For the Record – 10/14/10

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October 14, 2010

Artist |Walkmen Album |Lisbon The reign of the dejected, early-2000s post-punk rockers is over. The Strokes have failed to produce a notable work in almost seven years and, as one of my esteemed colleagues once said, The Libertines have fallen to shambles. And while most bands associated with this mov...

For the Record 9/30/10

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September 30, 2010

Artist |Frankie Rose & the Outs Album |Hollow Life I was surprised listening to the first track off Frankie Rose’s most recent project — surprised that perhaps Frankie is past the stylized lo-fi noise that has defined her storied yet short musical career. In fact, I felt that “Hollow Life” ...

For the Record – 9/23/10

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September 23, 2010

Artist |Robyn Album |Body Talk, Pt. 2 If you’re like me, you’ve probably found yourself lost in the ever-growing world of electropop music (think Lady Gaga or Passion Pit) at some point in the last few years. The solution? Robyn’s Body Talk, Pt. 2. On the middle installment of her ambitious ...

For the Record – 9/16/10

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September 16, 2010

On their first two albums, Arcade Fire captured the intensity of existential crises. Funeral, as the album title suggests, sought to find a way to cope with death at a young age, ultimately favoring acceptance over escapism. On the hit track “Rebellion (Lies),” the chorus — in a repeated, assured...

For the Record.. – 05/06/10

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May 6, 2010

It’s towards the end of “Shame, Shame,” Dr. Dog’s sixth LP, where the band describes itself better than any reviewer could: “I’m just a memory … there’s no reflection here at all.” Dr. Dog is an apparition — a “memory” of a past era, a feel-good mood that was born during the...

For the Record – 04/29/10

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April 29, 2010

Everything about She & Him’s second album, “Volume Two,” drips with nostalgia. From the retro cover art of a lonely schoolgirl to the sunny soft rock production to singer Zooey Deschanel’s aching reflections on past romances, it’s an album that owes much to the California dreamin’ singer-songwriters...

For the Record – 04/22/10

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April 21, 2010

Were you a fan of MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular,” or, more particularly, of “Electric Feel,” “Kids” and “Time to Pretend”? Have you had fun blasting the infectious “Daylight” by Matt & Kim out of your fast moving vehicle? These tunes are great, and, with the “indie” label...

For the Record… – 04/15/10

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April 14, 2010

Prior to the release of MGMT’s “Congratulations,” the duo delivered one of the boldest and most outrageous statements since the great Kanye/Swift feud of 2009. In an interview with NME, they revealed that their latest LP would not contain any radio-friendly singles. Rather, they intended each...

For the Record… – 04/08/10

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April 7, 2010

On The Morning Benders’ most popular YouTube video, front man Christopher Chu, claims that, on the track “Excuses,” he was going for a Phil Spector, Wall of Sound style. So, in the video, The Morning Benders gather fellow San Franciscans — about 50, no joke — to record the song. I’m a sucker...

For the Record – 03/18/10

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March 18, 2010

Titus Andronicus’ second LP, “The Monitor,” was released on the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the legendary Civil War naval battle between ironclad warships. But why derive the album’s name from this battle, release the album on its anniversary and name the epic, 14-minute...

For the Record – 03/10/10

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March 11, 2010

“Introducing,” the appropriately titled debut album from the San Francisco all-female trio Brilliant Colors, is unmistakably a product of the 21st century. Like so many other recent indie bands, the group borrows heavily from noisy, lo-fi, and instantly hummable underground acts of the ’80s and...

For the Record – 03/04/10

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March 4, 2010

Local Natives is a new band with a great idea: Borrow successful sounds from current artists and mix them in such a way that gives your band a unique identity. Their debut album, “Gorilla Manor,” released on Feb. 16, is so accessible because the elements of the collective sound are so familiar. Consider,...

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