The Raconteurs, ‘Consolers of the Lonely’ (Third Man/Warner Bros.)

Is Jack White better off working with only one other person? The second album from his frisky-boys side project causes you to wonder. As o…
By: David Browne / May 29, 2008

Robert Forster, ‘The Evangelist’ (Yep Roc)

Two years after the death of Grant McLennan, his collaborator in beloved indie rockers the Go-Betweens, Forster gets back to work as a solo artist.
By: Jon Young / May 29, 2008

Fern Knight, ‘Fern Knight’ (VHF)

Philadelphia hosts a booming community of psychedelic folksingers, and much like locals Espers (whose Greg Weeks produces here), Margaret Wienk is as influenced by the…
By: Amanda Petrusich / May 29, 2008

Elbow, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ (Fiction/Geffen)

Nicer than Pulp, less sappy than Coldplay, Elbow excel at meticulous orchestral pop that doesn't take itself too seriously. For all his husky sincerity and…
By: Jon Young / May 29, 2008

Jakob Dylan, ‘Seeing Things’ (Columbia/Starbucks Entertainment)

After spending a decade and a half with the Wallflowers trying to prove that he could do more than mimic his legendary father, Jakob Dyla…
By: Mikael Wood / May 29, 2008

The Duke Spirit, ‘Neptune’ (Shangri-La)

These Brits move with purpose from girl-group-inspired pop ("My Sunken Treasure") to fully loaded Jesus and Mary Chain–fried fuzz ("Lassoo") in remarkably short steps. The…
By: Josh Modell / May 29, 2008

The Dresden Dolls, ‘No, Virginia’ (Roadrunner)

The Dresden Dolls' drama-club chic is undeniably cute (see YouTube for details), but as 2006's Yes, Virginia attests, the duo are hardly Rocky Horror retreads:…
By: Shannon Zimmerman / May 29, 2008

Cut Copy, ‘In Ghost Colours’ (Modular)

With their second album, Australian trio Cut Copy prove that 2005's unexpected dance-rock gem Bright Like Neon Love was no fluke. In Ghost Colours,coproduced by…
By: Mosi Reeves / May 29, 2008

Curumin, ‘JapanPopShow’ (Quannum)

Luciano Nakata Albuquerque (a.k.a. Curumin) is the offspring of Japanese and Spanish parents, so it's not surprising that he boasts a wide range of influences.
By: Jon Young / May 29, 2008

Kira Lynn Cain, ‘The Ideal Hunter’ (Evangeline)

On her debut album, Kira Lynn Cain's vocals are more felt than heard among slumbering rhythms, decadent strings, piano, organ, and delicate acoustic guitar. The…
By: Rob O'connor / May 29, 2008
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