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#albumoftheday REVIEW: DUM DUM GIRLS: TOO TRUE

Dum Dum Girls’ first release, a cassette called Blissed Out, was as lo-fi as you can possibly get. Or pretty close to it. To my ears, it sounded less like lo-fi and more like shit. (It was a bedroom recording, in their defense.) But my opinion of the group has gotten progressively better...
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BUTCH WALKER TO RELEASE RECORD STORE DAY 10″

The great Butch Walker has announced that he’s releasing a Record Store Day 10″.  Here’s the word from his e-mail: “Hey hey hey! Record Store Day is upon us, and as a vinyl lover, I couldn’t be more excited about putting out A 10″ with two favorites from the last tour shows that...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: CHARLOTTE MARTIN: WATER BREAKS STONE

I discovered Charlotte Martin by chance in 2007. I was browsing the CDs at Newbury Comics — this was before I started buying vinyl 95% of the time — and I came across a used copy of Charlotte Martin’s Stromata. I was immediately intrigued because, well, she looked awfully pretty on the cover....
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#songoftheday of MONTREAL: “JIGSAW PUZZLE”


of Montreal's “Jigsaw Puzzle” was recorded during the Lousy with Sylvianbriar sessions and will be available as a limited edition 7" on Record Store Day 2014. And, wow, we are quite impressed with it! It's just bursting with kinetic energy. One of their most upbeat...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: WARPAINT: WARPAINT

Usually if a band is going to release a self-titled album it’s going to be their debut. If not, then it usually happens later in their career after they’re several albums in and want to announce that they’re changing direction, or perhaps that they’ve finally found themselves again after a bad album or...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: PAINTED PALMS: FOREVER

The story of Painted Palms is an interesting one. When cousins Reese Donohue and Chris Prudhomme first began making music together Donohue was living in San Francisco and Prudhomme was living near New Orleans. They started sending ideas for songs back and forth via e-mail and before they knew it they were creating...
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LOVE IS POP’S 60 BEST ALBUMS OF 2013!!!

by Michael McCarthy When I say that these are the “60 Best Albums of 2013,” I’m just saying that these were my favorite albums this year. I’m simply entitling this piece “60 Best Albums of 2013” instead of “60 Favorite Albums of 2013” because everyone always uses the term “Best Of,” not favorite....
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: BEST COAST: FADE AWAY

Best Coast — the dynamic duo comprised of singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno — have been labeled *a lot* of different things since their mighty impressive 2010 debut, Crazy For You. Dream-pop, power-pop, alternative-rock, alternative-pop, indie rock, indie pop, lo-fi, surf pop, garage rock — take your pick. But there’s a...
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EP SPOTLIGHT: THE WALKING STICKS: SEND THE NIGHT

In 2008, when twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst were just 16 years old, they became the youngest songwriters signed by Cherry Lane Music Publishing (now BMG). Cherry Lane’s roster includes such heavyweights as Black Eyed Peas and John Legend. In 2009, singer/songwriter Chelsea Lee was signed to Atlantic Records. In 2011, she...
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#albumoftheday PLACEBO: LOUD LIKE LOVE

“Can you imagine a love that is so proud / It never has to question why or how?” asks Placebo vocalist Brian Molko over glittery guitars during “Loud Like Love,” the upbeat opening and title track from the band’s new and seventh album. “We are loud like love / We are loud like...
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#albumoftheday BLOC PARTY: THE NEXTWAVE SESSIONS

There was a time when I thought Bloc Party could do no wrong. Their first two albums — Silent Alarm (2005) and A Weekend In The City (2007) — were brilliant in my opinion. And, considering the critical acclaim and awards they received, it would seem the world agreed. The B-sides from those...
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#albumoftheday / FEATURE REVIEW: KITTEN: LIKE A STRANGER

Kitten’s charming frontwoman Chloe Chaidez grew up in a musical household. Her father was a drummer from LA’s early punk scene and he introduced her to artists like David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Mott The Hoople during their long drives to her gymnastics classes when she was just a kid. They spent an...
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