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  • Justice: 'Audio, Video, Disco' Published 11/23/2011 at 1:39 p.m. 0 comments

    For a duo of French beatmakers trying by default to escape Daft Punk’s shadow, Justice spends much of its sophomore album following up on the promise of that group’s Alive 2007, which blurred forever the line between rave and live ...

  • Atlas Sound: 'Parallax' Published 11/16/2011 at 10:08 a.m. 0 comments

    Parallax is vintage Cox—a potent mix of throbbing psychedelia, experimentation, and razor-sharp pop hooks.

  • Miranda Lambert: 'Four the Record' Published 11/16/2011 at 10:01 a.m. 0 comments

    The cover of Miranda Lambert’s fourth album shows the singer walking away from a vintage car on fire. It’s an update of her arrival on the country music scene back in 2005 with the incendiary honky-tonk firebug revenge fantasy “Kerosene.” ...

  • Kathrn Calder: 'Bright and Vivid' Published 11/9/2011 at 10:23 a.m. 0 comments

    For a singer with a voice this gorgeous, for a songwriter with melodies this striking, Kathryn Calder sure does like noise.

  • Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats: 'Blood Lust' Published 11/9/2011 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments

    Uncle Acid traffics in occult classic rock, drawing its inspiration from Hammer horror films, the Stooges, the first four Black Sabbath albums, and The Satanic Bible.

  • The Dex Romweber Duo: 'Is That You in the Blue?' Published 11/2/2011 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments

    The second album from former Flat Duo Jets frontman Dexter Romweber and his sister, Sara, is a tour through Romweber’s career, from the unhinged punkabilly and psychotic country of his earliest lo-fi recordings to the swinging lounge- and surf-inflected jazz-rock ...

  • Deer Tick: 'Divine Providence' Published 11/2/2011 at 10:19 a.m. 0 comments

    This Rhode Island quintet’s fourth full-length is jam-packed with bouts of chronic stupidity.

  • My Brightest Diamond: 'All Things Will Unwind' Published 10/26/2011 at 10:06 a.m. 0 comments

    Shara Worden’s classically rubbed art-rock is so precious, it could crumble if you listened to it too hard.

  • Darius Jones Trio: 'Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)' Published 10/26/2011 at 10:03 a.m. 0 comments

    There’s a cry at the heart of alto saxophonist Darius Jones’ sound.

  • The Jayhawks: 'Mockingbird Time' Published 10/19/2011 at 11:31 a.m. 0 comments

    There are a lot of nice tunes here, and a lot of lyrics that bear the imprint of mid-life reckoning with love, death, failure, and the small joys of life.

  • Casiokids: 'Aabenbaringen over aaskammen' Published 10/19/2011 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments

    The third full-length from this Norwegian synth-pop quartet might be an exotic mouthful as far as pronunciation goes, but the slick grooves found within speak a universal tongue.

  • Matthew Herbert: 'One Pig' Published 10/12/2011 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments

    A disquieting electronic album built around the life and death of a single animal.

  • Bill Orcutt: 'How the Thing Sings' Published 10/12/2011 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments

    Depending on how literally you want to take it, the “thing” referenced in the title could be Bill Orcutt’s guitar, a battered acoustic with the A and D strings missing. Or maybe the “thing” is Orcutt himself, the former guitarist ...

  • Mastodon: 'The Hunter' Published 10/5/2011 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments

    After nearly a decade of increasing complexity, Atlanta master heshers Mastodon sort of dial it back on their fifth album.

  • The Mekons: 'Ancient & Modern' Published 10/5/2011 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments

    The Mekons aren’t my favorite band because I believe they’ve made the best music ever. But I can’t think of a cooler band.