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A Fine Frenzy | One Cell in the Sea

Virgin (2009)
A Fine Frenzy is 22-year-old Alison Sudol, an LA-based piano-pop prodigy who’s probably never heard a Fiona Apple song she didn’t love.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 24, 2009


The Donnas

Bitchin' | Purple Feather
The Donnas do what the Donnas do, and, hard as it may be to believe, they’ve been doing it for more than a decade.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 01, 2007


Victor Calderone

Evolve | Ultra
Victor Calderone ranks among the top house DJs, and his newest mix makes it clear how he got there.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  September 24, 2007


Manu Chao

La Radiolina | Nacional/Because
Chao’s bold, kitchen-sink approach was unlike anything else.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 24, 2007


Konono Nº 1

Live at Couleur Café | Crammed Discs
This band’s amped-up likembe (thumb piano) trance music put the trendy world-music subgenre known as Congotronics on the map.
By: BANNING EYRE  |  September 24, 2007


Herbie Hancock

River: The Joni Letters | Verve
Herbie isn’t fooling around — the guest stars are here, yes, but Hancock is stretching out, with languid, meditative takes on the Mitchell songbook.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 24, 2007



Love Is Simple | Young God
Already digested the latest from Devendra Banhart and Animal Collective and still hungry for more new freak-folk sounds?
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 24, 2007


PJ Harvey

White Chalk | Island
As the next 10 songs in this cryptic gothic fairy tale unreel, she experiences a drug-induced nightmare, a moon tide of guilt, and, seemingly, death.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 24, 2007



Underground Kingz | Jive
Underground Kingz is not quite an instant classic, but it would be hard to deny that UGK have reclaimed their throne.
By: MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  September 18, 2007


Putumayo Presents Americana

Most of what you’ll find here is about as appealing as the disc’s candy-colored cover, which has got to be in the running for one of the ugliest of the year.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  September 18, 2007


10,000 Laughs: The Best of the Boston Comedy Festival

“People have to remember that there’s one big difference between Bush and Hitler,” he says. “Hitler wrote a book.”
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2007


Minus the Bear

Planet of Ice | Suicide Squeeze
Minus the Bear are at their best when they let down their guard and allow a little heat to penetrate their Planet of Ice.
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  September 18, 2007


Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

Lifeline | Virgin
On Lifeline , Ben Harper’s latest disc with the Innocent Criminals, the soulful slide-guitarist captures the feel of an intimate live concert.
By: BRETT SINGER  |  September 17, 2007


The Cinematic Orchestra

Ma Fleur | Domino
Though Ma Fleur repays close listening with an assortment of sonic riches, the album fades into beige room noise with very little encouragement.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 17, 2007


Asmus Tietchens + Richard Chartier

Fabrications | Die Stadt
The result is this long, dark, atmospheric piece that unfolds and evolves at a glacial pace.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  September 12, 2007


Simian Mobile Disco

Attack Decay Sustain Release | Interscope
After spinning and remixing everyone else’s tracks, Simian Mobile Disco are finally debuting their own.
By: ROQUE STREW  |  September 12, 2007


Get Ready, Here Come... The '70s

Shout Factory!
Okay, so they missed a few things, but Get Ready manages to be a whole lot of fun by ignoring the music that mattered.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  September 12, 2007


The Subdudes

Street Symphony | High Street
It wouldn’t be a Subdudes album without a couple of accordion-led tunes or a soul ballad.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  September 12, 2007


Joe Henry

Civilians | Anti-
Joe Henry is an unlikely candidate for a protest CD, even one this subtle.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 12, 2007


Erin McKeown: Lafayette

Signature Sounds
Give some of the credit to her crack back-up band, who move effortlessly between head-nodding hip-hop grooves and hopped-up big-band shuffles.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 12, 2007


Travis Tritt

The Storm | Category 5
Georgia-born Tritt has always been a country musician with a rock-and-roll soul, but this time he’s put the accent on “soul” as a genre.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 05, 2007

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