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Art Brut Billiant!Tragic! Album Cover

Art Brut – Brilliant! Tragic!

written by: Cody Prentiss on June 6, 2011

Their fourth release, Brilliant! Tragic!, maintains the status quo by sticking to what the band does best, punk rock that doesn’t take itself seriously.

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Explosions Under the Lights

written by: Cody Prentiss on May 26, 2011

Sports fervor combined with teen angst is the epitome of raw feeling, and Explosions in The Sky’s ability to carry emotional heft through instrumental prog-rock makes them ideal messengers for it

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Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting

written by: Cody Prentiss on May 4, 2011

At its worst Woon has made derivative pop that’s too smooth for its own good with lyrics that are too mellow and downtrodden too really enjoy. At its best Woon’s minimalistic songs offer great ambiance and synth mixed with heartfelt lyrics fit for bedrooms.

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Arboretum The Gathering Album Cover

Arbouretum – The Gathering

written by: Cody Prentiss on April 18, 2011

Arbouretum put too much of their energy into exploring their favorite intellectual concepts instead of actually constructing music with its own peaks and valleys.

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Graveyard – Hisigen Blues

written by: Cody Prentiss on April 15, 2011

Hisingen Blues is a winning mix of lo-fi instruments and tight musicianship. You won’t find any synth or other newfangled production techniques here.

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Travis Barker – Give the Drummer Some

written by: Cody Prentiss on April 6, 2011

One is curious as to what a percussionist sounds like when he moves to the front. With the help of a lot of friends, the answer is pretty damn good.

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Social Distortion Self-titled Album Cover

A Different Breed of Punk

written by: Cody Prentiss on March 21, 2011

The energetic spirit of punk lives well in the music, and front man Mike Ness writes simple songs with high energy and gusto. One would feel more sympathy for his woes if he didn’t make such enjoyable music from them.

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