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Aug 27, 2009 Music Mark Mallman

According to Invincible Criminal‘s accompanying press releases, this is Mark Mallman’s most lyric-driven album to date. His decision to change his typically self-deprecating and nihilistic lyrics resulted in a record that Mallman considers “alive, powerful, moving.”

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Aug 26, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

As summer simmers ever-so gently into autumn and this Hawaiian septet delivers a light tropical breeze through willing speakers (wait for dusk; the effect is awesome), even listeners garbed in season-appropriate attire might find themselves spectacularly underdressed. Adventures in Paradise is a smart and swank affair, the kind that usually hums between the walls of an air-conditioned nightclub.

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Aug 25, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

All that time in The Melvins is starting to rub off on the Big Biz fellas, as they seem intent on perversely sidestepping expectations. This one’s going to divide the fan base, no doubt. Many will see welcome growth; others will wonder what the hell happened. You could do bullet points on the changes (or infractions, depending on your ears).

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Aug 24, 2009 Music The Low Anthem

The Low Anthem’s Oh My God, Charlie Darwin might begin with hollowed, harmonized croons fronted by a stunning falsetto in the opener “Charlie Darwin,” but don’t be fooled: By the fourth track, “The Horizon is a Beltway,” the Providence-based trio is knee deep in gravelly vocals, roaring harmonica runs, and shouted choruses.

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Love Is All

Last Choice EP

What’s Your Rupture?

Aug 21, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

This quickie pairs “Last Choice,” one of the finer moments from Love Is All’s last full-length A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night, with five new tunes. Wyatt Cusick, who recorded the full-length, is also at the boards on the new songs, helping ensure the reverb-laden, raw garage attack that makes Love Is All’s punked-up pop tunes work so well.

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Aug 21, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Björk fans would be wise to clear room off of their shelves as another multi-platform collection from Iceland’s favorite pixie has been released. Voltaic is a gathering of material spawned from the release of the artist’s seventh full-length album, Volta. The centerpiece is a live album that features recordings from tour dates in Paris and Reykjavik.

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Aug 20, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Fans get a known quantity with each new Sunn O))) record. Bowel-rumbling, droning guitars that plod along like continental plates; the official duo of Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley accompanied by a rotating cast of guest stars; a dependable amount of experimentation in the recording process; and so on.

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Aug 20, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Electroclash god Felix Da Housecat has been chasing his “Silver Screen Shower Scene” hit song’s tail since the beginning of this decade, with mixed results. His latest artist album, He Was King, is yet another mixed bag of beats and pop.

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The Lovely Feathers

Fantasy of the Lot

Sparks Music/Tommy Boy

Aug 19, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

When Montréal’s The Lovely Feathers released their debut LP Hind Hind Legs in 2006, they were praised for their peppy choruses, high-energy hooks, and quirky lyrics. After a three-year hiatus, the electro rock outfit returns with Fantasy of the Lot (Sparks Music/Tommy Boy). Made in the same vein as Legs in terms of spaz factor, fuzzed-out guitars, and lyrical content, Fantasy unfortunately comes out below par nearly everywhere else.

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