• Furvis : Carpe Carpet (The Soft Explosion)

     On their debut album, Cambridge’s own Furvis does not surprise, but often delights.  These kids played together for seven-plus years before being featured at this November’s CMJ Boston Music Showcase, and they have used that time to hone their craft; Carpé Carpet (The Soft Explosion)...
  • The Rest : Atlantis, Oh Our Saviour

     The indie-rock wave out of The Great White North these past few years has been the biggest thing to hit Canadian music since Rush.  This surge, however, is no longer limited to Toronto and Montreal, but has spread to smaller cities just north of the...

  • The Slip : Eisenhower

     The Slip, a Boston trio known for their enthralling live act, turn in their jazz hats for radio-rock caps on their first album for their new label, Bar/None Records.  As a result, fortune has certainly been shining on the band lately, winning "Best Live Act"...
  • The Immediate : In Towers & Clouds

     The Immediate may be the first four-person band to claim that they have “four vocalists, three drummers, three guitarists, and three bassists.”  These four multi-talented art school kids are making their name as a headliner on the 2FM 2moro 2our, for the top music radio...
  • The Long Blondes : Someone To Drive You Home

     After releasing a slew of hype machine singles and playing many well-received gigs, The Long Blondes are finally set to drop their debut.  Garnering attention for their "glamorous punk" and Kate Jackson's strong lead vocals, most of their early sound was raw and feverish, but...
  • The Shins : Wincing the Night Away

     After becoming pop culture darlings, The Shins have waited three years to drop another album, and it's paying off with a more highly-evolved collection of celestial pop/rock.  Their third album, Wincing the Night Away, is more serious, yet more spirited in ways than their previous...
  • Pavement : Wowee Zowee (Sorted Sentinels Ed.)

     When Pavement released Wowee Zowee in the spring of 1995, legions of rock critics and Generation X fans were disappointed.  Three years earlier, Pavement had jumped into the front ranks of the post-Nevermind indie rock explosion with their raw and superb debut, Slanted &...

  • Menomena : Friend and Foe

     Menomena, perhaps the most lovable alt-jazz blaster masters, are back with a more "normal" full length.  Their last album was a three-song soundtrack that didn't really help us define who we think we'd thought Menomena could be:  a complex, crazy rock band.   ...
  • +/- : Let’s Build A Fire

     While Brooklyn’s Versus is officially ‘on hiatus,’ it’s been six years since their last album, the valedictory-titled Hurrah, and guitarist James Baluyut now has his third full +/- (plus/minus) release, Let’s Build a Fire (the second with Versus drummer and +/- guitarist, Patrick Ramos)....