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Main Attrakionz | 808s and Dark Grapes II
Following a steady stream of low-budget tracks, mixtapes, and videos posted on their Tumblr this year, the Bay-area stoner rap duo of Squadda B and MondreM.A.N. (a/k/a Main Attrakionz) have raised the stakes by offering up something that resembles a traditional release.
| September 07, 2011
Lil B | I'm Gay (I'm Happy)
Amalgam Digital (2011)
Gone are the endless declarations of hoes on his dick in groups of 30 and 100; gone are the claims that he is everyone from Ellen Degeneres to Miley Cyrus.
| July 19, 2011
Shabazz Palaces | Black Up
Sub Pop (2011)
The musical reincarnation of Ishmael Butler, the elusive Seattle rapper who makes up one-third of the semi-popular '90s jazz-rap act Digable Planets under the name Butterfly, is a lot to unpack.
| June 09, 2011
Friendly Fires | Pala
For a densely layered, expertly produced dance-rock album, this second full-length from British three-piece Friendly Fires is perplexingly bland.
| June 07, 2011
The Weeknd | House of Balloons
| April 27, 2011
Yelle | Safari Disco Club
Barclay Records (2011)
In the four years since French electro queen Yelle released her debut, Pop Up, a gaggle of comparable female dance-pop characters — from Gaga to La Roux to Robyn — have made their way into the spotlight.
| March 31, 2011
Gucci Mane | The Return of Mr. Zone 6
Brick Squad (2011)
After a sub-par, commercially warped album, an arrest followed by a brief stint in a mental hospital, and a supremely unfortunate face tattoo, it seemed Gucci Mane had turned a very sad corner.
| March 23, 2011
Win Win | Win Win
Vice Records (2011)
Billed as a collaborative project, the debut from Boston-bred producer and video artist Ghostdad and Spank Rock–associated XXXChange and Chris Devlin feels a lot more like a loosely-curated DJ set than a cohesive album.
| February 09, 2011
Review: Minks | By The Hedge
Captured Tracks (2011)
In part because it sounds an awful lot like the shoegaze and '80s dreampop bands she selects to fill her soundtracks, the debut full-length from Boston-gone-Brooklyn duo Minks floats along like a Sofia Coppola movie - delicate and listless, topped with a glossy and charming overcoat, but lacking in substance.
| January 27, 2011
Reading Rainbow | Prism Eyes
An album like this sophomore effort from Philly-based husband/wife team Reading Rainbow is part of a very unlucky battle against the status quo, since its garage-band approach to reverb-heavy fuzz-punk melodies does exactly what an endless gaggle of lo-fi buzz bands thoroughly exhausted months ago.
| December 07, 2010
Nicki Minaj | Pink Friday
When you're accustomed to being the coolest attendee at everyone else's parties, hosting your own can be tricky. And so it goes for Nicki Minaj.
| November 30, 2010
Girl Talk | All Day
Illegal Art (2010)
In one fell swoop that came in the form of a surprise, free-of-charge digital release a week ago Monday, Greg Gillis overturned the idea he'd been instrumental in creating at the birth of mash-up culture.
| November 22, 2010
The Concretes | WYWH
Friendly Fire (2010)
Two full-lengths removed from the departure of Mazzy Star's long-lost sonic sister, lead vocalist Victoria Bergsman, the Concretes have a developed a sound that's altogether different from that of their early/mid-naughts heyday.
| November 16, 2010
Review: Avey Tare | Down There
Paw Tracks (2010)
It's a credit to Avey Tare that his debut solo album feels like a very natural extension of Animal Collective's overarching brand of psychedelia.
| October 26, 2010
Review: Tao Lin's Richard Yates
A better stunt: Lin transcends his self-promotion
When this review is posted online, 27-year-old Tao Lin will quickly send out its URL in a tweet and file it on his website's meticulously maintained record of press coverage.
| October 13, 2010
The Corin Tucker Band | 1,000 Years
Kill Rock Stars (2010)
Four years ago, it was guitarist and vocalist Corin Tucker's maternal pull that bore most of the blame for Sleater-Kinney's disbanding.
| October 05, 2010
Azure Ray | Drawing Down the Moon
Saddle Creek (2010)
Is it possible to produce a record that sounds anything like a comeback when your sonic trademark is one of delicate sulk and sorrow?
| September 22, 2010
Review: Teengirl Fantasy | 7AM
True Panther Sounds (2010)
If the demise of traditional record making is designed to foster any band’s fruitful existence, it’s that of Teengirl Fantasy.
| September 16, 2010
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin | Let It Sway
At the apex of earnest indie pop, the period during which their first two full-lengths were recorded, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin were a mild, dime-a-dozen act.
| August 10, 2010
Candy Claws | Hidden Lands
Creating the sonic and æsthetic impression that they're roaming the landscapes and seascapes painted on vintage postcards sold for 25 cents apiece in dusty piles near thrift-store cash registers, Colorado-based Candy Claws are shameless themesters.
| August 10, 2010
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| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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