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AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

Posted Feb. 6, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

Album number ten for the ever-evolving Californian four piece, whose shift in sound from skate punk to hardcore to "goth punk" to pop-influenced radio rock ... read more

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Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady

Posted Nov. 26, 2013, midnight

Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady

It's encouraging that after releasing one of the best records of 2010, Janelle Monáe wasn't rushed into releasing the follow-up album to The ArchAndroid until she was ... read more

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Green Day – ¡Uno!

Posted Nov. 12, 2012, 5 p.m.

Green Day – ¡Uno!

Thank god it's not another concept album.That's perhaps untrue, though: maybe this is just a concept album broken over three separate records: ¡Uno! is the ... read more

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Muse – The 2nd Law

Posted Nov. 5, 2012, 12:50 p.m.

Muse – The 2nd Law

The year is 2052. Society as we know it has completely changed. The laws of government and nation have crumbled into dust, trodden down firmly ... read more

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Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid

Posted July 4, 2011, 7:25 a.m.

Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid

When music historians look back on the first decade of the 21st century, they'll no doubt highlight the dazzling array of pop musicians daring to ... read more

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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Posted May 30, 2011, 5:27 a.m.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Three years in the making since their praised-to-the-heavens self-titled debut, Helplessness Blues is a masterpiece of a sophomore offering, consisting of everything that made Fleet ... read more

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Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks

Posted Dec. 27, 2010, 11:10 a.m.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks

Their first record for Matador; their first record featuring new bassist Marty Key: The Brutalist Bricks is a record of firsts. It's the band's second ... read more

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Florence and the Machine – Lungs

Posted Jan. 4, 2010, 1:45 p.m.

Florence and the Machine – Lungs

In a U.K. pop scene increasingly dominated by uncertain female electro-pop princesses or paltry imitations of Rihanna or Beyonce, it’s refreshing and exciting to see ... read more

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AFI – Crash Love

Posted Sept. 30, 2009, 2:34 a.m.

AFI – Crash Love

Album number eight from the band now renowned for their genre-shifting and reinvention. Three years in the making, three producers in the studio, and twelve ... read more

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Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

Posted May 22, 2009, 1:07 a.m.

Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

I’m going to keep this brief, because Billie Joe Armstrong and company couldn’t – 21st Century Breakdown is Green Day’s first record clocking in at ... read more

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The Offspring – Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace

Posted July 24, 2008, 9:08 p.m.

The Offspring – Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace

With an album title that sounds like the most recent Foo Fighters record, a song called "Fix You" (I thought Coldplay had already professed that ... read more

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Weezer – Weezer (The Red Album)

Posted July 21, 2008, 12:19 a.m.

Weezer – Weezer (The Red Album)

Oh, Weezer. Here we are, album six for the band who've spent an entire career trying to figure out who they are. Are they The ... read more

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Wu-Tang Clan – 8 Diagrams

Posted Jan. 2, 2008, 2:47 a.m.

Wu-Tang Clan – 8 Diagrams

It almost seemed like this record would never come out. It's been six years since Iron Flag and 14 since 36 Chambers revolutionised hip hop, ... read more

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Ozma – Pasadena

Posted Dec. 17, 2007, 3:05 p.m.

Ozma – Pasadena

After splitting in 2004, it seemed initially unlikely that California's Ozma would ever resurface with their brand of power pop / new wave rock. After ... read more

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Saves the Day – Under the Boards

Posted Dec. 9, 2007, 3:08 p.m.

Saves the Day – Under the Boards

Part two in the trilogy of concept (small C) albums, Under the Boards sees Saves the Day back on a quick release schedule. This follow ... read more

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Burden of a Day – Pilots & Paper Planes

Posted Sept. 11, 2007, 8:25 p.m.

Burden of a Day – Pilots & Paper Planes

It might say something for my enthusiasm for this record that it has sat for almost a year in my 'to review' pile since first ... read more

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The Swede – And the Swede

Posted Sept. 5, 2007, 2:56 p.m.

The Swede – And the Swede

God bless Matthew William Kohnle. Kohnle is The Swede. While I'm not sure if the name is a reference to his nationality (or if he ... read more

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Reptoids – Park a Tiger

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:28 a.m.

Reptoids – Park a Tiger

Chicago's Reptoids, signed to RRRecords, play a female brand of grunge/punk rock. This six-track EP, clocking in at sixteen minutes, shows a fairly wide-ranging sound, ... read more

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Skyscraper Frontier – Moonlit Behavior

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:24 a.m.

Skyscraper Frontier – Moonlit Behavior

If I told you that Skyscraper Frontier was another band out of L.A. playing an 'eclectic' mixture of songs, you'd probably get that glazed look ... read more

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The Last Car in Alaska – Comfort

Posted Sept. 3, 2007, 12:20 a.m.

The Last Car in Alaska – Comfort

South Carolina trio The Last Car in Alaska play a sort of melodic emo-core that must be pretty popular with the Warped Tour audience they've ... read more

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Ultra Dolphins – Mar

Posted Aug. 29, 2007, 11:11 p.m.

Ultra Dolphins – Mar

Opening up with an old-time accordion intro, you could be forgiven for expecting Ultra Dolphins to play Iron & Wine-esque 'American gothic' folk rock. However, ... read more

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Blaqk Audio – CexCells

Posted Aug. 27, 2007, 2:55 p.m.

Blaqk Audio – CexCells

I wanted to hate this. I really did. Don't mistake me for an elitist music journalist; A.F.I. is the band responsible for this webzine's founding. ... read more

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Minus the Bear – Planet of Ice

Posted Aug. 23, 2007, 8:20 p.m.

Minus the Bear – Planet of Ice

Continuing on from 2005's Menos El Oso, Minus the Bear's Planet of Ice breaks away from the band's previous shtick of long song names and ... read more

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Rocky Votolato – A Brief History (Reissue)

Posted July 8, 2007, 5:52 p.m.

Rocky Votolato – A Brief History (Reissue)

A Brief History is Rocky Votolato's second full-length, originally released in 2000 after his hard-to-find self-titled debut in 1999. At twenty minutes long, it's really ... read more

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Linkin Park – Minutes to Midnight

Posted May 22, 2007, 8:22 p.m.

Linkin Park – Minutes to Midnight

Like their peers Limp Bizkit, Korn and Slipknot, Linkin Park occupies the mysterious musical category of "Oh, they're still around?" In 2007, with the nu-metal ... read more

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Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Living with the Living

Posted March 19, 2007, 3:09 p.m.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Living with the Living

Like a well-deserved punch to the face, a breath of fresh air in a smog-ridden city, or indeed, a good musician amongst a plethora of ... read more

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The Mars Volta – Amputechture

Posted Oct. 10, 2006, 4:22 p.m.

The Mars Volta – Amputechture

Have The Mars Volta finally become predictable? Were they already? Are they still churning out jaw-droppingly unexpected music? Did they ever? All these questions and ... read more

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Black SS / Raining Bricks – Split

Posted Oct. 2, 2006, 3:26 p.m.

Black SS / Raining Bricks – Split

I was relieved to find out that Black SS stands for Black Sheep Squadron, and not some Nazi organization, upon receiving this record. The cover ... read more

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Lostprophets – Liberation Transmission

Posted Sept. 18, 2006, 1:54 p.m.

Lostprophets – Liberation Transmission

Lostprophets: a rock critic's dream? If it's not the glossy pop production and so-hook-laden-you-could-fish-with-them songs, we can go the other way and ridicule their male ... read more

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Strike Anywhere – Dead FM

Posted Sept. 11, 2006, 8:56 p.m.

Strike Anywhere – Dead FM

By now, you probably know exactly what to expect with a Strike Anywhere record, and I mean that in the best possible sense. Unlike Pennywise, ... read more

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Foot Foot – Snaggle and Buck

Posted Sept. 10, 2006, 1:54 p.m.

Foot Foot – Snaggle and Buck

When it comes to folk music, I'm pretty clueless. Wikipedia tells me there's neo-folk, folk punk, jazz folk, folk metal, pagan folk, folk noir, psych ... read more

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Heideroosjes – Royal to the Bone

Posted Sept. 3, 2006, 5:08 p.m.

Heideroosjes – Royal to the Bone

If the name didn't clue you in, Heideroosjes ("the Meadow Flowers") are one of those oft-mentioned European punk bands; they're the kind who sell thousands ... read more

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AFI – Decemberunderground

Posted June 6, 2006, 8:57 a.m.

AFI – Decemberunderground

There are certain phrases that seem to be ever-present in AFI reviews across the music journalism world, suggesting either a lack of originality on the ... read more

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Angels and Airwaves – We Don't Need to Whisper

Posted May 28, 2006, 11:42 p.m.

Angels and Airwaves – We Don't Need to Whisper

So Tom DeLonge finally got his way. Apparently sick of the scatological humor of Blink 182 and ill-received attempts at maturity, the band broke up ... read more

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium

Posted May 14, 2006, 10:53 p.m.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium

Like some ever-present albatross around the neck of the rock scene, the Red Hot Chili Peppers continue to linger, 23 years after their LA inception; ... read more

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Saves the Day – Sound the Alarm

Posted May 8, 2006, 8:37 p.m.

Saves the Day – Sound the Alarm

It's been noted that the names of New Jersey's Saves the Day's records have been somewhat contradictory to the bands' career: Can't Slow Down, Through ... read more

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NOFX – Wolves in Wolves' Clothing

Posted April 20, 2006, 7:13 a.m.

NOFX – Wolves in Wolves' Clothing

So here we are, NOFX's 10th studio album, 3 years on from 2003's War On Errorism. Bush got re-elected, so anyone not expecting more political-themed ... read more

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Omar Rodriguez – Omar Rodriguez

Posted April 9, 2006, 8:59 p.m.

Omar Rodriguez – Omar Rodriguez

Recorded between shows on The Mars Volta's recent European tour, Omar Rodriguez' second solo outing is a different beast from his previous release on his ... read more

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Rocky Votolato – Makers

Posted April 2, 2006, 3:52 p.m.

Rocky Votolato – Makers

Seattle artist Rocky Votolato has been a busy man of late. His debut record for Barsuk, Makers, has already seen an episode of cult teen ... read more

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The Lawrence Arms – Oh! Calcutta!

Posted March 8, 2006, 1 a.m.

The Lawrence Arms – Oh! Calcutta!

Oh! Calcutta! - A Simpsons reference or a slightly more cultured allusion to the 1969 Broadway erotica musical of the same name? Oh! Calcutta! is ... read more

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Sufjan Stevens – Illinois

Posted Jan. 7, 2006, 11:05 a.m.

Sufjan Stevens – Illinois

What is the sign of a "great" record? What defines a classic? Is it a cult following? Musical virtuosity? Ambition and drive? Three chords and ... read more

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Death By Stereo – Death for Life

Posted June 28, 2005, 7:49 a.m.

Death By Stereo – Death for Life

Fearlessly naming their new record Death for Life is an instant indication that Death By Stereo aren't about to back down despite the lawsuits and ... read more

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The Mars Volta – Frances the Mute

Posted Feb. 28, 2005, 11:59 a.m.

The Mars Volta – Frances the Mute

Have you seen the Frances The Mute cover art yet? Cast your eyes to the right, it's on display there. Two guys, both blindfolded, and ... read more

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Green Day – American Idiot

Posted Sept. 21, 2004, 4 p.m.

Green Day – American Idiot

Like too many of their musical peers, Green Day, the longtime bay area punk/pop heroes, have thrown down their challenge to the American government with ... read more

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Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez – A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume 1

Posted Sept. 8, 2004, 4 p.m.

Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez – A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume 1

Fans of the bespectacled Omar of At The Drive-In/Mars Volta fame will already have an idea of how this record will sound thanks to Rodriguez-Lopez's ... read more

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The Offspring – Splinter

Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 7:15 a.m.

The Offspring – Splinter

This was always going to be a difficult record to make. Offspring have a strange legion of fans ranging from Orange County punk rockers remembering ... read more

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The Unseen – Explode

Posted Feb. 29, 2004, 5:52 a.m.

The Unseen – Explode

The Unseen: street punk for the masses. You could probably write this band's back history wihtout even knowing them. Hundreds of EPs, 7"s, and rare ... read more

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Rise Against – Revolutions Per Minute

Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 9:20 p.m.

Rise Against – Revolutions Per Minute

Hmm.. I'm sure this band have a large enough fanbase, I really am. I bet there's a ton of kids that love Rise Against (should ... read more

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Strike Anywhere – Exit English

Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 6:26 p.m.

Strike Anywhere – Exit English

Beginning with a short riff-based intro, this record then kicks itself straight into life, inspiring this reviewer to do the same. Exit English, the band's ... read more

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Ozma – Spending Time on the Borderline

Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 5:22 p.m.

Ozma – Spending Time on the Borderline

A friend had described Ozma to me as being 'like Weezer, but wussier.' I've never been a fan of Weezer, I could never get into ... read more

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Thrice – Artist In the Ambulance

Posted Feb. 28, 2004, 8:38 a.m.

Thrice – Artist In the Ambulance

This record is by no means bad, but it's also not a great record. As a newcomer to Thrice, I was prepared to give this ... read more

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Rufio – Rufio

Posted Feb. 25, 2004, 2:44 p.m.

Rufio – Rufio

Okay; I came to this EP as a first time listener to Rufio, so I wasn't biased in my opinion of them. After spending the ... read more

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