Reviews

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

The Night Marchers, ‘See You in Magic’ (Vagrant/Swami)

SoCal greaser John "Speedo" Reis has launched and disbanded his share of bands during the past two decades, most notably Rocket From the Crypt. The…
By: Jon Young / May 15, 2008

Neva Dinova, ‘You May Already Be Dreaming’ (Saddle Creek)

There's trying to sound like you're not trying and then there's actually not trying -- Omaha's countryish rockers Neva Dinova do a bit of both…
By: Josh Modell / May 15, 2008

Neon Neon, ‘Stainless Style’ (Lex)

Because all human triumph begins and ends with Michael J. Fox, the debut collaboration from Super Furry Animals leader Gruff Rhys and eccentric hip-hop producer…
By: Stacey Anderson / May 15, 2008

Monotonix, ‘Body Language’ (Drag City)

This Israeli garage-punk trio's live show -- an orgy of unhinged, id-driven frontman behavior, amps on the verge of collapse, and the occasional flaming drum…
By: Aaron Burgess / May 15, 2008

Ministry and Co-Conspirators, ‘Cover Up’ (13th Planet/Megaforce)

Al Jourgenson and his Prong/ Revolting Cocks/etc. buddies have excellent taste in classic-rock hits. Here, they cover a steaming pile, from ZZ Top and Mountai…
By: Chuck Eddy / May 15, 2008

Colin Meloy, ‘Colin Meloy Sings Live!’ (Kill Rock Stars)

Hyperliterate folkies like Colin Meloy run a considerable buzzkill risk, particularly when they go solo and strum away behind a stream of words that, however…
By: Shannon Zimmerman / May 15, 2008

Meat Beat Manifesto, ‘Autoimmune’ (Metropolis)

Jack Dangers' industrial-identified ensemble was dipping deadpan samples into the deepest dub years before post-rock indie bands and post-jungle dance subgenres caught up. And o…
By: Chuck Eddy / May 15, 2008
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