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Sparkadia’s Received Postcards

For a four-piece whose infectious qualities ride heavily on an unconventional mixture of heartfelt optimism and captivating hooks, the choice to name Sparkadia’s debut album Postcards comes off as an apt choice. Because as lead...
 
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Stoney Clove Lane

Whether it was sparked by sheer curiosity or one of the several documentaries bearing its name, many of us have asked our parents at one point about their possible participation in the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969. Perh...

 
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Elliott Brood Roam the Mountain Meadows

Attempting to follow a traditional etiquette while simultaneously bringing something fresh and innovative to the table can be a problematic maneuver for some bands. After all, if listeners have become so accustomed to a style t...
 
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The Friendly Ghost of Alias Pail

It is hardly a coincidence that so many successful indie-group groups feature a few guys and a Japanese gal, with the latter usually providing some sort of vocal role. From old favorites like Blonde Redhead and Deerhoof to rece...

 
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The Black Hollies Cast Their Shadows

You could probably call it some sort of complementary bias, but I tend to be more selective when choosing which bands to feature from New Jersey. I guess it just comes down to tough love, as I would never want an artist who lin...
 
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Our Sleepless Forest Wakes Up

Many hold the belief that ambient music serves as arguably the epitome of musical inaccessibility, with the lack of vocals and concise melody requiring several attentive listens to wholly and memorably consume. It occasionally ...

 
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Ghost Bees Practice Tasseomancy

Some people say that twins have a sixth sense, an ability to mutually sense when their brother or sister is in a state of distress. Though telepathic interpretations remain too otherworldly to be of widely noted acceptance, it ...
 
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Attending the School of Language

I understand that the sheer number of albums released last year can be a bit intimidating for those whose tastes are a bit more specific than the average listener. I made my Top 50 Albums of 2007 feature for that very same reas...

 
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Run Dan Run

Imagine how barren the indie music scene would be if the process of attending college was nonexistent. It is impossible to count how many influential bands met in some dorm room, a class, or at an on-campus club while attending...
 
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Right Away, Great Captain! A Story for the Ages!

Too often do I find artists struggling in their efforts to make an album cohesive. Most releases from inexperienced artists sound more like compilations than structured works of art. While the level of leniency should admittedl...