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Peter Bjorn and John | Seaside Rock

Almost Gold/Star Time | 2008
It’s really pointless. And somewhat nice.  
By: SAM UBL  |  October 01, 2008


Young Jeezy | The Recession

Def Jam
Remember, Jeezy disdains rappers, just like the teen movie anti-hero who decries the phoniness of movie stars.
By: SAM UBL  |  September 10, 2008


Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires | XL
The Hertfordshire trio’s debut full-length cobbles from some of dance rock’s silliest (and sappiest) party mavens, among them Talking Heads, Prince, and the Rapture.
By: SAM UBL  |  September 02, 2008


Lykke Li

Youth Novels | Atlantic
Lykke Li may be hotly tipped for Starbucks stereoplay, but she’s more “Konichiwa Bitches” than Keren Ann.
By: SAM UBL  |  August 26, 2008



Perhapst | In Music We Trust
To say he’s not a leading-man type is an understatement.
By: SAM UBL  |  August 19, 2008



Where You Go I Go Too | Smalltown Supersound
As the first non-shitty half-hour-long song of the millennium, the title track and centerpiece marks a milestone of sorts.
By: SAM UBL  |  August 12, 2008


Izza Kizza

Kizzaland | Souldiggaz/Atmos
Kizzaland’s main draw? It’s Kizza’s elastic snake-charmer flow.
By: SAM UBL  |  August 04, 2008


Black Kids

Partie Traumatic | Hear Music
Partie Traumatic not only overcomes its ponderous pre-hype, it also shows that emo might not be today’s only hope for romantic pop.
By: SAM UBL  |  July 22, 2008


The Individuals

Fields/Aquamarine | Bar/None
It won't rock the worlds of less-than-obsessive fans of American post-punk, but it’s something we need more of: enterprising indie rock sprung from minds that are smart enough to keep it simple.
By: SAM UBL  |  July 15, 2008
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