather – Horehound

“Oooh! It’s Jack White’s new band. Exciting!” Well, kinda. I mean, he’s not the singer or anything. “Oh, well I love him on guitar. He has such an amaaaazing sound.” Well, hold on. He’s not exactly playing guitar either. I mean, he plays guitar on a couple tracks…I think. “Well...

By Delicious