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Posted August 20, 2014in Sound Check

Brian Setzer “Rockabilly Riot! All Original!” Surfdog Brian Setzer is like your second favorite uncle. When he walks into the room, you’re always like, “Hey! Uncle Brian is here!” and everyone has a great time. But when he’s not around, you’re never like, “I wonder where Uncle Brian is?” Setzer’s

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Posted August 13, 2014in Sound Check

The Muffs “Whoop Dee Doo” Burger Records It’s usually not a good sign when a band takes an extended hiatus from releasing new music. But any reports of The Muffs’ demise have been greatly exaggerated. A decade after their last release, Kim Shattuck, Ronnie Barnett and Roy McDonald have not

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Posted August 06, 2014in Sound Check

Spoon “They Want My Soul” Anti Spoon is the band that can do no wrong. For the bulk of its career, the Austin, Texas, four-piece has enjoyed the mantle of “critical darlings” — a term usually reserved for bands that manage to impress the people who wield pens for a

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Posted July 30, 2014in Sound Check

La Roux “Trouble in Paradise” Polydor The title of La Roux’s sophomore studio effort is retroactively ironic, should one choose to consider the recent split — and subsequent Twitter spat — of singer Elly Jackson and producer Ben Langmaid. As such, it would appear that “Trouble in Paradise” is the

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Posted July 23, 2014in Sound Check

Red Wanting Blue “Little America” Fanatic Records Depending on how you look at it, Little America’s opening track, “Hallelujah,” is either the best or worst track to start the album. On the plus side, it’s a tremendous table-setter with its huge, sweeping sound and frontman Scott Terry’s Marcus Mumford-esque vocals.

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Posted July 16, 2014in Sound Check

Morrissey “World Peace is None of Your Business” Capitol The title track of Morrissey’s 10th solo album is one of the most eye-rollingly pretentious things he’s ever done. If you’re even slightly familiar with Morrissey’s work, you know what a tall order that is. Once he gets that out of

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Posted July 09, 2014in Sound Check

Robin Thicke “Paula” Interscope I don’t know if Robin Thicke is really a horrible person or not, but there’s no doubt he’s got a bad habit of ruining everything he touches lately. “Blurred Lines” was bad. Not necessarily as bad as it was made out to be, but then Thicke

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Posted July 02, 2014in Sound Check

Phish “Fuego” ATO Records People don’t tend to care much about Phish’s studio albums. There’s just something about that “live jam” feel that the band has never really been able to translate into a studio cut. But, you know, hope springs eternal. So is “Fuego” the album that makes people

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Posted June 25, 2014in Sound Check

Cerebral Ballzy “Jaded & Faded” Cult If hardcore skater punk is your thing, Cerebral Ballzy is your band. The longest song they’ve ever written is just over three minutes long, and lead singer Honor Titus carries a kind of lyric drawl that’s somewhere between Joey Ramone and Mike Muir. “Jaded

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Posted June 18, 2014in Sound Check

Lana Del Rey “Ultraviolence” Polydor There’s a school of thought that says “Ultraviolence” is an unnecessary album. Del Rey herself seemed on the fence about making any more music after 2012’s “Born to Die,” and, indeed, many people found that album to be nothing more than a one-trick pony, albeit

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