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Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life

February 13th, 2009


Lot of Living to Do

Scottish singer and songwriter Amy Macdonald is already a veteran performer at the age of 21; however, her debut album This Is The Life proves that she still has some growing up to do. Read more…

By Camille Thien Posted in Reviews

Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue

December 29th, 2008


Finding Balance

Acid Tongue, the second solo album released by Jenny Lewis, explores many different musical flavors, including classic, twangy country on the Elvis Costello duet “Carpetbaggers,” and the soulful jazzy ballad “Trying My Best to Love You.” Read more…

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Kings of Leon – Only By the Night

November 28th, 2008


The Right Man for the Job

Kings of Leon is a family rock band from Tennessee comprised of three brothers (Cable, Jared, and Nathan Followill) and one cousin (Matthew Followill). Upon first listen, it is easy to imagine a group of men in their fifties attempting to recapture their youth through music that is reminiscent of 1980s hard rock. So it comes as a surprise that the oldest member of the band has yet to reach age 30. Read more…

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Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst

October 4th, 2008


Modern Day Beat-Poet

For anyone who’s ever imagined their life as a quirky, independent film, Conor Oberst has created the accompanying soundtrack album with his latest eponymous release. Through emotive, trembling vocals, Oberst conjures the spirit of such American music icons as Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. Read more…

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Howlin Rain – Magnificent Fiend

September 17th, 2008


Stereophonic Flashback

There’s a new incarnation of the 1970s acid rock jam band, and its name is Howlin Rain. From the extensive use of organ and electric guitar, to front man Ethan Miller’s growling, scratchy vocals, Howlin Rain and their second album, Magnificent Fiend, sound misplaced in time. Read more…

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Casados – Passages

September 10th, 2008


Wedded Amiss

There’s something romantic and endearing about a husband and wife singing duo, unfortunately Nic and Heather Dillon, collectively known as Casados, cannot convert inherent goodwill into exceptional music. Read more…

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The Sadies – Tales of the Rat Fink

August 11th, 2008


Hotrods and Beach Parties

Created to accompany the 2006 documentary film of the same name,Tales of the Rat Fink is a collection of brief instrumental tracks by Toronto-based band the Sadies. The subject of the film is Ed “Big Daddy” Roth—the hotrod icon, artist and cartoonist—who was part of an early sixties novelty surf group, thus the surf influence on the album is not surprising. Read more…

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Whitley – The Submarine

June 19th, 2008


All Things in Time

On his freshman album, The Submarine, modern-day troubadour Whitley (aka Lawrence Greenwood) takes a fresh approach to folk music. He infuses it with electronic elements to create his own unique sound. His smoky, emotive voice is doubled on many tracks to provide mystery and depth to his thoughtful lyrics. Read more…

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Greg Laswell – Through Toledo

May 25th, 2008


Good Company When Feeling Miserable

Some people are not just singers or songwriters, they are storytellers. Greg Laswell is one of these people. Through Toledo is a collection of deeply personal songs told in an easygoing, conversational way which makes this album an enjoyable listen. Although these are his experiences, they are universal and relatable. Read more…

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Bela Karoli – Furnished Rooms

April 30th, 2008


This isn’t the Olympics…

If the name Bela Karoli sounds familiar, it isn’t. This all-female Colorado trio has commandeered the name of Bela Karolyi, the Olympic gymnastics coach, to create instant name recognition. However, to the listener’s dismay, it only takes a few notes to realize that this is not the Bela Karoli they vaguely remember. Read more…

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