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Sloan, ‘The Double Cross’ (Yep Roc)

Fans of Argy Bargy-era Squeeze will find a lot to love on the tenth studio album by this Canuck quartet, whose impeccable power pop has…
Doug Brod / May 10, 2011

Rival Schools, ‘Pedals’ (Photo Finish/Atlantic)

In the ten years since Rival Schools' underappreciated debut, United by Fate, main man Walter Schreifels has been busy starting new bands (including the magnificent…
Doug Brod / March 8, 2011

Elbow, ‘Build a Rocket Boys!’ (Fiction)

Call it dream pomp. On the fifth studio album from these Manchester-based Mercury Prize winners, drama king Guy Garvey once again lends his soothing, pashmina-smooth…
Doug Brod / March 8, 2011

The Jim Jones Revue, ‘Burning Your House Down’ (Punk Rock Blues)

Those still crowing that rock'n'roll is dead clearly haven't heard this righteous London band who play frantic Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano stomp with the leering…
Doug Brod / September 7, 2010

Toadies, ‘Feeler’ (Kirtland)

You've been touring nonstop in support of your first new album in seven years. What do you do next? If you're Texas-based scrungers Toadies, you…
Doug Brod / July 31, 2010

The Divine Comedy, ‘Bang Goes the Knighthood’ (Divine Comedy)

Three decades and ten albums into a stealth career as one of pop's greatest unsung tunesmiths, Neil Hannon keeps the in -- a -- perfect…
Doug Brod / June 15, 2010

Devo, ‘Something for Everybody’ (Warner Bros.)

On their first album in 20 years, the spud boys return to show dancey electro-pop pretenders how it's done -- syn-drums and all. While name…
Doug Brod / June 9, 2010

The Divine Comedy, ‘Bang Goes the Knighthood’ (Divine Comedy)

Three decades and ten albums into a stealth career as one of pop's greatest unsung tunesmiths, Neil Hannon keeps the in-a-perfect-world hits coming. This time,…
Doug Brod / May 29, 2010

Danko Jones, ‘Below the Belt’ (Bad Taste/Caroline)

Expect nothing resembling subtlety on this Toronto trio's latest batch of retribution anthems -- all brutal punch-pop riffing, rumble-gut bass, and accusatory posturing. But despitehis…
Doug Brod / May 10, 2010

Walter Schreifels, ‘An Open Letter to the Scene’ (Academy Fight Song)

With his surprising solo debut, this hardcore and alt-rock vet (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools) nods in the direction of his last band, Walking Concert,…
Doug Brod / April 27, 2010

Grammys: Inside Clive Davis’ Annual Gala

In case you missed it, here are some notes from record mogul Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in…
Doug Brod / January 31, 2010

Kiss, ‘Sonic Boom’ (Kiss)

In the 11 years since releasing the patchy Psycho Circus, Kiss have marketed kaskets, opened a koffeeshop, and released krappy solo albums, apparently on a…
Doug Brod / October 9, 2009

Kiss, ‘Sonic Boom’ (Kiss Records)

In the 11 years since releasing the patchy Psycho Circus, Kiss have marketed kaskets, opened a koffeeshop, and released krappy solo albums, apparently on a…
Doug Brod / October 6, 2009

The Upper Crust, ‘Revenge for Imagined Slights’ (Camp Street)

For hard-rock jokers with one very specific gag -- performing as puffy-shirted dandies -- this Boston quartet keeps coming up with great punch lines. On…
Doug Brod / May 20, 2009

Marilyn Manson, ‘The High End of Low’ (Interscope)

Not that anyone but that kid serving you at TCBY was counting -- but after a seven-year break, goth rock's funniest creep welcomes back guitarist…
Doug Brod / May 11, 2009

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