Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

I have a feeling this album will be Phoenix's ticket to stardom. I loved the 2006 album from this french/alternative indie rock band, and this one is even better. The electric beat driven rock is different enough from all that's out there, pulling at influences from the Air/Daft Punk era of the late 90's.
Seriously check this out.

Similar Artists: Zoot Woman, Tahiti 80, Spoon, The Whitest Boy Alive, Hot Chip, Air, Daft Punk, etc.

Mandy Moore - Amanda Leigh

Mandy Moore is back again, and she's not crying anymore over how crappy her pop music is!
No no no, Mandy (we're on first name basis) has grown up, and although I prefer her as an actor to an artist I actually really respect this release.
Following suit of her last one, Amanda Leigh is more of a folk album than pop, with a lot of country twang poking through all over the place.
It's mature, it's impressive, and it's very very pretty.
There are even some leg stompers along the way!
"I Could Break Your Heart Any Day Of The Week" should be the next girl power anthem, because it's true ;)
Gotta give Mandy props on always remaining respectable and down to earth. Love that girl! <3

Del Marquis (Scissor Sisters guitarist) - Litter To Society

He may play for the Scissor Sisters, but trust me this release is much much different... Del Marquis throws down some dark, moody tracks in his solo release titled Litter To Society, and as much as I love SS, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one...
It sounds more Depeche Mode'ish, incorporating a great use of horns I must add.
Check out what his myspace says about it... sums it up quite nicely:
"Sonically Litter to Society continues Del’s experimentation in blending emotional themes and a forward-thinking vision with a classic synth-soulpop palette that recalls pioneers of the sound such as The Human League, Tears for Fears and Mind Bomb-era The The, while delving into more experimental soundscapes."
- MYSPACE

Similar Artists: Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, Human League, Mind Bomb, The The

Khanate - Clean Hands Go Foul

I'm not really sure who, if anybody, listens to stuff like this... 10+ minute experimental ambient down-tempo metal songs with horror movie-like vocals...
To me it's just an instant headache.
And the length of the songs?
Unecessary!
I think I'd have trouble getting through these tunes if they were normal length, and add 7 minutes or more to that and it's practically impossible.
Boourns.

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimist

Ahh Grizzly Bear.
What beautiful confusion.
Their latest release, Veckatimist, is both eccentric and eerie, like Rufus Wainwright joins the Beatles and they all take acid together and come up with this.
Trust me, I mean that in the best way...
This post-rock-indie-experimental album can be described in one word... SOLID.
Holla!

Similar Artists: City Center, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Deerhoof, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Passion Pit, etc.

Electrik Red - How To Be A Lady Vol. 1

Electrik Red's latest album should be titled How To Be A Slut Vol.1... or maybe How To Be A Shitty Group Vol.1... or even How To Make People Puke Through Music Vol.1 ... okay you get the point.
What do you get when you throw together 4 slutty girls who can barely sing?
ELECTRIK RED!
Honestly I don't see how this group could get any worse...
The lyrics are seriously the dumbest I've ever heard... I mean come on who wrote this crap!?
"If my body's a club, you're my disco ball"
...
SHUT UP!
JUST SHUT UP!
GOD!
The only good beats backing this shit sound all too familiar... as in they definitely ripped them off from other songs, none sound original.
And why are there 4? They clearly don't play anything... I can't tell if they all sing... but I doubt it.
It looks as if this is just one girl with a semi-okay voice and her 3 friends looking for an excuse to dress like whores...
Face it bitches, there's no room in the pop world for this shit... I mean, we already have the Pussycat Dolls and all the cunts who came after them... fuck off already!
I can't even finish listening to the entire album even in 30 second samplers because it's that bad. Yeesh!

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us

This experimental/pop/psychedelic/indie band hailing from Pennsylvania is practically out of this world! Musically it's great, but I find the vocals a little bland... all in all though I'd definitely recommend a listen!

Similar Artists: Bruce Haack, Perrey-Kingsley, Caribou, Xiu Xiu etc.

Crash Kings - S/T

Rock! Rock! Rock!
Looking for a jizzworthy new ROCK album?
And not that pussy rock like The Fray (even though I love...) and definitely not that talentless cock-rock like NICKELBACK, but like, a real solid ROCK album? Kind of like The White Stripes, or even better, Cold War Kids?
Well well well.
I just might have exactly what you're looking for!
The Crash Kings actually sound extremely similar to The White Stripes and Cold War Kids, but in this rare instance they totally pull off the resemblance because they are just so fucking good... I mean, I love the CWK's, so who am I to argue with another band of the same sound who also can rock my cock off?
Especially when they show up their superiors with their low, rumbing piano that deserves Elton John-like respect, making me wish I had taken lessons, and every song (including the more heartfelt ones) turns into the most intense jam session at some point... HOTT. SEXX.
It's dirty, it's grimy, it's rock n roll baby!
Boners-away!

Mewithoutyou - It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright.

Oh.
My.
God.
Becky look at her butt... (j/k)
Did anybody else feel that?
The universe... at least the musical one... shifted last week, and I think it has a little something to do with the release of Mewithoutyou's latest It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright!
Right off the bat this is best album of Summer 2009 already, and I'm banking on it keeping that title throughout the entire year.
This hidden gem unites instruments like the accordion, trumpets, tuba, violin, and even what sounds like a xylophone together into one phenomenal album that is so unique that it questions almost any comparison.
AND IT'S CHRISTIAN! (apparently!?)
Wowzers!
With one track sounding like that USS song that was a huge hit not too long ago (which also reminds me of Placebo a wee bit), to songs resembling something you'd expect from Fake Problems or Against Me-type acts for lack of a better comparison, and the sometimes shaky vocals similar to Conor Oberst sans whine... this album pulls influences from every which direction and packages them together in a well organized and completely coordinated album that actually makes a lot of sense to the listener, despite the potential combustion of genres that most bands experience when they try to fuse together too much.
In Mewithoutyou's case the end result is a fusion of perfection, a brilliant collection of inspirations forming something diabolically good. Think of a Pinky and the Brain style plan to take over the musical world one album at a time, and while every other band represents their hilarious failed attempts, this one stands for the series finale when their plan actually works, presenting an album so astounding that it will forever rule the musical world.
Think I'm exaggerating?
THINK AGAIN!
The singing style alone sets new standards for vocalists in every genre, with the timing trailing the beat and the average word per line doubled in songs like "Cattail Down", paired with female background vocals when necessary to bring a softer side to the raw energy the album exudes.
I predict this release will (unfortunately) be the most underrated yet highly influential album of this year, with the potential to inspire many young bands to break barriers and grow the balls to discover a genre all their own and rock it.



I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

The Wooden Birds - Magnolia /Graham Coxon (Blur guitarist) - The Spinning Top

Okay, it's the end of the week, there are a couple of new albums I still have yet to talk about, and I'm lazy... so to sum everything up...

Both of these albums are good. Very good to be exact. Don't take my (very few) words for it though, listen to them yourself.






Goodnight!

Paul Wall - Fast Life

The man who made grillz popular has a new album. Fast Life is the 2009 release from the dirty southern rapper Paul Wall. This album oozes a brash rowdy sound, with mediocre lyrics and not so ground breaking beats. You would think with such producers as Travis Barker (Blink 182), Akon and Too Short, that this album would be outrageous, but it's neither good nor bad. Paul is able to stay true to his southern style, while adding more of a rock feel including some distorted guitars throughout. Although this album isn’t the best work released by Paul, it would definitely sound amazing on Girl Talk's next mash up album!

Iggy Pop – Preliminaires

Just when you though he was dead, a new album comes out. The godfather of punk is back for another round. Preliminaries is the most recent release from The Stooges front man Iggy Pop. He is back with his raspy almost scary voice backed with straight up rock and roll. Iggy spans his decades in the music industry and compiled what I believe to be a great group of songs. With tracks like "King of the Dogs", where you hear the influences from the 1930s, almost like what one would hear if sitting in a speakeasy during prohibition era. Mr. Pop also branches out and includes a French track, where he shows his worldliness, as well as a bluegrass feel acoustic song, that displays the down tempo version of Iggy. Preliminaries is a well assembled album that all generations will enjoy!

The Crystal Method - Divided By Night

Where do I begin? The Method is back, where’s my Crystal at? Already getting goose bumps and have only just begun! This big-beat house electro duo are cranking out the head bangers once again! Having such albums as Community Service vol 1&2 under their belt, I was a bit skeptical when approaching this album. These guys have done such amazing things in the dance scene, it’s hard to top what has been produced but they have done it once again! This album, from start to finish, is a sleek, sexy yet very aggressive piece of electronic heaven. With such feature vocals by Emily Haines (Metric), Justin Warfield (She Wants Revenge) and Matisyahu it’s hard to see how this album could go wrong. Not to mention production by LMFAO who at the moment are doing big things in the electro scene as well as in the remix area. All I have to say is this album has it all for those who need a good electronic pick me up.

Cam'ron - Crime Pays

The founding member of the diplomats is back, and more modest than ever. Crime Pays the is follow up to the not so well selling Killa Season. Although album sales have been down, Cam’ron hasn’t let that effect him in the slightest. Coming at the audience with is rugged, mumblie yet whimsical rap style of east coast Harlem. Using what he knows best, Cam’ron is able to keep the listen involved, rapping about the usual drugs, women and money but doing it in a classy and sometimes an I-do-give-a-shit way that makes everything seem new again! I am not the biggest fan of hardcore rap, but Cam’ron does it with a confident thuggish swagger that makes it OK for me to get crunk!

Afroman - Frobama (Head of State)

Yet another release from the self proclaimed “weed man”. Frobama is the most recent release and hopefully last from this California rapper. Am I alone on this when I say I wish he forgot to release it (because he got high) but unfortunately he remember, and now we as music lovers have to sit through another 25 song piece of musical garbage. Like everything else Afroman released, this one is crawling with marijuana madness. I get it, you like to smoke weed and so does a great big part of the world’s population, but you don’t have to base your entire career around it (that is if you were a legitimate artist and not just a gimmick)... and when you think it can’t get any better, Afroman does a new revamped 2009 version of his only big hit Because I Got High. The question is can you bring something back to life that has been beaten to death once before? Well children, the answer is what you make it, but as far as I am concerned once it’s dead it’s dead. Maybe Afroman believe in reincarnation, who knows, either way he is just rehashing what he has already done... but 10 years later. Honestly it was cool when I was in grade 7, sneaking around behind my parents back, now it’s just sad! I will have to give him credit where credit is due, the skits in between the songs kept me laughing... although all they talk about is weed and malt liquor... don't get me wrong... I love those 2 things.... but again, when that is all you have to talk about it becomes a lil pathetic!. Let’s just say, save your money on the purchase of this CD, and go get high.

Jeremy Enigk - OK Bear

Ex-front man of the now-deceased Sunny Day Real Estate, Jeremy Enigk has since been busy pumping out 4 solid albums solo on top of one record with The Fire Theft. Thankfully this guy didn't stick to his brief retirement from music years ago, enabling listeners to experience his latest OK Bear, an instrumentally stimulating piece of art that haunts the listener with it's pretty yet peaceful serenity, cerebral and bittersweet undertones, and his femininely intimate vocal stylings. A beautiful album at best.

Similar Artists: Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft, The Gloria Record, Elliott, Pedro the Lion, The Appleseed Cast

Big Business - Mind The Drift

Big Business is a three-piece band including Melvin's drummer Dale Crover on guitar. I hate to say it, but this sludgy stoner metal group has to be one of the worst bands I've heard so far in 2009. It almost makes me gag when listening to it... icky and gross... just like a slug. The vocals sound like he has some sort of ... dare I say it ... mental disorder (my apologies if he actually does... or to those who do... I was going to say it sounds like Down Syndrome but I'm betting that would be highly offensive) or maybe like he bit his tongue seconds before recording and it swelled up and he could barely sing around it, but they kept the recording anyway...

I'm sorry...
I missed that whole "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" lesson part of childhood. So sue me (only not really please).

Similar Artists: Melvins

Better Than Ezra (new drummer: Michael Jerome) - Paper Empire

Better Than Ezra... a 90's alt rock trio formed in 1987 with roots in country and punk. What I've heard of their latest it's not as interesting as past hits like "Juicy" etc, but if you're into Coldplay-esque radio rock you'll probably adore it.

Similar Artists: Coldplay, Collective Soul, Gin Blossoms, Tonic, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dishwalla, Everclear, The Verve Pipe, Sister Hazel, Presidents of the United States of America

Maxïmo Park - Quicken the Heart

Make way on your shelves or on your computers for Maximo Park's latest record Quicken The Heart, a raw yet danceable album with sharp, catchy songs heavily influenced by post punk/new wave legends like The Smiths, Wire, XTC and The Jam. Another solid release from this britpop meets post punk revival band.

Similar Artists: The Futureheads, Correcto, Django, Kill!, The Rakes, Razorlight, British Sea Power, The Bravery, Art Brut, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, The Pigeon Detectives, The Wombats, We Are Scientists, Editors, The Rifles, Boy Kill Boy

The Secret Life of Sofia

It seems as though this 5 piece from Brooklyn has perfected their style of artsy melancholy rock. They are able to lace their songs with beautifully constructed melodies which hold together each members musicianship tightly. At time, hearing influences that span from David Bowie and Tom Waits all the way to Thom Yorke (Radiohead), painting a very pretty landscape of music. These boys are able to present the audience with well “choreographed” music that shows each member at their best, without showing up the others. Very impressed with the combination of different percussion instruments (bells) and the light tickling of the piano. All in all The Secret Life of Sofia is able to bring a well-crafted piece of musical art to the table. Looking forward to hearing more from these guys!



Operation Aloha (14-member supergroup features members of Maroon 5, Gomez and Phantom Planet, etc.) - Operation Aloha

Operation Aloha is without a doubt a 14 piece phenomenon! Combining members of Maroon 5, Gomez, Phantom Planet and more they combine a love of bluesy rock with Hawaiian folk music for a one-of-a-kind visionary pop album that portrays the peaceful serenity of Hawaii. Inspired by free spirit living and little restrictions, the end result is a fascinating collection of songs that are so different from each of the respective bands each member comes from, songs that are sunny and inspiring, pretty and relaxing, and just plain interesting.

Similar Artists: Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers, Sara Watkins, Owen Beverly, Japanese Motors, National Beekeepers Society, Wild Light, Longwave, Chairlift

Meat Puppets - Sewn Together

I'm sure you've heard of them by now as the Meat Puppets celebrate almost 30 years as a band and an astonishing 12 studio releases. The altrock band was a towering force in the American underground during the mid-80's, have outlasted most of their competition and are still pumping out hits to this day. With elements of blues rock like that of ZZ Top, folk rock much like The Grateful Dead, and country rock like the King himself Neil Young, their latest release Sewn Together is both laid back, spazzy, and a little bit trippy all together in one great album.

Similar Artists: Mudhoney, Minutemen, Screaming Trees, Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr., Green River, Wipers, Nirvana, fIREHOSE, Butthole Surfers, Giant Sand, The Replacements, Dieselhead, Pixies, Ween, Mr. Bungle, Sonic Youth

Art Brut - Art Brut vs. Satan

Art Brut are, like half their name, an artsy punk meets indie rock band who rock out to quirky tunes with a snide attitude! Described as a "very eccentric, motley bunch", a statement that sums up their music as well as the members.
Worth a listen fo sho.

Similar Artists: Half Man Half Biscuit, Pulp, The Fall, Bloc Party, The Rakes, Clinic, The Cribs, Maximo Park, Franz Ferdinand, The Futureheads, The Young Knives, Good Shoes

Goes Cube - Another Day Has Passed

Goes Cube is a trio from Brooklyn spitting out post-hardcore rock featuring thick, distorted guitar, merciless bass, and cancerous drumming. The vocals are easily the weakest link, if shittatious were a real word the definition would portray a sound clip of both the disgusting screaming or the painfully low harmonies of GC. Another Day Has Passed is full of repetitive beats and radio friendly hard rock displaying nothing more than a failed imagination.
Boring, bland and just plain "BLAH".

Similar Artists: Torche, Helmet, Quicksan

The Datsuns - Headstunts

The Datsuns are back with their unique brand of garage rock and their fourth studio effort, packed full of rocking guitar solos and tantalizingly good vocals.
The first listen will leave you immediately head over heels for this album, rocking out with your cock out all over the place... pants down, boners up!
The record is full of evidence of their God-like influences, such as Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, AC/DC, MC5... each classic rock king leaving their mark within each jam.
Clearly the leaders of the "The" bands for a reason, and about to dominate the indie airwaves yet again with Headstunts.
Enjoy it!

Similar Artists: Iceage Cobra, Young Heart Attack, Jet, Division of Laura Lee, The Hellacopters, The Hives, The Strokes, The Vines, The Libertines, The Von Bondies, The D4, The Flaming Sideburns, The Mooney Suzuki, Nashville Pussy

Calcaska: The EP available now on ITunes.

EPIC.
Check it out here:
www.purevolume.com/calcaska
or here:
www.myspace.com/calcaska

Honestly, it's all good shit but "Summer Bones" is one of the most epic yet modestly so songs I've heard in a while.

Seriously check it out.

Crisis in Hollywood - Safe and Sound

Crisis In Hollywood are yet another melodic hardcore saturated pop punk band, with tons of catchy hooks and infectious 4 part vocal harmonies. Although the band easily displays talent and a vague uniqueness through each of the voices, the hauntingly sexy piano (see "Something's Changed In Me") is the only thing that really sets them apart from the other peas in their pod. The song "Can't Turn Around" really sticks out through their flavourful bass lines and background harmonics, but this is the type of band who grabs more attention as you get to know the lyrics and can sing along, giving you more of an attachment to them before they fade into the background.

Similar Artists: Crash Romeo, Just Surrender, Four Year Strong, First Class Fever, Radio Pirate DJ, Return To Arms, Starting Over

Aiden - Knives

If I wanted to listen to AFI, I'd probably listen to AFI... not Aiden's latest album Knives, the Misfit's-influenced, My Chemical Romance-infused AFI rip-off.
Yet another dark and melodic emo/punk group formed in spring 2003 out of Seattle, Washington, who integrate gothic undertones and a love for horror with post-hardcore angles and an underlying pop-like routine.

Meh.

Similar Artists: AFI, My Chemical Romance, I Am Ghost, Hawthorne Heights, Love Equals Death, H.I.M., From First To Last, Kill Hannah, The Used

Burden of a Day - Oneonethousand

DUUUUUUUDE!
This record is siq.
I can't stop listening to it.
Finally something that I want to come back and listen to after I write this, something that gives my ears the equivalent to a raging boner!
HOLLA!

The source of my ear boner?
A post hardcore/screamo band you may know called Burden of a Day, and their third album Oneonethousand.
Heartfelt and melodic in all the right places, I'm instantly drawn in to the style of vocals that make it almost second nature to join in, and holy crap I even appreciate the growling (a buh!?). At times reminding me of a progressive Boys Night Out, or (although it sickens me to say this) a thousand times better Thursday. Adding a splash of Christian tendencies (another a buh!? for me) and a dash of pop makes a world of difference to hook the listener on this band, with catchy sing-a-long's and the balls to toss in a breakdown or two this album is a definite Must Hear.

Similar Artists: Here I Come Falling, Oceana, In Fear and Faith, Before Their Eyes, A Skylit Drive

Ciara - Fantasy Ride

The first lady of crunk is back with her third release Fantasy Ride, which is her most confident and sexy album yet. This album was originally a concept album with three parts. But in the end the project was too much to conceive, with delays for months, and in the end was scraped. With producers like The Dream, and Christopher Stewart (Rihanna/Beyonce) this album is full of club bangers as well as her signature slow jams! With special guest such as Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott and Ludacris, the listener is in for a stylish treat

Similar Artists: Keri Hilson, Rihanna, Beyonce , Amerie, Cassie

Devil Wears Prada - With Roots and Branches Below

This Dayton, OH metal core band is back with their 3rd release With Roots and Branches Below, which will not disappoint the original fans. With low bellowing screams complimented with melodic guitar shredding keeps listener going. This album is an intense piece of well oiled heavy metal machinery that is nonstop action.

Similar Artists: Bring Me the Horizon, Underoath, August Burns Red

Heavyweight Dub Champion - Rise of the Champion Nation

The 2nd release from this bass heavy groups is one for the dance hall. HDC do an amazing job of combining grimy drawn out bass lines with spoken word that is cut up with some well defined scratching. At times parts of what we know best from dancehall and roots reggae are smashed together with the street rap style vocals. This album is done up to the 9’s and at time is stripped right down to the basic few sample tracks, including acoustic instruments as well as ones from around the world. Well constructed!! With special appearances by KRS-one and Lady K, this is sure not to disappoint!

Similar Artist: Dubconscious, Dub Syndicate

New York Dolls - Cause I Sez So

Five years after the reunion these boys are back with a new release almost 36 years after their original debut. With only two original members remaining it’s understandable that the dolls took a more subdued approach to the album. Still, they bring their downtown punk rock & roll sounds just with a bit more maturity. At time you hear a reggae/blues feel to the album most notable in their re-recorded tack “Trash” where they add a slight reggae feel, but are still able to keep the dolls cocky sound.

Similar Artists: The Stooges, Johnny Thunders, MC5

Peaches - I Feel Cream

She’s back … with her cocksure rapping and drum machine beats!! The Canadian vulgar songstress still has it. Working with producers form Simian Mobile Disco (most notable for their smash single We Are Your Friends featuring Justice) she is able to bring the same ol’ dirty raps, but this time had more of an electronic feel. This album has more of an erotic disco feel but still packs a sleazy punch in the man-gina, with Peaches behind the mic!

Similar Artists: Le Tigre, Chicks on Speed, Amanda Blank, Spank Rock

Elliot Yamin - Fight For Love

This is the second release for 5th season of American Idol runner up. That’s right kiddies… the runner up is on his second… who won that year??(does it matter)?? Elliot is back with his soothing, earthy vocals, bringing R&B sound to the pop contemporary world.

Similar Artists: Robin Thicke, Remy Shand

Buckwheat Zydeco - Lay Your Burden Down

One of the most well-known accordionists is back. Bringing back the American folk music sound of the South, also known as rub-board. This album is an energetic and cheerful piece of Americana. Defiantly the Cajun album to check out this year!

Similar artists: Bluesrunners, Clifton Chenier, Boozoo Chavis

Rick Derringer - Knighted By the Blues

Still on the scene, what seems like forever (rock and roll hoochie Koo, 1974), Rick is back with his rousing and rowdy version of blues rock. This album is like a siren song for those baby boomers who actually knew what it’s like to rock and roll! This rock and roll legend did an excellent job in creating a new sound with old values!
EDITORS NOTE: Please check out his myspace! Sorry for the lack of link :)

Similar Artists: The McCoys, Pat Travers, Foghat

El Nuevo Grupo De Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Cryptomnesia

The first of a trio of albums for this group, which includes members of Mars Volta/At The Drive in (Omar Rodriguez Lopez) as well as members of Hella (Zach Hill, Jonathan Hischke). Crytomnesia also features vocals from, Mars Volta’s front man Cedric Bixler Zavala. Full of sprawling space rock and experimental playful sounds creates an ambitious yet musically full sound! A force to be reckoned with.

Similar Artists: Mars Volta, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quintet

Electric Owls - Ain't Too Bright

Debut release from indie singer/songwriter Andy Herod (of the comas), who now goes under the moniker Electric Owls. This is a warm playful album that combines indie folk with an electronic undertone. Ain’t Too Bright contains features from indie veterans from Band of Horses and The Gutter Twins. A well rounded piece of engaging power pop!

Similar Artists: Rogue Waves, MGMT

Ben Harper and Relentless7 - White Lies for Dark Times

Another release from the folky yet soulful singer/songwriter. This time enlisting the help of Austin TX group called Relentless7. This album, unlike others is more of a balls-out rock album mixed with some old time blues. Harper is still able to keep his beautiful acoustic side, but experiments with a more rugged sound than usual.

Similar Artists: Donavon Frankenreiter, Wilco, Relentless7

Incendiary – Crusade

This is the first release from the Long Island NY’s five piece Incendiary. Full of earth shaking melodies that are complimented by higher registered vocals. A clean sounding album with massive dynamics between the band members. Crusade is almost a throwback to the 90’s hardcore scene, fueled by frustrations.

Similar Artists: Call it Fire, Blood Red, Silent Majority

Isis - Wavering Radiant

This is the fifth full length album from these post metal veterans. The new album seems to be more orchestral them others, with more back and forth play with the instruments. Also, the addition of another guitarist makes for a full sound. Although they are a “heavy metal” band, they are still able to use ambient dynamics and layers of feedback and power chords. Defiantly a brooding piece of sludge metal!

Similar Artists: Neurosis, Pelican, Cult of Luna

Jewel – Lullaby

Lullaby is the most recent release from contemporary folk singer/songwriter Jewel. She continues to bring gentle soothing vocals overlaid on her soft acoustic sound. Though this album is a covers album, and not to mention her first children’s album, she is still able to add her own twist on classic children's favorites! Simple and sweet and good for the entire family

1 Raven
2 All the Animals
3 Sweet Dreams for You
4 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
5 Circle Song
6 The Cowboy's Lament
7 Day Dream Land
8 Sov Gott (Sleep Well)
9 Dreamer
10 Forever and a Day (Always)
11 Gloria
12 Somewhere Over the Rainbow
13 Angel Standing By
14 Simple Gifts
15 Brahms Lullaby

Similar Artists: Sarah McLaughlin, Fiona Apple, Lisa Loeb, (children’s sing – a – long cd’s)

Detournement - Screaming Response

This is the first release form these punk rockers. Formally members of such bands as Bigwig, Ensign, and Ratchets. They use the simple short fast and loud break down of punk music. With simple construction and politically charged lyrics.

Similar Artists: Bigwig, Ensign, Ratchets

The Chariot - Wars and Rumors of War

Chariot is back with their alternative metal act, fronted by Josh Scogin (formally of Norma Jean). This album is packed with dramatic vocal and piercing guitars. At times albums seems to be all over the place, but then is roped back in to the driving sound we are use to. This album offers a brooding look at the Christian alternative scene.

Similar Artists: Norma Jean, Underoath, Every Time I Die

Shout Out Out Out Out - Reintegration Time

This one is sure to get you to cut a rug. Dust off your dancing shoes and grab a partner. The Shout out out out out are back with a vengeance. Obsessed with electro synth and vocoders and not trying to hide it, these guys are about to bring the sweat! This album is a stylish and playful indie electronic experiment gone completely in the right direction Not just a one trick pony!!!

Similar Artists: LCD Soundsystem, Death From Above 1979, The Rapture, !!! (chk chk chk)

Sparks the Rescue - Eyes To The Sun

We all know how much I love my pop/punk... I even like to consider myself a pop/punk connoisseur, since the majority of my day is spent sitting in front of my work computer searching endlessly for my next daily pop/punk obsession.
If you've ever been on purevolume.com you know that pop/punk is produced in surplus every dog darn day, and one after another they sound identical to the last.
(Say pop/punk one more time I dare you.... POP/PUNK)
What I look for is a band that can hook me in, be it with the voice, a catchy chorus, enjoyable guitar or drums and so on and so forth...and Sparks The Rescue definitely were able to catch my attention. Eyes To The Sun is the debut album from these young'ins whose ages average at around 19 or 20 years old... and BTW they have been together since roughly 1999... colour me impressed already!
With their innocent and cute "bop bop bopping" love songs with super catchy sing-a-long choruses and well placed clap-a-longs, each track comes off as sweet, innocent, and just plain fun.
At times the tracks (especially the vocals) sound like the All American Rejects, and matched with the same style of hook-filled radio-friendly pop punk STR can almost be considered as AAR's precious little brother band. At other times, such as the chorus in "My Heart Radio", the boys sound like they could replace the Jonas Brothers on Disney, acting as a punkier, older, slightly heavier big brother band to those three twerps err stars.
Either way these boys are high on my radar and I guarantee if you like any of the bands below they will be high on yours too.
Check out their exclusive stream of the newbie on purevolume.com/sparkstherescue.
Their release also comes in an Itunes deluxe edition which includes a couple of acoustic versions of the most popular tracks and two other super-bad-ass songs as well.

Similar Artists: Too Late The Hero, Signal The Escape, Therefore I Am, A Loss For Words, Armor for the Broken, Brighten, Ice Nine Kills, Valencia, Driver Side Impact, Blinded Black, The Morning Light, Hit The Lights, All American Rejects

Patrick Watson & The Wooden Arms - Wooden Arms

Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer/songwriter who infuses together a blend of cabaret, pop and classical with indie rock, folk and alternative, what some might consider "contemporary chamber pop".
What.... a whirlwind.
Wooden Arms is his third full length album thus far, and this sophisticated mix of ethereal tracks contain beautiful piano, gorgeous female harmonies, and a very delicate yet soothing style of guitar. All together he threatens to sing me to sleep with his wistful and gentle tunes, and I don't mean that in a bad way either. The entire album is intimate and heavenly, and literally is what people mean when they say something is "music to your ears".

Similar Artists: Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley, Maljube, Karkwa, Plants and Animals, Great Lake Swimmers, Martha Wainwright, The Dears, Antony and the Johnsons, Coldplay, The Shins

Zao - Awake?

First of all, I just want to say that my favourite part about this band (and the only thing I like about them) is the frontman's insane moustache... how much for a moustache ride buddy? eh eh!?

Anyhoo, Zao is a christian punk revival/alternative metal band with lots of raw, angry, husky growling with an edge that makes me want to scream CLEAR YOUR GODDAMN THROAT!!! (oops, is that blasphemy?)The ministry-oriented faith-based hardcore band produces radio friendly harmonies thrown into the midst of angst ridden cries for their latest release titled Awake?
And I think it's pretty crappy. WHOMP x2.
According to allmusic.com though it's...
"A staple of the annual Cornerstone festivals, Zao is perhaps the first metalcore band with roots in the Christian music scene to enjoy a credible, respected position in the mainstream halls of the hardcore and metal realms. Their Carcass-inspired vocals have inspired a slew of imitators of their own. Multi-instrumentalist/drummer/founding member Jesse Smith has long been recognized as one of the best percussionists in heavy music. And the band's lack of apprehension about straying from proven formulas, genre restrictions, and labels of any kind is astounding."
Similar Artists: Strife, Unashamed, Underoath, Norma Jean, As I Lay Dying, Unbroken, Training for Utopia, Neurosis, Napalm Death, Sick Of It All, Living Sacrifice, Embodyment, Luti-Kriss, Symphony in Peril, Extol, Nodes of Ranvier

The Vaselines - Enter the Vaselines [Deluxe]

Most famously known as one of Kurt Cobain's biggest influences, The Vaselines date back to 1986 (which means they are the same age as ME) and are still going strong. The twee pop/indie/alternative rock band showcases their years of experience in Enter The Vaselines, which is well-written with great guitar and super fun songs to shake a tail to. Rambunctious, energetic, sexy, rowdy yet brash, the band has developed a cult following since the words of praise from Cobain, but I do believe they would have had just as much success without him, although it probably would have taken a few more years to gain the recognition they deserve.
Described by allmusic.com as
"lewd but naive adn abrasive yet tender, the band's shambling primitivist squall remains a perfect distillation of pop at it's most guileless and euphoric."
Similar Artists: Violent Femmes, They Might Be Giants, The Breeders, Beat Happening, The Pastels, Shop Assistants, The Orchids, The Field Mice, Comet Gain, Television Personalities, Talulah Gosh, Tiger Trap, Black Tambourine