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Poni Hoax

Images of Sigrid | Tigersushi
Poni Hoax are, it’s clear, out to crash the increasingly humdrum post-disco party (just with better supplies), so it’s only fair that you crash theirs.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 12, 2008

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The Faint

Fasciinatiion | Blank.wav
It’s as if I were at a party where they’re endlessly playing “Dead or Alive” while some guy next to me mumbles nonsense in my ear and some kid in the corner hits random keys on a Juno.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 12, 2008

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Randy Newman

Harps + Angels | Nonesuch
As welcome as it is to have Newman’s acerbic wit back, it remains a singular pleasure to listen to a simple, devastating ballad like “Losing You.”
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  August 12, 2008

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Lindtsrøm

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

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Aaron Parks

Invisible Cinema | Blue Note
He likes the shape of pop tunes, their dynamics, their unfolding dramas. He names Radiohead as an influence.
By: JON GARELICK  |  August 12, 2008

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V/A(1)

I Like It Like That: Fania Remixed | Fania
I Like It Like That: Fania Remixed | Fania
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 04, 2008



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Izza Kizza

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

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Sugarland

Love on the Inside | Mercury Nashville
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush aren’t afraid to get a little goofy for the sake of a laugh.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 04, 2008

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Miley Cyrus

Breakout | Hollywood
Breakout  is a puzzling mishmash that makes sense only if you read between the lines and see the 15-year-old trapped in a machine that is partly of her own design.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 04, 2008

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The Major Labels

Aquavia | Self-released
You can play Spot the Beatles throughout this one.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  August 04, 2008

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Melvins

Nude with Boots | Ipecac
Hey Melvins, a question.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 29, 2008



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Mike Gordon

The Green Sparrow | Rounder
Phish phans biding their time for the jam band’s all-but-confirmed reunion should find plenty to occupy themselves with on this second solo album by bassist Mike Gordon.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 29, 2008

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Oneida

Preteen Weaponry | Jagjaguwar
Oneida’s Preteen Weaponry is a fair introduction to the band’s stripped-down, elemental nature.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  July 29, 2008

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Pariah Beat

Pariah Beat Radio | Vital
Pariah Beat Radio might have benefitted from some tactful restraint.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 29, 2008

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Mars

The Complete Studio Recordings, NYC 1977-1978  | No More
Career-spanning records usually mark a band’s evolution; this outfit existed for just two years, so the material sketches a near-perfect first and sole album.
By: DEVIN KING  |  July 29, 2008

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David Vandervelde

Waiting for the Sunrise | Secretly Canadian
Vandervelde's latest takes the familiar Byrds-meets-the-Band sound and bakes it in the sun till golden.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  July 29, 2008



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Love Story

Love Story | Start
Love were one of rock’s first interracial bands, and Lee’s genius as their chief songwriter, musician, and bandleader is reinforced here by former band members, label associates, and others.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  July 22, 2008

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Fakts One

Long Range | Greenstreets
Fakts never built a repertoire deep enough to secure his own specific sound, but on Long Range he proves he can dip into a variety of styles and cater tracks around any MC’s individual tastes.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 22, 2008

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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

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Women

Women | Flemish Eye
Women initially sound like most Beach Boys- or Kinksinfluenced bedroom pop.
By: DEVIN KING  |  July 22, 2008

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Nico Muhly

Mothertongue  | Brassland
Nico Muhly is too young to realize that classical music is meant to be a gated community.
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  July 22, 2008


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