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Brian Campbell
The Dangerous Summer is the next band in a long line of solid punk pop acts that Hopeless Records has churned out.
Troy Michael
...I remember hearing his angelic, haunting voice over the store stereo and thinking this guy was doing something totally different musically...
John B. Moore
Sounding a bit like The Band, but with the hippie vibe replaced with punk rock swagger, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band are one of a handful of groups that could actually get away with playing both Bonnaroo and the Warped Tour.
John B. Moore
Housemates fight over groceries, missing rent and occasionally sleep with each other, but rarely do they start a band on a whim and end up touring the continent.
John B. Moore
The old, rusting steel mills and German butcher shops of Lehigh Valley, Penn., have not exactly served as a Mecca for indie rock. But four guys from Easton, Penn., are about to make a decent argument for why it may be someday.
John B. Moore
"The only rule was to remember the spirit of Aloha."

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John B. Moore
Cancelled after only seven episodes, “The Dana Carvey Show,” which ran on ABC in 1996, is probably best remembered for its supporting cast, which included Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert and Saturday Night Live/Conan O’Brien favorite Robert Smigel.
John B. Moore
“Fanboys” is just as much homage to writer/director Kevin Smith as it is to “Star Wars,” the Holy Grail the characters are chasing throughout the movie.
John B. Moore
When it first aired in 2002-2003, it was pretty obvious that the sitcom “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” was never going to make it.

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Judy Nelson
Instead of the bravado that mainstream hip hop displays, with the money, and the cars and the women, Atmosphere is realistic and sometimes even depressive.
Brian Campbell
Burn Halo, fronted by former Eighteen Visions singer James Hart, is a band slathered with big guitars and even bigger hooks.
John B. Moore
The dozen songs that make up the band’s debut for the most part are solid but lyrically bring out a few eye rolls with their over-the-top, life-or-death proclamations
Lisa Zyga
A little bit of jazz, some folk, gypsy flutes, spoken word and eccentric arrangements – taken together, Coyote Poets describe their sound as “folkadelic,” and it’s almost just as corny as it sounds.
Brian Campbell
Tim Kasher and company have returned with an album full of youthful angst-ridden emo and bleeding heart dreariness.
Shane Matthew Stiles
More often than not, bands will use the phrase “we matured a lot between releases,” but there’s no denying that The Decemberists have developed their sound far past anything they’ve done before.
John B. Moore
It’s great to see one of the UK’s most influential goth rockers back in top form.
John B. Moore
The sound is a little closer to power pop than the garage rock most associate with the band, but the group’s central themes of booze, partying and regret are still front and center.
Brian Campbell
You could say Autonomy Games is something of progressive adult pop rock, but rest assured, pigeonholing these guys is a tall task.
Greg Walker
A slower-tempo album by the guy from Swervedriver may not sound particularly tempting to some, but after a few listens, it becomes highly evident that this is one of the greatest pieces of work that Franklin has put out in his career.
John B. Moore
Despite their presence, the energy that made Once Bitten such a great blues-fused metal record is pretty much at its lowest levels.
Brian Campbell
This record should send goth kids and wannabe vampires alike into a tizzy, dancing three seconds then taking a drag off of their cigarette, or whatever it is that goth kids do.
Brian Campbell
If you want something different, here it is.
Jonathan Tuttle
Best known for his comedy of the 1970s and his impressive movie career since then, a lot of people, including myself, didn’t know Steve Martin was an accomplished banjo player.
Shane Matthew Stiles
Mute Math is this generation’s American U2. Brilliantly written rock songs that could please not only the hipster kid, but are genius enough to warrant mainstream radio airplay, pack out this EP and their other studio releases as well.
Brian Campbell
Listen: metalcore might be a slowly dying scene, but not if No Bragging Rights and their debut record, The Consequence of Dreams, has anything to say about it. If metalcore is dying, apparently these Californians didn’t get the memo.
Judy Nelson
On their debut I Blame You, Obits churns out gritty, uncompromising rock and roll in its purest form, performed by adults (!!) with experience and talent.
Greg Walker
As blistering fast as Klang seems to go by, The Rakes find a way to pack in plenty of hooks and melody.
Jonathan Tuttle
The name may sound a little rough, but Ruby Throat has released a debut album that is beautifully atmospheric with a thin line of alt country elements.
Valerie Enriquez
With her fourth album, Vienna Teng continues her sonic exploration of the human experience with the same fragile complexity as 2006's Dreaming Through the Noise.
Cristy Scoggins
Portland-based Viva Voce are stylish, sexy dream rockers, featuring female–male vocals not unlike the Raveonettes—or even Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra—and hazy, shimmery sound production.
John B. Moore
Like wearing a cowboy hat with a Sex Pistols t-shirt, the Von Ehrics have no problem mixing dirty country with a little punk rock.
John B. Moore
No idea how you can be gloomy in LA, but something’s bumming out the kids in War Tapes.
Lisa Zyga
Winfred E. Eye have an eye for simple, everyday details, a trait that makes their music thoughtful and a bit melancholy, but perfect for quiet, end-of-day reflections.
Lisa Zyga
Zelazowa’s second album, Elephants on a Mousehunt, is a loud, pounding, fast album that sounds familiar just because it’s so easy to get into.

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