The Sword Slice Into Washington, DC

Doom flooded the nation's capital last night (May 15), and its name was the Sword. After a blistering set from fan favorite Torche (and local-band-makes-loud,…
By: Jason M Williams / May 16, 2008

Thalia Zedek, ‘Liars and Prayers’ (Thrill Jockey)

Outside of a silence = death T-shirt, widescreen politics have never been a strong suit of this gravel-voiced vet of such indie-circuit scene-definers as Live…
By: Joe Gross / May 15, 2008

Young Knives, ‘Superabundance’ (Rykodisc/Transgressive)

Yes, it sounds cocky to call your band Young Knives, and the British trio's caffeinated, smart-ass guitar pop only underscores that aura of snarky confidence.
By: Jon Young / May 15, 2008

Yelle, ‘Pop-Up’ (Caroline)

Francophile electro-pop completists (both of 'em) might roll their eyes with been-there-done- that ennui, but no matter: The rest of us can still thrill to…
By: Shannon Zimmerman / May 15, 2008

Robyn, ‘Robyn’ (Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope)

First released in her native Sweden in 2005 and resequenced with subsequent singles, this blog-celebrated bonanza of multiflavored synth bubblegum signals the second coming of…
By: Barry Walters / May 15, 2008

Jamie Lidell, ‘Jim’ (Warp)

From the Rolling Stones to Lady Sovereign, a handful of gifted Brits have brought interesting personal twists to African-American music, though many more have settled…
By: Jon Young / May 15, 2008

P.O.D., ‘When Angels & Serpents Dance’ (Columbia)

Despite reuniting the band with guitarist and cofounder Marcos Curiel (who split in 2003), P.O.D.'s seventh album rehashes the same slickly metallic, middle-of-the-road rap-rock sound…
By: Aaron Burgess / May 15, 2008

PlayRadioPlay!, ‘Texas’ (Island)

Go ahead, you insensitive bastard -- snicker at uncool Texas teen Daniel Hunter. Sneer at his wimpy voice and laugh at his grandiose synth-and-piano melodie…
By: Jon Young / May 15, 2008

Phantom Planet, ‘Raise the Dead’ (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic)

Now that they're labelmates with Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco, you might expect these well-connected L.A. dudes to go new-school emo o…
By: Mikael Wood / May 15, 2008

James Pants, ‘Welcome’ (Stones Throw)

The latest weirdo to emerge from Stones Throw's hip-hop factory, this Spokane, Washington native takes a distinctively primitive approach to breakbeats. His charming, lo-fi repertoire…
By: Mosi Reeves / May 15, 2008
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