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Lily Allen | It's Not Me, It's You

Capitol (2009)
On her 2007 debut, this young British MySpace sensation came across like that rare thing — a natural.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 09, 2009

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David Fiuczynski | KiF Express

Fuzelicious Morsels (2009)
This latest album from Screaming Headless Torsos guitarist David Fiuczynski's KiF doesn't worry about subtlety.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 03, 2009

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Various Artists | Money Will Ruin Everything

Rune Grammofon (2009)
Asked to describe his label Rune Grammofon's output, Rune Kristoffersen uncomfortably offers, "It's typically somewhere between improvised, electronic, contemporary . . . ," before fading off.
By: DEVIN KING  |  February 03, 2009

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Phosphorescent | To Willie

Dead Oceans (2009)
No stranger to ragged, defeatist country/folk, Matthew Houck and friends sound right at home on To Willie.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 03, 2009

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Telefon Tel Aviv | Immolate Yourself

Bpitch Control (2009)
The best feature of Immolate Yourself , a seemingly endless supply of potential energy that leaps from track to track, flipped swiftly into its saddest upon the news that Charlie Cooper — one half of the duo, with Joshua Eustis — had been found dead in Chicago on January 22.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 03, 2009

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Volcano Suns | The Bright Orange Years and All-Night Lotus Party

Merge
I'm one of those rare specimens who, thanks to the vagaries of time and fate, got into Volcano Suns before Mission of Burma.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  February 03, 2009



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Aztech | Reel Drama Presents: The Dusty Stereo

Self-released (2009)
Self-released (2009)
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 03, 2009

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Review: The Bad Plus's For All I Care

Heads Up (2009)
On each of their previous albums, the Bad Plus let it be known they owed as much to classic rock and pop as to prog jazz.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 27, 2009

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Review: Cattle Decapitation's The Harvest Floor

Metal Blade (2009)
Doom lite
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  January 27, 2009

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Review: Dälek's Gutter Tactics

Ipecac (2009)
Bad-ass buzzkills 
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  January 27, 2009

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Review: Franz Ferdinand's Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

Domino (2009)
On their third full-length, Franz Ferdinand continue to kick out that post-punk/disco thrust that made past singles "Take Me Out" and "Do You Want To" such loosened-skinny-tie pleasures.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  January 27, 2009



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Review: Matthew Stubbs's Soul Bender

VizzTone (2009)
This solo debut is a departure from Stubbs's regular gig playing guitar for blues great Charlie Musselwhite.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 27, 2009

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Review: Lisa ''Left Eye'' Lopes, Eye Legacy

Mass Appeal/Koch (2009)
The posthumous hip-hop release has become such a music-biz commonplace.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 27, 2009

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Review: Antony and the Johnsons' The Crying Light

Secretly Canadian (2009)
Secretly Canadian (2009)
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 20, 2009

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Review: Crippled Black Phoenix's The Resurrectionists

Epic win
For all the big talk by musical theoreticians about the alleged indulgences of '70s prog, the most egregious lie is that it was musician's-musician music made by eggheads with gigantic egos.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 20, 2009

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Review: The Hot Club of San Francisco's Bohemian Maestro

Azica (2009)
No genre is as closely associated with a single artist as Gypsy jazz is with Django Reinhardt.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  January 20, 2009



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Review: Mark Olson and Gary Louris, Ready for the Flood (New West)

Return of the Hawks
Some of us sat idly by while the Stooges, the Pixies, the Police, and the New Kids were busy plotting their improbable reunions, our arms crossed, feigning indifference.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  January 20, 2009

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Review: Lars Horntveth's Kaleidoscopic

Smalltown Supersound (2009)
Lars Horntveth creates worlds of his own with this 36-minute voyage, which never feels reliant on anything but itself (unlike most "cinematic music").
By: MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  January 20, 2009

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Review: Oak Lonetree, Lava + 2

Molten flow
Oak Lonetree hemorrhages more discs than Kool Keith — which, for those who don't know, is a bootyload.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2009

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Review: Drew Brown | Tiago La Is Losing the Plot

Lex (2009)
You know how Brian Eno is supposed to have said something like, "Only 5000 people ever bought a Velvet Underground album, but every single one of them started a band"?
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 13, 2009

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Review: The Roots of Hip-Hop

Harte (2009)
Everybody wants to claim hip-hop.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 19, 2009


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