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Amy LaVere, ‘Stranger Me’ (Archer)

Part winsome alt-country gal and part avenging angel, Amy LaVere has made the breakup album of the year. Starting with "Damn Love Song" (imagine a…
Peter Gerstenzang / July 19, 2011

The Airborne Toxic Event, ‘All at Once’ (Island Def Jam)

Hyperliterate and terminally sad, the Airborne Toxic Event's 2008 self-titled debut was a downbeat gem. Although frontman Mikel Jollet still falls on life's thorns, the…
Peter Gerstenzang / April 26, 2011

Pete Yorn, ‘Pete Yorn’ (Vagrant)

Pete Yorn's 2001 debut was so melodically and lyrically sharp that his subsequent releases (including last year's pairing with Scarlett Johansson) have seemed unfocused and…
Peter Gerstenzang / September 9, 2010

Merle Haggard, ‘I Am What I Am’ (Vanguard)

With Cash gone and Willie spent, hopes hang on Hag to deliver classic country, musically and poetically. And he doesn't disappoint, from the dobro-heavy "I've…
Peter Gerstenzang / April 20, 2010

Review: Freedy Johnston, ‘Rain on the City’

As he has for two decades, singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston plays the unreliable narrator in this exquisitely unsettling folk-rock collection. Take "Lonely Penny," with its hymnlike…
Peter Gerstenzang / December 23, 2009

Rapper Novel Turns a Page

It's a strange day when a rapper frets over what piano-pop goofball Ben Folds thinks of his music. But that's exactly what happened after Novel…
Peter Gerstenzang / February 26, 2009

Matthew Sweet, ‘Sunshine Lies’ (Shout! Factory)

It's not the savviest 2008 career strategy to play immaculately executed '60s and '70s power pop, but few do it better than Matthew Sweet. Yoking…
Peter Gerstenzang / August 25, 2008

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Peter Gerstenzang / January 30, 2008

The Moonbabies, ‘Moonbabies at the Ballroom’ (Hidden Agenda/ Parasol)

On their fourth album, this indie-pop duo -- multi-instrumentalists/ songwriters Carina Johansson and Ola Frick -- create what finally could be their Stateside breakthrough. Whether…
Peter Gerstenzang / May 29, 2007