CD Reviews

Daphni — <i>JIAOLONG</i>

Daphni — JIAOLONG

Caribou is from Ontario. So is Manitoba. Now, Daphni is too. They are all pet bands headed by Dan Snaith, a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and doctor of mathematics who toured with Radiohead this year. Caribou isn’t really the thing you’d play in a discotheque, but ...

Alex Hall

October 12th, 2012

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Review: TKTTSM — <i>TKTTSM</i>

Review: TKTTSM — TKTTSM

If the band is an acronym for anything, it could very well be “The Killer Tittering Triage of Sado-Masochism,” since this band is both cute and disgusting. Girl pop that could very well frame a Mandy Moore rom-com morphs surprisingly into punk that could complement a Slits ...

Alex Hall

September 20th, 2012

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Review: Brad Mehldau Trio — <i>Where Do You Start</i>

Review: Brad Mehldau Trio — Where Do You Start

Mehldau, along with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums, leads perhaps the finest piano trio in jazz today. Along with his collaborations with Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, and Joshua Redman, the trio regularly releases quality covers of music we often play on ...

Alex Hall

September 20th, 2012

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Review: Van She — <i>Idea of Happiness</i>

Review: Van She — Idea of Happiness

Celebrating their second full-length release in 4 years, Australian quartet Van She show they have lost none of their potency. Their unabated electronic style has attracted listeners for not only its uniqueness but also its honesty. The band distills Caribbean influences on ...

Alex Hall

August 30th, 2012

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Review: Divine Fits — <i>A Thing Called Divine Fits</i>

Review: Divine Fits — A Thing Called Divine Fits

When established musicians get together to form supergroups, there is always the temptation to look at the group as the synthesis of all other groups associated with it. For instance, the Canadian supergroup Swan Lake is always going to be Destroyer+Wolf Parade+Frog Eyes to ...

Alex Hall

August 30th, 2012

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Interview: Alex Hall (DJ Keller) and Kelly Crisp of the Rosebuds

Interview: Alex Hall (DJ Keller) and Kelly Crisp of the Rosebuds

A few months ago I conducted a phone interview with Kelly Crisp, one half of North Carolina’s The Rosebuds. It is rare to sit down with an artist that is both equally talented and gracious, but the twenty-five minutes I spent with Ms. Crisp were enough to convince me she ...

Alex Hall

August 17th, 2012

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Fort Collins’ Fierce Bad Rabbit new album influenced by Arcade Fire

There is a reason why people are proud to be a Fort Collins’ local; we have some awesome stuff come out of this town. Maybe it’s because I’m already in weekend mode, but the thought of a cold Red Hoptober in my hand couldn’t sound better. Or maybe it’s because I’ve spent the

Michael Elizabeth Sakas

August 16th, 2012

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