• Eclectipus: The Bees

    by • on Apr 3, 07 • in Indie • with No Comments

    The Bees – Octopus 4/5 Narks Another band I have been listening to as much as possible (Spring = album release fiesta) is The Bees. Straight outta the British Isles, this band quickly became every indie critic’s darling in 2002 with Sunshine Hit Me, which was reportedly recorded in lead singer, Paul Butler’s garden. The band gained praise for its eclectic sound and was nominated for a prestigious Mercury Award. Three years later, The Bees continue their genre-bending (ha!) resume with their third release, Octopus. The album kicks off with an exploration in bluegrass on

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  • The Kooks: "A Good Thing to Me"

    by • on Mar 28, 07 • in Brit Pop • with No Comments

    Another great import from the U.K. that I have been listening to lately is The Kooks. They first caught my ear with the catchy single “Naive”. It had some success here in the States on college radio, but were a staple on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio One show. Their follow-up, “Ooh La”, is just as addicting with precise guitar strokes and a hummable chorus about a past love (who doesn’t like the word petticoat?). Look for The Kooks to make some noise on the festival circuit this year starting with Coachella (An insane lineup already)

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  • 8Ball & MJG: Southern Legends

    by • on Mar 23, 07 • in albums, Rap • with No Comments

    8Ball & MJG “Ridin’ High” 3/5 Narks Two guys that have been consistently heating up the underground in South are 8Ball & MJG. I first heard about them in middle school and have always appreciated the way they verbally spar with each other on their albums. With each album (9 so far), the duo has been just short of worldwide acclaim (one solo was even titled, “Almost Famous”). 8ball & MJG gained more pop-cred when they joined their Tennessee counterparts Three-Six Mafia & Young Buck on one of last years classics “Stay Fly”. Their tireless

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  • Arcade Fire: Hauntingly Good

    by • on Mar 21, 07 • in albums, Indie • with 1 Comment

    Arcade Fire “Neon Bible” 5/5 Narks Though I haven’t heard their 1st album, the heavily lauded The Funeral, Arcade Fire’s latest album has been so highly anticipated I couldn’t ignore it. It has been featured on every blog, column and radio show imaginable. At first, I was a bit hesitant to check out Arcade Fire. I thought they would be a bit too dark for my taste, but that happens to be one of the band’s strong points. Albums that have this much to live up to usually don’t quite deliver the goods (see The

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  • Recovery Post: 'Bright'en Up

    by • on Mar 19, 07 • in Alt Country • with No Comments

    What can I say, an insane week in Acapulco followed by a birthday bonanza/St. Patty’s Day extravaganza doesn’t leave a lot of brain cells left for blog material. Here’s the recovery post… For the most part, there are some artists that you love or hate. There isn’t an in-between. You either check for everything they put out or avoid it. Bright Eyes had previously fell into the “hate” category for me. Although I applaud almost anyone who tries a variety of different of sounds and is constantly evolving, I found his music a little too

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  • Spring Break '07: Ann St. Takes Acapulco

    by • on Mar 1, 07 • in Rap • with No Comments

    Its officially, I have almost no motivation left for work now. My colorful flowcharts are beginning to take the form of a bright yellow sun (print buys), a crisp dark blue ocean (outdoor boards) and a cool, tan glass of Corona (direct mail campaigns). The endless lines of numeric code all seem to read like flight numbers and times in the billing system. My Designated Marketing Area map in my cube seems to have morphed into the shape of Mexico. This can only mean one thing….Spring Break in Acapulco with Drew, Laura, Gigs, Philbin and

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  • Anathallo: An Unexpected Find

    by • on Feb 24, 07 • in Indie Pop • with No Comments

    The best thing about being open to new music, is that you often hear it when you least expect it. For example, I was told about Mt. Pleasant, Michigan based Anathallo when I got a haircut a month ago. The band consists of 8 members and play a variety of instruments including the underrated flugellorn. Their myspace profile lists “A Floating World” as their latest album and they have been invited to perform at the Coachella Festival in Indigo, California (the list of bands playing is comparable if not to Bonnaroo). Check out the conclusion

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