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The Orangu-Tones
Introducing the Simian Sounds of the...
(Wormtone)
Take a danceable rock groove straight from 1962, add a pair of blaring saxes, an ape fixation and a keg or so of beer. For the Orangu-Tones, it all adds up to Introducing the Simian Sounds of the..., a crisply trashy debut that snares the essence of all-American rock and roll before the Brits took over. The record deftly monkeys with an assortment of little-played covers and backward-looking originals. "Ooga Booga" is one of the standouts in the latter category: "Baby, you're one fine-looking simian/Me Tarzan, you're the most!" -- Peterson

Lynn Patrick
When She Dreams
(Hapi Skratch)
Lynn Patrick must be a lucid dreamer. When She Dreamsis another lush offering that finds the guitarist in beautiful control of her instrument, teasing from it an array of harmonics, tones and feelings that do indeed conjure the REM state. A glorious group of friends turns up to help Patrick flush out her vision: the Dudes' Steve Amadee, guitarist Dave Beegle and slide player Sally Van Meter are among those who contribute to this twelve-song brainscape. Patrick's latest is worth waking up for. -- Bond

Planes Mistaken for Stars
Spearheading the Sin Movement
(No Idea)
It's hard to believe how far this band has come since its 1999 self-titled debut. Once peddlers of the clean-cut emo anthem, Planes Mistaken for Stars has since sunk to the sludgy depths of rock depravity -- which is all the better for us. Spearheading the Sin Movementpicks up where last year's Fuck With Firealbum left off; the three-song EP is epic and dirge-like, huffing Motörhead's heaviness and siphoning chaos from Black Flag and Void. The guitars fluctuate between behemoth riffs and jarring, Greg Ginn-style licks that jab like hypodermics; the dual vocals throw up a wall of raw belligerence. But where Fuck With Fire has a tendency to wallow in its own darkness, Sin Movement is a focused, concentrated kidney punch of black noise and coarse melody that transcends mere "hardcore." Conceptual? Nope. Just a high-speed meltdown of powerful rock and roll. (See noidearecords.com.) -- Heller

Reverend Leon's Revival
Reverend Leon's Revival
(Hapi Skratch)
Reverend Leon has been revived. After three members fled the flock earlier this year, the band has come back from the dead newly dedicated to spreading it gin-soaked gospel. Reverend Leon's Revival, recorded earlier this year, chronicles the group's first incarnation and its early search for the sound of salvation. The ensemble manages to hit heavenly heights on the stellar studio tracks "Reverend Leon's Refrigerator Call/Gospel Beat" and "Star." To listen to this disc, and to see the current Revival live, is to realize that evolution is not merely a theory. -- Patrick Casey

Rocket Ajax
Receptive to the Unkind
(Hapi Skratch)
Before Rocket Ajax relocated to the City of Angels, the band released Receptive to the Unkindas a parting gift to its fans in Denver. Grinding and gritty, the disc is commercially viable hostility, with belligerent vocals, crisp rhythms and coarse guitars fused in a hard-rock style that would sound just fine blaring out of KROQ. The boys are gone, but this CD ensures they won't be forgotten. -- Soltero

Rubber Planet
Fun With Rubber
(Hapi Skratch)
With sunshine and rainbows, beguiling hooks and sweet melodies, Fun is just that: Rubber Planet's third disc is a musical treat that recalls '60-era flower-power pop groups. The songs here are buoyant and bubbly, playful and resilient, and likely to bounce right into your brain. -- Soltero

Sentence
Bomb Shelter Poetry
(Voicebox)
A verbal pugilist with a gutsy baritone, Sentence stays true to hip-hop's lyrical roots during Bomb Shelter Poetry, a text-heavy barrage of brains and beats. "My poetry's a shelter from this world's self-destruction," he states, sharing his personal notes from the underground. One-third of Denver's Makeshift Gods project -- mates Effort and DJ Thought provide plenty of inventive scratches throughout the cinematic long-player -- Sentence offers introspective battle rap with a bunker mentality. -- La Briola

Soapy Argyle
MacAlaster
(Sparky the Dog)
Soapy Argyle realized that the magic of digital technology is the very thing that would allow him to piece together a simple mock opera that condemns the digital age. Or something like that. As Argyle's bawdy tall tale unfolds, a misplaced farm kid named Dan experiences "ecstasy in dungarees" before tangling with woolly pirates and begging God to kill him for the sin of bad fashion. A good-natured mix of rural tones, jazzbo narration, psychedelia and sea chanteys, MacAlaster (pronounced "mackle-astor") even comes with a swell cartoon booklet by Starving Magpie progenitor Lucas Richards. Arrrrr! -- La Briola

Sons of Armageddon
Sons of Armageddon, featuring Hugg-E
Kitchen sinks can be messy, and musical genre-blending is just like any other recipe: If the ingredients don't groove with each other, it's gonna taste like shit. Nonetheless, the Sons of Armageddon serve up a gourmet pièce de résistance on their debut sampler. By crafting a beautifully chaotic mix of trip-hop, acid jazz and trance that includes samples of everything from baying barn animals to bleating horns, the Sons manage to groove, chill and -- gulp -- challenge the listener, in that order. -- Casey

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