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A Brief Smile for a Sunshine State

I was a bit weary when Bishop Allen began their EP project, where they released an EP once every month for the entirety of 2006. Why rush artistic integrity and spoil the chances of a full-length masterpiece in the process? Man...
 
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Lymbyc Systym

To say that Lymbyc Systym represent the next large movement might be an overstatement, but their methodology is certainly becoming more prevalent among emerging artists. Almost all of us can remember being enamored with a certa...

 
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Surfer Blood on the Astrocoast

Stereotypes involving the carefree indulgences of a Californian summer have been circulating since surf-rock originated in the ’60s. Its inception was largely brought on by the development and popularization of the spring...
 
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Brooklyn’s Favorite Library

Continuing with the stream of CMJ-bound artists, The Library are a bit different from what many expect at a festival of CMJ’s often frenetic vein. Often popular for artists that tout theatrical art-rock, synth-pounding da...

 
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Dan Mangan Recalls the Classics

An artist who sports a scruffy beard, sings about “indie queens” and kings, and names their album after a Kurt Vonnegut quote is bound to create a memorable first impression. It may sound like the definitive stereotype for all ...
 
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A Successful Mission for Caledonia

It is always a safe bet to name your band after a great song. The name alone could easily grab the attention of many listeners, as most of us can recite our favorite songs word-for-word and consequently have the title phrase em...

 
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The Soft Construction of Delay Trees

Even though it sounds painstakingly obvious, a great album must have something that appeals to the listener it so desires to captivate. Whether it has to do with the listener’s stylistic preference or simply some great songwrit...
 
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The Gift Machine

The term “musical entrepreneur” would seem to apply well to Dave Matthies, but he would likely take none of the credit. Over the past decade, Matthies has been a constant force in positively impacting the ability of other artis...

 
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Fanfarlo Empties the Reservoir

When a band’s name derives from Charles Baudelaire novella that was released in 1847, I do not think that calling the members a bunch of bookworms would be an exaggeration. Many of us appreciate fine literature and its in...
 
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Bruce Peninsula Enters the Mouth of a Mountain

Stereotypes are difficult to shake off some genres, as the primary innovators of them are usually considered to be the archetypical reference point for those aspiring to pursue the style. Structural tendencies are rarely what d...