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Nada Surf Has Maturednew

Nada Surf continues to fill its second act with songs that are rarely too clever for their own good and that are never afraid to reach for genuine emotion.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  03-28-2008  |  Reviews

Bob Mould Cranks Pain Through Amplifiersnew

On District Line, the unwelcome knowledge is that growing older is no guarantee, where the heart is concerned, of growing wiser.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  02-22-2008  |  Reviews

Coheed and Cambria: Dedicated to Conceptsnew

The full album title is Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow, and it's the second part of the two-part conclusion of a five-part science-fiction rock opera about two characters named Coheed and Cambria, which is of course also the name of the band.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  11-19-2007  |  Reviews

The Sadies in Touch with Their Inner Cowboysnew

Their latest album, New Seasons, continues the country-rock winning streak they've been racking up, both on their own and with friends like Neko Case and Jon Langford.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  11-05-2007  |  Reviews

Chicago's Bloodshot Records Diversifiesnew

The label's next step comes in the form of two recent releases: a barroom rumble from Deadstring Brothers, the other a fey tumble from The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  10-22-2007  |  Reviews

Save the Toddler-sized Wilco T-shirtsnew

Ronnie McCoury creates a bluegrass CD for kids that parents can listen to. Better yet, McCoury doesn't try to be cool while doing it.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  09-24-2007  |  Reviews

Maybe 2007 will be Better for Film Schoolnew

Inside the downward-cast glances of Film School's music -- the term "shoegaze" doesn't quite capture the tone -- are a great deal of sidelong resentments and gritted teeth.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  09-10-2007  |  Reviews

Chemical Brothers Keep it Piecemealnew

Taken cumulatively, We Are the Night is more a playlist of potential iPod moods than it is an old-fashioned album.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  08-14-2007  |  Reviews

Fountains of Wayne's 'Traffic and Weather'new

The latest record increases the quartet’s streak of near-perfect LPs to four.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  05-11-2007  |  Reviews

Not Groundbreaking, but a Reminder of Her Potencynew

Smith the fan and Smith the artist aren't always reconciled, but even when they are, Twelve starts arguments.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  05-04-2007  |  Reviews

Arcade Fire's 'Neon Bible'new

The Montreal indie-rock collective has created a sophomore surge rather than a sophomore slump.
Shepherd Express  |  Jon Gilbertson  |  04-03-2007  |  Reviews

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