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


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


Dashboard Confessional: The Shade of the Poison Trees

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


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


Bishop Allen

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



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



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


Sister act

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



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


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



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


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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