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In Our Bedrrom After the War | Arts + Crafts
This is something of a letdown.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 15, 2007

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Three of a kind

Deborah Harry, Annie Lennox, and Siouxsie Sioux
Deborah Harry admitted that there was no method to the madness involved in making her new solo album, Necessary Evil.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 08, 2007

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Dashboard Confessional: The Shade of the Poison Trees

Vagrant
The people want their wimp back; he’ll meet them halfway.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 08, 2007

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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

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Night work

Thurston Moore, Eddie Vedder, and Kevin Drew go solo
Thurston Moore, Eddie Vedder, and Kevin Drew don’t play in the kind of rock bands that privilege streamlined sonics over the expression of individual creative wills.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 25, 2007

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Akron/Family

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



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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

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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

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Quirk-pop?

The Aliens and Mystery Jets
The Beta Band never really made an album you could listen to from beginning to end.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 19, 2007

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Blaqk audio

Cexcells | Interscope
Blaqk Audio is Davey Havok and Jade Puget of AFI doing an ’80s-inspired synths-and-beats version of the emo-inflected goth-rock.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 05, 2007

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Mark Olson

The Salvation Blues | HackTone
The album shimmers with the sort of musical detail that keeps woe-is-me songwriting from sounding (entirely) like a pity party.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 28, 2007



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Owning it

Matt Sharp learns to take the Rentals seriously
When Matt Sharp reassembled the Rentals last year after a half-decade hiatus, he didn’t do it out desperation.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 21, 2007

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VHS or Beta

Bring On the Comets | Astralwerks
The wordless, minute-long opener “Euglama,” though — that’s worth digging.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 20, 2007

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Bishop Allen

The Broken String | Dead Oceans
It’s like a ride within a ride.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 14, 2007

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Mae

Singularity | Capitol
Virginia Beach–based Mae play catchy, pretty pop-rock perfect for kids whose parents won’t let them wear their Death Cab for Cutie T-shirts to Sunday school.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  August 07, 2007

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Shivaree

Tainted Love: Mating Calls and Fight Songs | Zoe
The singer’s devotion to devotion defines the material.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 30, 2007



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Sister act

The unconventional rise of Tegan and Sara
There’s nothing conventional about Tegan and Sara.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 30, 2007

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Silverchair

Young Modern | Eleven
This thing is quite a feast.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 23, 2007

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Matt and Kim

Matt and Kim | iheartcomix
Not unlike a bottled Frappuccino, Matt & Kim’s homonymous debut is better than no Matt & Kim at all.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 17, 2007

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Travis

The Boy with No Name | Epic
Travis defy the very concept of surprise; their tasteful, tuneful guitar pop is about comfort and safety and always knowing what’s happening next.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 10, 2007

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Dolores O’Riordan

Are You Listening? | Sanctuary
Dolores O’Riordan won a place in alt-rock history for her yodel-streaked vocal stylings, not her penetrating insights.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 02, 2007


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