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Posted by Kent Williams | Apr 12, 2010

Local Albums: April 2010 - Being of a certain age, and having been a kid in 1960s California, surf music is totemic to me. From listening to my uncle's Beach...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 29, 2010

Illinios John Fever Now Is Not The Way It Is Local Albums: March 2010 - Country Blues can really be a challenge for both performers and listeners. The basic musical...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Mar 29, 2010

Alex Body Just Say Yes Self-release Local Albums: March 2010 - Alex Body's solo debut, Just Say Yes, is a glitchy, lo-fi epic consisting of condemnations of himself and humanity...

Posted by Kent Williams | Mar 11, 2010

Local Albums: January 2010 - Zachary Lint Aka Coolzey has taken time off from home renovation and starring in zombie movies, to drop another CD of profound silliness. Or silly...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Mar 10, 2010

John Schlotfelt reviews "Heaven Knows," by The Woes, who will visit the Mill this Saturday night to play with Shame Train and The Lonelyhearts

Posted by Kent Williams | Feb 24, 2010

There are few musicians whose music is as polarizing as Autechre. It would be one thing if they were resolutely in the experimental music camp. The avant-garde have their audience,...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Feb 1, 2010

CD Reviews: February 2010 - Mountains recorded it's third release, Choral, in front of a live audience with minimal overdubs added later for effect or layering. And despite the trappings...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Oct 2, 2009

Porch Builder Tall Tales and Misadventures http://www.myspace.com/porchbuilder When an album begins with a country song about getting arrested for growing marijuana, you know you're dealing with some Iowa boys who've...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Oct 2, 2009

Petit Mal Bless Your Little Heart Public Schools Records www.myspace.com/petitmal Petit Mal's latest, Bless Your Little Heart, is a collection of 10 scrappy tunes following in the footsteps of fellow...

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Oct 2, 2009

The Avett Brothers I and Love and You Sony Records http://www.theavettbrothers.com/ North Carolina's The Avett Brothers have always had a few too many ideas for their own good. The band's...

Posted by Jason Phelps | Jul 9, 2009

Recorded in the famed Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Public Property's new album features some big-name contemporary reggae musicians like Toots Hibbert from Toots and the Maytals--who is playing with...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 9, 2009

Joe McNertney Colloquialisms Mr. McNerty is one of Eric Rohm's collaborators in The Noble Octopus, and like his label mate on the enigmatically named Pelletier Comes Alive! label, McNerty is...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 9, 2009

The Noble Octopus The Noble Octopus The Noble Octopus was started by Eric Rohn and friends at Grinnell College before moving to Iowa City. With the emphasis on clean guitar...

Posted by Kent Williams | Jul 9, 2009

Testifyi 2 The World www.myspace.com/testifyi There's a lot of recording artists now that give credit to God for their success, but their music has nothing to do with religious themes....

Posted by John Schlotfelt | Jul 9, 2009

Bowerbirds Upper Air Dead Ocean www.myspace.com/bowerbirds The sophomore release from North Carolina's Bowerbirds opens simply and unassumingly with an acoustic guitar and the voice of lead singer Phil Moore. Upper Air...

Posted by Jason Phelps | Jul 9, 2009

Public Property work to do www.publicprop.com Recorded in the famed Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Public Property's new album features some big-name contemporary reggae musicians like Toots Hibbert from Toots...