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    Kissing Party - Rediscover Lovers

    With haunting synths that recall the first three New Order records and a charming collection of songs that otherwise echo the Smiths' twee moments as fed through a Wall of Sound, Rediscover Lovers, Kissing Party's new disc, finds the act imbuing its...

    by Tom Murphy on September 20, 2007
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    Hot Hot Heat - Happiness Ltd.

    The epic, soaring sonics on Happiness Ltd., Hot Hot Heat's latest effort, owe a debt to some tricked-out production that results in a number of satisfying swells. The strongest candidates for airplay are front-loaded for instant gratification, while...

    by Rick Skidmore on September 20, 2007
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    Various Artists - A Moveable Feast III

    Satire Records' Jack Redell is taking a cue from Prince, who was among the first artists to thank concert attendees by including a free CD with every ticket sold. Redell, though, is one-upping His Purpleness. Those who go to A Moveable Feast, a cele...

    by Michael Roberts on September 20, 2007
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    Flobots Fight With Tools - This insurgent hip-hop crew will move you by any means necessary.

    Stephen Brackett's intuition was unbelievably strong -- when it came to Jamie Laurie, anyway. On his first day at Bradley Elementary, the wide-eyed fourth-grader took one look at the fifth-grader across the schoolyard and whispered to his father, "H...

    by Dave Herrera on September 20, 2007
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    Beyond Playlist: Perry Farrell's Satellite Party and More

    Perry Farrell's Satellite Party Ultra Payloaded (Columbia) It's been ages since Farrell's best work with Jane's Addiction. Today, he's more of a scenester and raconteur than a musician interested in pushing anything other than product, and he prov...

    @ Backbeat by Michael Roberts on June 8, 2007 @ 2:12 pm
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    Beyond Playlist: Miracle Fortress and More

    Miracle Fortress Five Roses (Secret City Records) Canada is spewing out worthy new bands a lot more frequently than it's celebrating Stanley Cup champions. (Sorry, Ottawa fans.) This Montreal combo, led by Graham Van Pelt, specializes in an especi...

    @ Backbeat by Michael Roberts on June 7, 2007 @ 8:45 am
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    Bloc Party On

    As noted in this June 7 profile, Bloc Party has ridden the hype rollercoaster over the past few years. The band's 2005 disc, Silent Alarm, was greeted with so many hosannas by British music journalists that their American counterparts reflexively p...

    @ Backbeat by Michael Roberts on June 7, 2007 @ 8:18 am
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    Review: Great Northern @ Larimer Lounge

    Slide Show Chris Adolph of Bad Weather California sat alone in a folding chair on the stage of the Larimer, in front of an all but empty room, bathed in green light. "I'm going to pretend this room is full," he said and then started playing.Adolph ...

    @ Backbeat on June 5, 2007 @ 1:37 pm
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    Review: Born in the Flood @ Larimer Lounge

    Slide Show The Born in the Flood barbecue June 3 at the Larimer Lounge was everything good about being in Denver right now. The weather was pleasant, if a bit weird. Overcast but warm, with a moderate breeze blowing through, it might not have been...

    @ Backbeat on June 4, 2007 @ 1:01 pm
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    Review: We Are! We Are!/ The Narrator @ Larimer Lounge

    Slide Show There is a reason we eat dessert last. See, if you have the best part of the meal up front, it sort of ruins everything else. How exciting are boiled potatoes when you're still savoring the taste of that chocolate mousse? This applies...

    @ Backbeat on June 4, 2007 @ 12:47 pm
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    What You Missed This Weekend (June 1-3)

    We Are! We Are!, All Capitals, The Narrator and Me Llamo Rosa Larimer Lounge Friday, June 1st Slide show Live review Ultrachronic Walnut Room Saturday, June 2nd Slide show Tribute to Nat Yarbrough Dazzle Saturday, June 2nd Slide show M...

    @ Backbeat on June 4, 2007 @ 10:32 am
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    Welcome to Beyond Playlist

    Your eyeballs have found a new blog category that will appear every so often in Backbeat Online: Beyond Playlist. The concept is simple. Even in the waning days of the CD era, reviewers such as yours truly are sent far more discs than we can possibly...

    @ Backbeat by Michael Roberts on June 4, 2007 @ 8:56 am
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    Wino Diaries - Make room on the Amy Winehouse bandwagon.

    I'm a little worried about Amy Winehouse. I mean, have you seen her lately? The girl's a mess -- and I'm not talking about that godawful, steel-wool, Mistress of the Dark beehive of hers or the whoriffic, toddler-set-loose-with-a-Sharpie-smeared eye ...

    by Dave Herrera on September 13, 2007
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    The National Perks Up - Despite its reputation, the band isn't all that downcast.

    I never really think of our stuff as that depressing," says Matt Berninger, "so when I'm asked it over and over again, it makes it obvious to me that our records must sound depressing to so many people, and I've never really wanted them to or thought...

    by Cory Casciato on September 13, 2007
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    The Flaming Lips Are on Fire! - Wayne Coyne and company are still as creative as they are prolific.

    A few years back, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne asked fans to don animal costumes and cavort on stage, unaware that the invitation would appeal to self-proclaimed furries, many of whom enjoy having sex while clad as cartoonish mascots. "We di...

    by Michael Roberts on September 13, 2007
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    Duke Robillard Gets Around - This versatile guitarist plays more than just the blues.

    While guitarist Duke Robillard has been hailed as a world-class blues player, the guy is equally adept in jazz, swing and rockabilly. The Roomful of Blues founder's diverse playing style has attracted the attention of Tom Waits, who took him on the ...

    by Jon Solomon on September 13, 2007
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    The Arcade Fire Burns On - Fresh off its European festival tour, these Canadians ignite the States.

    After a summer full of hour-long sets at European festivals, the Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry was tired when he answered the phone. Nonetheless, he offered insight into the band's performances, which are magical events to be savored like lost tee...

    by Sean Cronin on September 13, 2007
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    Kanye West - Graduation Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella

    Kanye is the most exciting man in rap because he puts out quality, popular albums. Forget the artless 50 Cent and Akon -- Kanye tries harder, and Graduation, which has thirteen bangers and zero skits, reflects the man's tireless work ethic. Having un...

    by Ben Westhoff on September 13, 2007
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    50 Cent - Curtis Shady/Aftermath/Interscope

    Earlier this year, 50 Cent made millions from an investment in Glaceau Vitamin Water -- so much loot, in fact, that he's bragged about how he "doesn't even have to rap." That's clearly the case on Curtis: 50 is no longer hungry, and it shows. Thi...

    by Quibian Salazar-Moreno on September 13, 2007
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    New Ancient Astronauts - Astronautilus Self-released

    The opening salvo of Astronautilus, New Ancient Astronauts' second long-player, is the bombastic and campy "Catasteroid." Who else but maybe Blue yster Cult could take the idea of a gigantic asteroid about to hit the earth and end all life on the pl...

    by Tom Murphy on September 13, 2007
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