Tuesday, April 26, 2011

_________________________New 4.26.2011

About Group _ Start & Complete

Bold, eccentric indie rockers mix traditional songwriting with wild sounds and effeminate male vocals. See "Lay Me Down," "There's A Way To End This Run Of Doubt."

Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Despise You _ And On and On…

Grindcore band via Springfield Mass shares a guitarist with Pig Destroyer.

**Airborne Toxic Event _ All At Once

LA rock band's sophomore effort of arena-sized indie tunes is not to be missed. See "Changing," "All I Ever Wanted, "Strange Girl."

**An Horse _ Walls

Australian indie-rock duo sound like a faster, brighter version of Wye Oak. See "Trains And Tracks," "Walls," "Leave Me."

Armor for the Broken _ The Black Harvest

Hardcore with bursts of melody from one of the South's premier labels, NC's Tragic Hero.

Augustana _ Augustana

Cali emo band channels John Mellencamp on their fourth record. Straightforward American pop/rock tunes.

Bill Frisell and 858 Quartet _ Sign of Life

Progressive, adventurous jazz/folk.

Bootsy Collins _ The Funk Capitol of the World

Funk legend gets help from an impressive but odd list including Snoop, Hendrix, Al Sharpton, Samuel L Jackson, Buckethead, George Clinton, and Bela Fleck. Definitely funky. See "Cool Whip."

**Cass McCombs _ Wits' End

Nomadic American singer/songwriter is better than ever on his follow up to 2009's critically adored Catacombs. See "County Line," "Buried Alive," "Hermit's Cave." RIYL Elliott Smith.

Daedelus _ Bespoke

Brilliant experimental pop DJ follows up 2008's awesome Love To Make Music To with more future music.

Dennis Coffey _ Dennis Coffey

Longtime Motown guitarist's latest features spots from Mayer Hawthorne, Rachel Nagy, and others, over 40 years after the release of his 1969 debut.

**Emmylou Harris _ Hard Bargin

Alt/country legend adds yet another great album to her extensive catalogue.

Explosions In The Sky _ Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Guitar atmosphere kings struggle to capture the emotion and beauty of their earlier work, but they have their moments here. See " Human Qualities," "Trembling Hands."

Girl Names _ Dead To Me

Lo-fi indie act may have overdone it with the reverb, skimped on the hooks.

Holly Golighty And The Brokeoffs _ No Help Coming

Dark, authentic, smokey blues/rock. See "The Rest Of Your Life," " Burn O' Junk Pile Burn," "Get Out My House."

Julian Lynch _ Terra

Experimental composer's electro/jazz/folk is nice, but will probably not blow anyone's mind.

Kort _ Invariable Heartache

Old fashioned American alt/country duo's debut is slightly cloying but has its high points. See "She Came Around Last Night."

Lions!Tigers!Bears! _ Shallow Waters, Endless Depth

Moderately complex screamo. Not bad if that's your thing, but Memphis May Fire's The Hollow is better.

Lynda Carter _ Crazy Little Things

Fluffy pop/country from former Ms World USA.

Memphis May Fire _ The Hollow

Texas band plays chilling post hardcore. See "The Victim," "The Commanded." Recommended for fans of the genre.

Otep _ Atavist

LA metal.

Poly Styrene _ Generation Indigo

Final album from the now deceased X-Ray Spex singer is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Prefuse 73 _ The Only She Chapters

Ambient electro. See "The Only Contact She's Willing To Give," "The Only Way To Find." RIYL Flying Lotus.

Rachel Platten _ Be Here

Traditional, light American pop. See "Little Light," "All I Seem To Do."

Silverstein _ Rescue

Canadian rockers blend post-hardcore with elements of emo and punk.

Steve Earle _ I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

The prolific legend hasn't lost a thing on his 14th full-length studio album. See "Every Part Of Me," "Lonely Are The Free."

Swingin' Utters _ Here, Under Protest

20+ years is impressive for a punk band, and their 10th album finds the Cali punks as ornery as ever.

Thao & Mirah _ Thao & Mirah

Merrill Garbus produced debut features Mirah's stripped-down songwriting combined with Thao's sense of adventure. See "Teeth," "Spaced Out Orbit," "Squareneck."

**The Wombats _ This Modern Glitch

Hooky sophomore effort from this Liverpool three-piece combines Arctic Monkey's cool with M83's bright melodies. See "Our Perfect Disease," "Last Night I Dreamt..," "Walking Disaster."

Times New Viking _ Dancer Equired

Columbus OH lo-fi indie act write great songs but would benefit from slightly better recording. See "California Roll," "New Vertical Dwellings."

Vomitory _ Opus Mortis VIII

Swedish death metal. Makes most American metal sound like little girls.

**Younger Brother _ Vaccine

Pretty, psychedelic electro. See "Pound A Rhythm," "Train," "Spinning Into Place."


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