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Apr 30, 2010 Music The Mynabirds

When Washington, DC duo Georgie James called it quits in 2008, Laura Burhenn wasted no time in moving on and moving forward. The Mynabirds, named after Neil Young and Rick James’ early Motown band, benefits greatly from her alluring songwriting and singular vocals.

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The Night Owls

DC/Zuda

By Peter Timony and Bobby Timony

Apr 30, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

I’m not crazy about the cover dress on The Night Owls, the trade compilation derived from a title running on DC’s Zuda online project. After all, one of the coolest things about The Night Owls is the sort of olde timey feel of it, and the garish orange and full color, oversized renditions of the characters are an eyesore that’s not doing the very good content any favors.

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Apr 29, 2010 Live Avi Buffalo

Long Beach foursome Avi Buffalo played a 30-minute live in-store at stalwart local indie shop Fingerprints on Monday night, the eve of the release of the band’s eponymous debut record. Friends, family, and fans gathered to see the band perform seven of the 10 songs from its eponymous Sub-Pop LP.

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Apr 29, 2010 Music Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3

Robyn Hitchcock’s new album with his Venus 3 (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin) was actually recorded in 2006, after the group’s debut, Olé Tarantula, and before last year’s Goodnight Oslo, its delayed release a product of Hitchcock’s simply not having finished the tracks. But Propellor Time rivals the best of his new band’s work.

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Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels

Dark Horse

Written by Mike Mignola; art by Ben Stenbeck; colors by Dave Stewart

Apr 29, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Sir Edward Grey is a handy man to have around when something weird is going down. Known as “Witchfinder” to some, owing to one of his earliest adventures (reprinted at the end of this volume), Sir Edward is a paranormal investor in London during the late 1800s.

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Quadron

Quadron

Plug Research

Apr 28, 2010 Music Quadron

Although adorably anachronistic, Quadron (producer Robin Hannibal and the one-named singer Coco) never delve into kitsch on their self-titled debut album. Instead, the Danish duo faithfully mash up funk, electro, and R&B into a delicious, featherweight sonic brew. The problem is, that while pleasing, Quadron seem content to settle for paying homage to their influences rather than emulating genre originators’ conviction or ennui.

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Spawn: Origins Collection Book 1

Image

Art by Todd McFarlane; written by McFarlane with contributions from Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Dave Sim, and Frank Mille

Apr 28, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Talk about a pleasant surprise. Spawn: Origins Collection Book 1 reprints Spawn issues 1-12, which started publishing in 1992. It was one of the opening salvos from Image Comics, and boy was it popular.

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Apr 27, 2010 Music Avi Buffalo

Behold: proof youth is not wasted on the young. While you were whittling away your high school years on high-schoolish things, Long Beach four-piece Avi Buffalo was busy crafting breezy pop anthems that would land them a deal with Sub Pop before any member could legally drink.

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Fang Island

Fang Island

Sargent House

Apr 26, 2010 Music Fang Island

Are they an indie-rock band playing prog, or a prog band playing indie rock? The Brooklyn-based Fang Island has a positive vibe to their sound that seems a bit incongruous compared to the bent-over intensity of many bands playing a progressive type of rock, but their debut album leaves no question that these guys could hold their own in a rumble with Porcupine Tree.

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