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Boston Spaceships, ‘The Planets Are Blasted’ (Guided by Voices Inc.)

The point of forming a band is to capture an alchemy that's greater than the individual elements, but ex–Guided by Voices singer Robert Pollard's latest…
Rob O'connor / February 16, 2009

Mark Olson & Gary Louris, ‘Ready for the Flood’ (New West)

Though this duo have recorded and toured together since Olson quit the Jayhawks in 1995, Ready for the Flood is their official reunion album, and…
Rob O'connor / December 19, 2008

Robert Pollard, ‘The Crawling Distance’ (Guided by Voices Inc.)

This solo album by the ridiculously prolific former Guided by Voices leader, with help from instrumental accomplice Todd Tobias, features another ten songs of standard…
Rob O'connor / December 19, 2008

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, ‘Dirt Don’t Hurt’ (Transdreamer)

Recorded in five days in an analog studio on the coast of Spain with vintage equipment, Holly Golightly's 13th studio album is less primitive garage…
Rob O'connor / October 13, 2008

Alanis Morissette, ‘Flavors of Entanglement’ (Maverick/Reprise)

Even on her sixth studio album, Alanis Morissette's lyrics still cause you to pause. Did she just sing, "How you land in the soft as…
Rob O'connor / June 17, 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…
Rob O'connor / May 29, 2008

The Black Angels, ‘Directions to See a Ghost’ (Light in the Attic)

Named after the most abrasive track on the first Velvet Underground album, this druggy sextet from Austin, Texas, reach for spine-prickling, horror-inducing sonic deliverance. Like…
Rob O'connor / May 29, 2008

Old 97’s, ‘Blame It on Gravity’ (New West)

With growing families, solo albums, label changes, and geographical barriers (two main members living on opposite coasts), should Old 97's even exist in 2008, never…
Rob O'connor / May 15, 2008

American Music Club, ‘The Golden Age’ (Merge)

American Music Club produced perhaps the most emotionally intense indie rock of the late '80s and early '90s. Singer Mark Eitzel can silence a room…
Rob O'connor / February 26, 2008

Richard Hawley, ‘Lady’s Bridge’ (Mute)

Hawley names most of his albums for local Sheffield, England landmarks, but he doesn't keep provincial musical borders. The fifth solo album by this in-demand…
Rob O'connor / November 15, 2007

Angels of Light, ‘We Are Him’ (Young God)

Michael Gira still explores the drones and grinding rhythms that he recorded with legendary art-punk band Swans, but on this fifth album with collective Angels…
Rob O'connor / September 6, 2007

Gabby Glaser, ‘Gimme Splash’ (Latchkey)

Well rested but not out of touch, Luscious Jackson singer/guitarist Gabby Glaser fuses garage rock and funk with touches of ethereal pop on her first…
Rob O'connor / August 28, 2007

Robbers on High Street, ‘Grand Animals’ (Scratchie/ New Line)

This New York band still use the staccato guitar rhythms that made their debut album, Tree City, such a jagged wrecking machine. But here, that…
Rob O'connor / August 15, 2007

Trans Am, ‘Sex Change’ (Thrill Jockey)

Once the Atari 2600 of the post-rock scene, D.C.'s Trans Am now allow their metronomic rhythms to loosen up and go disco when the mood…
Rob O'connor / April 1, 2007

Willy Mason, ‘If the Ocean Gets Rough’ (Astralwerks)

Mason is a 22-year-old rustic singer/songwriter who's added his Martha's Vineyard musical gang for a second album heavier on texture (hello, cello!) and sweeter on…
Rob O'connor / April 1, 2007

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