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Wrecking Ball

Dead Confederate
TAO

With a name like Dead Confederate, you might expect to hear a southern rock-influenced band. This album is that and more.

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Hail Mega Boys

J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Morphius

J. Roddy Walston & The Business mean business — searing, first-rate, old fashioned rock ’n’ roll business — but business nonetheless.

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Stray Age

Daniel Martin Moore
Sub Pop

This is what I’d call nighttime drive music: songs for chilly autumn roads winding through the lonely wastelands of Kentucky. Not surprisingly, these are the very places that spawned Mr.

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Silence Is Wild

Frida Hyvonen
Secretly Canadian

It must be the weather, something in the water or the two-pronged electrical plugs that makes Sweden the current capital of melancholic, poppy female singer-songwriters.

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Golden Smog is a slightly irreverent rock collective that never quite measures up to the bands from which the participants are on loan (Wilco, Jayhawks, Big Star, Soul Asylum, etc.).

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JJ Got Live RaTX

RTX
Drag City

A quick recap: Chinese Democracy leaked (and sucked) while Axl bartered a deal with Dr. Pepper.

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I Want to Go Where Things Are Beautiful

Nimrod Workman
Twos & Fews

There’s a haunting quality to the late Nimrod Workman’s voice.

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Skeletal Lamping

Of Montreal
(POLYVINYL)

Skeletal Lamping expands on Of Montreal’s more recent electro-heavy sound, similar to last year’s monumental release, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

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Dark Developments

Vic Chestnutt, Elf Power & The Amorphous Strums
(ORANGE TWIN)

Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power? What is this? Some experiment putting “old” in a room with “new”?

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SM Backwards

Serena Maneesh
(SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND)

This review has been a real bitch for me to write for one reason: How do you discuss two discs of unabashed retro-shoegaze without comparing the band to