CD Review: Robyn — Body Talk Pt. 2; Playing Buckhead Theatre, November 8

CD Review: Robyn — Body Talk Pt. 2; Playing Buckhead Theatre, November 8

Robyn Body Talk Pt. 2 Konichiwa / Cherrytree By Cory Albertson Three months after releasing Body Talk Pt. 1, which contained a piece of pop perfection in the single “Dancing on My Own,” Robyn returns with Body Talk Pt. 2, continuing the series’ excellent electropop experimentations. With fellow Swede Klas Åhlund (Sugababes, Kylie Minogue) acting […]

CD Review: Lauris Vidal — Better Part; Playing The Drunken Unicorn, September 8

CD Review: Lauris Vidal — Better Part; Playing The Drunken Unicorn, September 8

Lauris Vidal Better Part P Is For Panda By Giles Turnbull Lauris Vidal’s work is characterized by carefully sparse band arrangements, making his songs always sound fresh because of the space that seems to let them breathe.  His effective writing finds many different and interesting ways to do this from one track to the next. […]

CD Review: Bobby Bare Jr. — A Storm – A Tree – My Mother’s Head; Playing The EARL, September 21

CD Review: Bobby Bare Jr. — A Storm – A Tree – My Mother’s Head; Playing The EARL, September 21

Bobby Bare Jr. A Storm – A Tree – My Mother’s Head Naked Albino Recordings By Micah McLain The majority of Bobby Bare Jr.’s recordings take a while to really get into your head and settle in, and his latest album is no exception. Although he stays mostly within the realm of alt-country, his lyrics […]

CD Review: Paloma Faith — Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?

CD Review: Paloma Faith — Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?

Paloma Faith Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? SIN / Sony UK By Giles Turnbull Press play and the room transforms into a lively jazz-era dance hall, complete with house band. Onto the stage comes Paloma Faith, a British singer-songwriter, bringing with her a stylish infusion of pop, trip hop and soul, cutting […]

CD Review: Lakes — The Agreement

CD Review: Lakes — The Agreement

Lakes The Agreement Self-released By Giles Turnbull “Life? Don’t talk to me about life!” says Marvin the Paranoid Android, repeatedly, in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I harbor a suspicion that Marvin might have co-written many of the lyrics on Lakes’ debut album, The Agreement. Admittedly it’s been a summer full of exceedingly, in some […]

CD Review: Jenny and Johnny — I’m Having Fun Now; Playing the Fox Theatre on October 30

CD Review: Jenny and Johnny — I’m Having Fun Now; Playing the Fox Theatre on October 30

Jenny and Johnny I’m Having Fun Now Warner Brothers By Al Kaufman Those who complain that Rilo Kiley does not  have enough Jenny Lewis will have the same problem with Jenny and Johnny. Jenny and her flame, Johnathan Rice, basically trade songs on their coming out disc, relegating the other person to back-up harmonies and […]

CD Review: Darker My Love — Alive As You Are

CD Review: Darker My Love — Alive As You Are

Darker My Love Alive As You Are Dangerbird Records By Al Kaufman Darker My Love fans who have come to expect reverb-filled psychedelia are going to be grossly disappointed in Alive As You Are, their third release. However, those who mourn the pleasing harmonies and jangly guitars of the now defunct Americana darlings, The Jayhawks, […]

CD Review: Oranjuly — Oranjuly

CD Review: Oranjuly — Oranjuly

Oranjuly Oranjuly Self-released By Lizzie Burnham When Oranjuly was delivered to my inbox, the fleeting hope that they were from The Netherlands came to mind.  Even though they are not the Oranje, they are not to be written off.  This power pop quintet, whose name consists of orange and July, hails from Boston, Mas., and […]

CD Review: Apocalyptica — 7th Symphony; Playing Center Stage, August 30

CD Review: Apocalyptica — 7th Symphony; Playing Center Stage, August 30

Apocalyptica 7th Symphony Jive/Sony Music By Ellen Eldridge As August draws to a close, Apocalyptica announces one of the best releases of 2010, and I can confidently say this having been unable to stop playing the ten tracks on 7th Symphony since receiving the CD. For a band of Finnish cello rockers, Apocalyptica have come […]

CD Review: Dead Confederate — Sugar

CD Review: Dead Confederate — Sugar

Dead Confederate Sugar The Artists Organization (TAO) By Ellen Eldridge From the start of the warping and undulating tones of the guitars, it would be easy to instantly feel lost. For fans who expected some semblance of similarity from the debut Wrecking Ball, prepare to take a turn through the jungle of sound and emotion […]

CD Review: Scissor Sisters — Night Work; Playing The Buckhead Theatre, August 21

CD Review: Scissor Sisters — Night Work; Playing The Buckhead Theatre, August 21

Scissor Sisters Night Work Downtown Music/Polydor By Leila Regan-Porter New York City’s Scissor Sisters is one of those bands that is just hugely popular overseas. The group joins the formidable list that includes the likes of The Strokes, White Stripes, The Killers, Kelis and Kings of Leons – all American artists that blew up in […]

CD Review: Arcade Fire — The Suburbs

CD Review: Arcade Fire — The Suburbs

Arcade Fire The Suburbs Merge By Al Kaufman Arcade Fire is the most popular band on the planet right now. They didn’t get there by being subtle. Their wildly popular Neon Bible was their grandiose statement concerning the political climate circa 2006 (hint: they didn’t like it). Funeral, well let’s just say it was rather […]

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