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Crocodiles – Sleep Forever

Crocodiles – Sleep Forever

December 13, 2010, By

A hazy mix of fuzzed out guitars, whirling organs and waves of reverb greet the listener on Sleep Forever, Crocodiles’ second full-length. The follow-up to 2009’…

Salem – King Night

Salem – King Night

December 13, 2010, By

Rarely does an album title fit the music as well as Salem’s debut does. The moody atmospheric King Night feels like 4 a.m. in …

No Age – Everything In Between

No Age – Everything In Between

December 13, 2010, By

No Age’s third album resides in the area between punk and dance music, which makes for a record that sounds both viscerally rebellious and …

Acorn – No Ghost

Acorn – No Ghost

December 13, 2010, By

The latest Acorn album has the good graces to make the surroundings of its listener seem a little more rustic and Canadian (it was recored …

Unicycle Loves You – Mirror, Mirror

Unicycle Loves You – Mirror, Mirror

December 13, 2010, By

Can an album have too many hooks? On its sophomore album, Chicago power-pop group Unicycle Loves You attempts to answer that question by stuffing every …

Chico Mann – Analog Drift

Chico Mann – Analog Drift

December 13, 2010, By

With a father who was a record label head and producer, music has always been central to Marcos Garcia’s life. It wasn’t until 2004, …

Squarepusher – Shobaleader One: d’Demonstrator

Squarepusher – Shobaleader One: d’Demonstrator

December 13, 2010, By

Prolific English drum and-bass artist Squarepusher (né Tom Jenkinson) begins his newest album with “Plug Me In,” a track built on a slow, jaunting drum-line …

Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz

Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz

December 13, 2010, By

The Age Of Adz is the first LP for winsome chamber pop folkie Sufjan Stevens in five years. The album’s strange title (its last …

Pigeon John – Dragon Slayer

Pigeon John – Dragon Slayer

December 13, 2010, By

Immediately at the start of his latest album, Pigeon John shows off his in-your-face style, updating swing for the 21st century with “The Bomb.” The …

Rustie – Sunburst [EP]

Rustie – Sunburst [EP]

December 13, 2010, By

Baby-faced beat-killer Rustie slays us once again with his shimmering, blipped-out ADHD concoctions. The Glaswegian producer pulls five instrumentals of chopped soul vocals and electronic …

Warpaint – The Fool

Warpaint – The Fool

December 13, 2010, By

Though Warpaint’s actual debut was 2008’s Exquisite Corpse, the quartet has truly come into its own on The Fool, its first LP for Rough …

Profile: Free Yr Radio

Profile: Free Yr Radio

December 13, 2010, By

Gregg Flotlin Senior Manager, Consumer Engagement 206 Inc. Can you tell us a little bit about Free Yr Radio’s Mission? Since 2007, Toyota’s Free Yr …

On The Verge: Tennis

On The Verge: Tennis

December 13, 2010, By

“I really like you, but I’m leaving on a sailboat after college.” The origin of breezy Denver-based band Tennis can be traced back to …

On The Verge: Zola Jesus

On The Verge: Zola Jesus

December 13, 2010, By

When CMJ hears from Nika Roza Danilova, more widely known to those outside of her northern Wisconsin hometown as Zola Jesus, she’s just finishing …

On The Verge: Big Freedia

On The Verge: Big Freedia

December 13, 2010, By

Since the late ’90s, New Orleans rapper Big Freedia has been perfecting the art of New Orleans bounce, a sub-genre of hip-hop built around call-and-response …

On The Verge: Darkstar

On The Verge: Darkstar

December 13, 2010, By

“Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer,” a fever-dream track with a lithe, sinewy melody that streams through artful silences, electronic marimbas and a downtempo beat, …