• The Eternals : Heavy International

     To confuse the Indiana-based trio named The Eternals for the Chicago-based trio with the same name would be downright hilarious.  The former is a pasty southern gospel group while the latter specializes in making some of experimental hip-hop's most intricate grooves.   If either...

  • The Apples In Stereo : New Magnetic Wonder

     It’s been five years since the last Apples in Stereo studio album, 2002’s Velocity of Sound.  One could be concerned that The Apples’ bright, catchy music might feel out of place today, if not a retread, or that the band itself might have changed so...
  • Harlem Shakes : Burning Birthdays EP

     The garage dance Harlem Shakes have got nothing to do with Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, but instead hail from the only part of New York that is more likely to be followed by an exclamation point, Brooklyn.  

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  • Idlewild : Make Another World

    After motoring uphill on an increasingly steeper slope of fame, expectation, and contractual obligation, Scotland's Idlewild have finally ridden over the crest, thrown it in neutral, and can just coast now....
  • Au Revoir Simone : The Bird Of Music

     Au Revoir Simone are Sirens.  With innocently enchanting synthpop, the three Brooklyn gals can take you by surprise so that you'll keep listening just to make sure they're real.  Their second album, The Bird of Music, features their fluffy electronica and meek rhythms in...

  • Malcolm Middleton : A Brighter Beat

     It's easy to feel down.  It's easy to feel good, too.  What's difficult is doing them both at the same time.  Enter Malcolm Middleton - formerly half of Arab Strap - whose third solo album, A Brighter Beat, is a clever fusion of melancholy lyrics...
  • !!! : Myth Takes

     Whatever you call the massively-hyped dance/funk/punk movement of the early 21st, !!! has just pushed it forward another huge step.  Their new album, Myth Takes, has a lot of the same raw energy that's been shaking all those booties the last few years, but takes...
  • Pontiak : Valley of Cats

     Typically when three brothers put their heads together, it turns out pretty well.  It may be a little more homespun than usual, that can be a good thing.  In the case of Pontiak, a family trio from rural Virginia, their debut album, Valley of Cats,...
  • The Bees (UK) : Octopus

     It's probably no coincidence that The Bees, from the Isle of Wight, have a sound that recalls the late '60s/early '70s.  The majority of the world knows the Isle for one thing - its festival, which was immensely famous during that time.  Having roots on...