• The Bluetones : The Bluetones

    The new, self-titled Bluetones' album drops in October, and it's another in a fine line of lite Britpop.  It features a sound that's held up solidly over the last decade, featuring Mark Morriss' signature, tinny vocals and a cool, mid-tempo swing.  

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  • Bent : Intercept!

     Bent's fourth album, Intercept!, picks up after Ariels and further masters their blend of eccentric chillout and ethereal house.  The secret ingredient is an unconventional lushness from the duo's signature background effects and array of beats.  The tag team of Nail Tolliday and...

  • Nicky Wire : I Killed The Zeitgeist

     The first solo album by Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire, I Killed The Zeitgeist  shows off the lyrical talent that has gained him so much notoreity as part of the Manics.  Known as being the mellow one of the group, his album reflects...

  • Now It’s Overhead : Dark Light Daybreak

    Like a prairie storm rolling through, Now It's Overhead's new release, Dark Light Daybreak, taps Andy LeMaster's extensive production talents to spawn a robust drencher of an album.  LeMaster, a touted engineer and multi-instrumentalist teamed up with members of Azure Ray and drummer Chad Leverett...

  • The Legends : Facts And Figures

    Facts and Figures is sugary, crystalline IDM by way of Swedish electronicians, The Legends.  The nine or so members of the group have refined an album saturated by arpeggiations remniscient of New Order.  But a lot more child-like.   

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  • Over the Atlantic : Junica

    Laptop pop is all about synthetic drumming, cruising guitar, and various background blippage.  Over the Atlantic is all about laptop pop.  With soft vocals and a mellow techrock feel, the duo of Bevan Smith and Nik Brinkman create a night-time smoothness with their album Junica...

  • C/O/R/D : Other People’s Lives…

    Britpop always seems to fill in its own gaps.  As bands shoot to the top of charts, there are several others that keenly borrow sounds, as the fervor of being the next big thing in British rock is well-documented.  In this case, somewhere between Elbow,...

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    Ima Robot : Search & Destroy EP

    ima robot - search & destroy epLeading up to their second album, Monument to the Masses, Ima Robot recorded roughly 100 songs.  While a dozen of these went to the new full-length, the band decided to dedicate nine more to non-EP/LP called Search & Destroy.  This...

  • Stoney : The Scene and the Unseen

     Where rock and pop collide, expansion meets introspection in a delicate balance.  Employing the sweeping Britpop sound of the 90's and quick, biting lyrics of recent, popular Northern acts, Mark Stoney has hand-crafted tunes worthy of arenas, pubs, and bathtubs - by himself.  ...