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Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

The obvious comparison is, of course, Pavement, so I’ll get that out of the way. That same slacker-rock vibe, the meandering guitar lines and disregard for noise, the occasional talk-singing in the vocals. Plus they’re both named after ground coverings. That influence is certainly present on Sunbathing Animal, but a...

Review by Caroline Mills
Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything

So this is sad bastard music. It isn’t, however, sad bastard music that hasn’t paid its dues. From the first track, you can tell these guys are veterans: they’ve got the balls to open with a 7+ minute pseudo-lullaby, and the skills for it to work. Rather than hooking you,...

Review by Caroline Mills
Real Estate – Atlas

Real Estate – Atlas

I spent my senior year in college writing a thesis on cartography and identity in literature — poring over endless books and articles and maps, trying to articulate the way that the maps we create for ourselves often end up serving as maps of ourselves. I ended up with a...

Review by Caroline Mills