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Heresy and the Hotel Choir | Flameshovel
The third album by this affable Milwaukee quartet is their handsomest, most assured outing yet.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 19, 2007


The Hives

The Black and White Album | A+M/Octone
Call me crazy, but I consider Tyrannosaurus Hives to be one of the best punk-rock albums of all time
By: WILL SPITZ  |  November 19, 2007


Coheed and Cambria

Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow | Columbia
Sanchez uses his fictional backdrop to offer the sort of advice you might get from Al Gore — or maybe on Kid Nation.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 19, 2007


Roger Sanchez: Release Yourself

Vol. 6 | Stealth
Sanchez tests the limits of the tough, the frantic, and the joyful. Fans expect no less.
By: MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  November 14, 2007


Planet Safety

Soul Note
Do they have volcanoes in Argentina?
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 13, 2007


Ben Lee

Ripe | West
Ben Lee’s never made any secret of his fondness for the warm and fuzzy side of Evan Dando’s Lemonheads pop.
By: VICTORIA WELCH  |  November 13, 2007


Dax Riggs

We Sing of Only Blood or Love | Fat Possum
One of the best tunes here could almost pass for an outtake from Marilyn Manson’s latest.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 13, 2007



R.E.M. LIVE | Warner Bros.
Unless you’re a diehard fan, wait for their new album in the spring.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 13, 2007


Joni Mitchell

Shine | Hear Music
Joni Mitchell’s first album for Starbucks’ Hear Music label isn’t being hyped as a concept album, but that’s what it is.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 06, 2007


Lori McKenna

Unglamorous | Warner Bros.
Lori McKenna had her major-label debut co-produced by Hill’s husband, country superstar Tim McGraw.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  November 06, 2007


Robert Wyatt

Comicopera | Domino
The sweetest instrument is Wyatt’s voice, whose fragile, high, quavering tone is honest to the core.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2007


Britney Spears

Blackout | Jive
Spears’s fifth studio album is a witchy electro-pop wonder as suspect as those prescription pills photographed in her purse a few weeks ago.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  November 06, 2007


White Williams

Smoke | Tigerbeat6
New York–based White Williams isn’t interested in proving that laptop jocks can be as in-your-face as dudes doing rock.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 06, 2007


Electric Six

I Shall Exterminate Everything around Me that Restricts Me from Being the Master | Metropolis
ITunes has Detroit’s Electric Six filed under “blues,” and the acoustic-guitar riff that kicks off the band’s new disc is bloozy in a LedZep/White Stripes sorta way.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  November 06, 2007


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

100 Days and 100 Nights | Daptone
You can’t really call Sharon Jones a retro soulster.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 30, 2007


Iron and Wine

The Shepherd's Dog | Sub Pop
Sam Beam, the singer-songwriter behind the name Iron & Wine, made a name for himself with the four-track masterpiece The Creek Drank the Cradle in 2002.
By: DAVID BRUSIE  |  October 30, 2007


Band of Horses

Cease to Begin | Sub Pop
Much has changed for Band of Horses and their mercurial frontguy, singer/guitarist Ben Bridwell, since they quietly released their debut album.
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 30, 2007


Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection

What pioneering American indie label issued records by both the Beatles and John Lee Hooker?
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 2007


Colbie Caillat

Coco | Universal
This singer-songwriter is part of an emerging breed of Billboard-climbing folk-pop babes using YouTube and MySpace to build a devoted audience from the hard drive up.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 30, 2007


Jimmy Eat World

Chase the Light | Interscope
Jimmy Eat World go to great lengths to recapture the anthemic thrills of Clarity — and give or take a few bouts of brooding cynicism, they’ve succeeded.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  October 30, 2007



Dreamboat Annie Live | Shout! Factory
Heart are fast becoming the world’s best classic-rock cover band.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  October 22, 2007

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