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Coming Up For Air

Octave Memory Tapes

3.5 out of 5 stars

Former Boulderite and current Brooklynite Derek VanScoten has added a unique title to the hackneyed producer/dj tag that he and thousands of others already sport — guitarist. D.V.S* combines live guitar riffs over produced electronic dance beats, and in doing so brings an organic dynamic to the genre. The former DeVotchKa and Motet player who made the move to New York a few years back utilizes his guitar chops (and on one dubstep track, mandolin) to bring a very earthy feeling to electronica. The double album features an absolutely massive 30 tracks broken up into two volumes, subtitled Dusk and Dawn.

:: Aggie Theatre :: November 18 ::

:: Summit Music Hall :: November 19 ::

:: Mountain Sun :: November 20 ::

Poet’s Row

Exquisite Corpse


4 out of 5 stars

Poet’s Row’s latest disc Exquisite Corpse proves that sparse, simple music can be just as enthralling as songs overflowing with notes. The indie folk duo, who unveiled their EP at The Meadowlark in October, is comprised of apartment neighbors Mickey Bakas and Emily Hobbs. Hobbs’ soaring, captivating vocals are the highlight of the disc, but the simple accompaniment and harmonies lend rich textures for this aptly named poetic group.

Camile Bloom

Never Out Of Time


2.5 out of 5 stars

Seattle songwriter Camille Bloom’s latest album Never Out of Time is billed as “feisty acoustic rock” and that’s a fitting description for the poppy acoustic-based songstress. However, while a couple of tracks on Never Out of Time convey some power and depth, much of it comes across like disposable poppy chick rock that fails to connect.

:: Camille Bloom ::

:: Avogadro’s Number :: November 3 ::

:: Walnut Room Pizzeria :: November 4 ::


Lenny & The Piss Poor Boys

Lenny & The Piss Poor Boys (re-issue)

Suburban Home Records

4 out of 5 stars

When the owner of the label heralds the re-release as “one of my top five favorite records on the planet” you can’t help but jump at a vinyl re-issue. The cow-punk masters from Boston, Mass. get the royal treatment on this with insane amounts of goodies for the deluxe set.


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