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Dead Meadow, ‘Old Growth’ (Matador)

Psychedelic blues rockers Dead Meadow relocated from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles last year, and their sixth album sounds reenergized by the scenery change. The…
Kyle Anderson / March 20, 2008

Who’s Next ’08: Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s

In a nutshell: Eight dreamy, world-weary Indianapolis musicians brought together by a shared love of woodsy Americana and chamber pop. Their cello-laden debut, 2006's The…
Kyle Anderson / February 2, 2008

Who’s Next ’08: Black Tide

"It's the fucking weather," says 15-year-old Black Tide lead singer/guitarist Gabe Garcia, explaining why Florida produces so many extreme-metal bands, such as Deicide and Obituary.
Kyle Anderson / February 1, 2008

Lupe Fiasco, ‘Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool’ (Atlantic/1st & 15th)

German filmmaker Werner Herzog makes documentaries, but he's not a documentarian per se, since he blurs what's real and fake, sometimes staging events that he…
Kyle Anderson / January 18, 2008

Puscifer, ‘V Is for Vagina’ (Puscifer Entertainment)

Through four albums of dark, existential art metal, Tool have cast a spooky shadow, but the underlying truth about the band (and frontman Maynard James…
Kyle Anderson / January 18, 2008

Jukebox Jury

In addition to their awesome 'fros, our esteemed jurors had something else in common this year: Both took cautious steps away from the outfits that…
Kyle Anderson / January 11, 2008

Chamillionaire, ‘Ultimate Victory’ (Chamillitary/ Universal)

In hip-hop, the only thing worse than not having a hit is actually having one. Case in point: Amid the blowup of the Houston syrup…
Kyle Anderson / November 14, 2007

Jamie T, ‘Panic Prevention’ (Caroline)

More than a decade later, a lot of people still have a hard time getting over Beck's Mellow Gold. The latest mix of marble-mouthed rapping,…
Kyle Anderson / October 24, 2007

Atreyu, ‘Lead Sails Paper Anchor’ (Hollywood)

On their fourth album and major-label debut, this metallic California quintet prune some thorns from their prickly sound, overtly moving in a more pop-savvy direction.
Kyle Anderson / September 18, 2007

Still Remains, ‘The Serpent’ (Roadrunner)

Ostensibly, this Michigan six-piece carries the metalcore torch lit by Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall. But the band's synth-heavy sound doesn't reflexively fall back on…
Kyle Anderson / September 15, 2007

Manic Street Preachers, ‘Send Away the Tigers’ (Red Ink)

Treated like deities in the U.K. but ignored Stateside (guitarist Richey Edwards' tragic disappearance before a 1995 U.S. tour was a devastating setback), Manic Street…
Kyle Anderson / September 13, 2007

Foo Fighters, ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace’ (Roswell/RCA)

Part of Nirvana's greatness stemmed from their volatility. The exact opposite can be said of Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters. Since their 1995 debut,…
Kyle Anderson / September 6, 2007

Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Era Vulgaris’ (Interscope)

Era Vulgaris represents Queens of the Stone Age's most hallucinatory album since 2000's Rated R. And no narcotic assistance is required, since it legitimately recreates…
Kyle Anderson / July 24, 2007

Megadeth, ‘United Abominations’ (Roadrunner)

Megadeth have never adapted their razor-edged shredding to straight-up arena rock as well as Metallica, and even their most ferocious '80s efforts felt a little…
Kyle Anderson / June 8, 2007

Twisted Black, ‘Street Fame’ (TVT)

Twisted Black might be the most legit coke rapper ever -- he was recently convicted in federal court of conspiracy to distribute crack. But he's…
Kyle Anderson / April 17, 2007

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