Author Archive | jenncassie

caesars05july

Paper Tigers

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Sweden's Caesars are all grown up now. Judging from their fourth and newest release Paper Tigers, they've taken their existing garage rock sound and added more layered harmonies, instrumentation, and lyrical upswings to give it a refreshed, mature feeling. You probably know their song "Jerk It Out" which was featured in an iPod commercial (as […]

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forestgiants05june

UFO Stories

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UFO Stories, the follow-up release to In Sequence by the Bristol, England-based band Forest Giants, is a six-track album that combines guitar, percussion, and violins to create sometimes punky, oftentimes whimsical, and always enveloping cascade of sounds. The band is clearly full of ambition and passion for their music. They have even made a film […]

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spanishfor10005june

Metric

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The local band Spanish for 100 was recently chosen by John Richards of KEXP as "Your New Favorite Band", and it's sort of easy to see why. Their new six-track release Metric has whispers of uber-popular Modest Mouse and Built to Spill running through it…and that's no surprise, since they all share the same producer/engineer, […]

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Hopewell & the Birds of Appetite

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Jason Russo, lead singer and founder of Hopewell, says of their latest release, Hopewell & the Birds of Appetite, "(it) locates the spot where the personal and the universal intersect." The album's fusion of intensely introspective lyrics with staggering rock orchestration affirms this, and their strong melodies accompanied by a stirring, emotional musical foundation push […]

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neon05apr

Hit Me Again

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What's up with the Australians lately? They've been pretty quiet since the days of AC/DC and INXS, but in the last few years, they've been spinning out bands that aren't exactly "down under" anymore. The "Aussie Invasion" tour of 2004 included Jet, The Vines, The Living End, and — as an opening act — Neon, […]

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andrewmorgan05apr

Misadventures in Radiology

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Elliott Smith fans take note: while nobody could ever replace Elliott, Andrew Morgan will surely bend your Smith-missing ears in a positive direction. As Morgan’s friend and mentor, Elliott obviously had his influence, but Morgan takes Smith’s sweet melancholy and adds the cinematic effect of orch-pop to create an album that’s emotional, improvisational, and ambitious. […]

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