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Wolf Parade – Expo 86

Wolf Parade – Expo 86

This is my plea. Wolf Parade needs to dissemble as a band.  Expo 86 makes that much crystal clear.  This is not because this current release is pitiful, it is quite enjoyable even, but there is a greater picture to be seen.  The two lead men, Spencer Krug and Dan...

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Crystal Castles – (II)

Crystal Castles – (II)

If you had goaded me into a conversation about Crystal Castles two months ago, it would have been hard for me to muster up much conviction on any opinion.  If asked then, what two words would I use to describe the band, I would have answered with a hearty: Extremely...

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Gogol Bordello – Trans-Continental Hustle

Gogol Bordello – Trans-Continental Hustle

Eugene Hutz, frontman for Gogol Bordello, is still striving to make sure you have not forgotten about him.   With tattered clothes, tattered guitars, tattered and wild hair to go along with tattered band mates, Hutz is seemingly in constant motion.  Motion is a concept he is certainly familiar with, even...

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Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise

Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise

Circa Survive get their first crack at a big record label album after signing on with Atlantic Records. Sitting snug with a slew of Atlantic performers such as O.A.R., Gnarls Barkley, Kid Rock, and Rob Thomas can only feel outlandish at best. Blue Sky Noise certainly is a prototypical album...

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Frog Eyes – Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph

Frog Eyes – Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph

Carey Mercer is Frog Eyes.  I say this not to shadow the efforts of his band mates, including his wife on drums.  I say it because he is attractive, perhaps not in the physical sense, but because most everything he does is as tactile as it is interesting.  It is...

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Streetlight Manifesto – 99 Songs of Revolution: Volume I

Streetlight Manifesto – 99 Songs of Revolution: Volume I

Streetlight Manifesto continues to shepherd all things ska in an attempt to cater to a cult audience.  A proper release not appearing since 2007’s Somewhere in the Between, Streetlight returns with Volume I of a daunting eight full-length albums undertaking of covers.  99 Songs of Revolution will span four bands,...

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Envy On The Coast – Lowcountry

Envy On The Coast – Lowcountry

Wash.  Rinse.  Repeat.  Envy On The Coast has done a wonderfully masterful job of recording an album meant for 1998.  Mainstream rock that recalls elements of a dark period in music creativity, with rock chords performing as a cure-all.  This is not revisional history, nor homage to a time period. ...

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Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be

I am trying my best not to sound sexist, but for the most part, groups comprised of “all girls” are often be written off as a gimmick by critics.  The Donnas are certainly not the prime example I would want for any prospective musically inclined daughter of mine to have. ...

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