Wrecking Ball

Dead Confederate

With a name like Dead Confederate, you might expect to hear a southern rock-influenced band. This album is that and more.

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Hail Mega Boys

J. Roddy Walston & The Business

J. Roddy Walston & The Business mean business — searing, first-rate, old fashioned rock ’n’ roll business — but business nonetheless.

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Stray Age

Daniel Martin Moore
Sub Pop

This is what I’d call nighttime drive music: songs for chilly autumn roads winding through the lonely wastelands of Kentucky. Not surprisingly, these are the very places that spawned Mr.

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Silence Is Wild

Frida Hyvonen
Secretly Canadian

It must be the weather, something in the water or the two-pronged electrical plugs that makes Sweden the current capital of melancholic, poppy female singer-songwriters.

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Golden Smog is a slightly irreverent rock collective that never quite measures up to the bands from which the participants are on loan (Wilco, Jayhawks, Big Star, Soul Asylum, etc.).


JJ Got Live RaTX

Drag City

A quick recap: Chinese Democracy leaked (and sucked) while Axl bartered a deal with Dr. Pepper.


I Want to Go Where Things Are Beautiful

Nimrod Workman
Twos & Fews

There’s a haunting quality to the late Nimrod Workman’s voice.

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Skeletal Lamping

Of Montreal

Skeletal Lamping expands on Of Montreal’s more recent electro-heavy sound, similar to last year’s monumental release, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

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Dark Developments

Vic Chestnutt, Elf Power & The Amorphous Strums

Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power? What is this? Some experiment putting “old” in a room with “new”?

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SM Backwards

Serena Maneesh

This review has been a real bitch for me to write for one reason: How do you discuss two discs of unabashed retro-shoegaze without comparing the band to