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Elbow: Asleep No More

Many assumed Elbow had taken a few years to luxuriate in some deserved time off between now and their 2005 release, Leaders of the Free World. However, their latest album, The Seldom Seen Kid, was busy in the making, and needed that long stretch to be pondered and perfected, like a fine wine, before the band was ready to deem it finished and let it go.

24 Apr 2008 | 2 comments | More

The Duke Spirit: Raspberry Sunsets, Desert Moons and Sunken Treasures

You could almost sense the desert landscape emanating from the songs of The Duke Spirit’s latest album, Neptune, lending an added degree of mystery and soulfulness to its overall sound. Though the album has a strong nautical theme, if you listen closely, another uncharted, yet arid presence can also be felt in the details.

24 Apr 2008 | 1 comment | More

We Are Scientists: Powerful, Non-Vacuous, Brain Thrust Masters of Rock

Brooklyn’s We Are Scientists are getting lots of love in the UK. The boys are currently touring across the pond in support of their latest album, Brain Thrust Mastery, (which debuted at #11 in the UK album charts), spreading their witty WAS wackiness wherever they stop. I switched time zones and chatted to singer/guitarist Keith Murray while he was awaiting sound check in Sheffield, England.

24 Apr 2008 | 2 comments | More

Clinic: The Melting Pot of Their Musical Intrigue

NME lovingly refers to the surgically-styled Clinic as “the maddest bastards in Liverpool” in reviews, but we say they’re more like the Jekyll and Hydes of British indie. Their new album, Do It!, conjures everything from cinematic nightmares of burlesque disco dances in looney bins to doo-wop love-ins on the planet Mars.

24 Apr 2008 | More

Youthmovies: Close to the Bone

After having spent a year in the UK and being smothered with new bands, it became clear that Youthmovies took the cake as the year’s most interesting act. The Oxford-based quintet defies the trends of indie rock and any disposable genres suffocating the scene.

24 Apr 2008 | More

Jarboe: One Spectral Joule

Unless you are an avid fan of the obscure, you’ve probably never heard the name Jarboe. Part spoken-word poet, performance artist and composer, she evades explanation by allowing herself the freedom to pursue any and all aesthetic endeavors.

24 Apr 2008 | More