September '12 CD of the Month: Haptics by The Cactus Channel

As far as debut records go, it's rare to find bands as uniquely confident as The Cactus Channel. Their brand new album Haptics finds a way to take the funk format of the Meters and the Budos Band and twist it into whatever new shape this group of Australian youngsters sees fit. Originally coming together at Princes Hill High School in Melbourne, Australia, this group of musically bound whippersnappers passed throu...

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August '12 CD of the Month: The Sparrow by Lawrence Arabia

From New Zealand, James Milne got his start when the joined indie pop outfit the Brunettes. Fellow Brunettes member Ryan McPhun formed The Ruby Suns and recruited Milne as the bassist for the band. Though he had these awesome gigs, Milne wanted to express his finesse for classic songwriting, so Milne created the alter ego Lawrence Arabia, the kind of one-mand-band that mixes gloomy singer-songwriter tunes with infect...

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July '12 CD of the Month: Ruler of the Night by Magic Trick

Tim Cohen, best known as the frontman of San Francisco’s The Fresh and Onlys, releases Magic Trick’s top-notch second album, Ruler of the Night. Magic Trick was initially conceived as a solo side project, where Cohen would pour out new material during spare hours between touring with The Fresh and Onlys. Cohen recruited his friends James Kim (of Kelley Stoltz’s band), Alicia Vanden Heuvel (of Aislers Set),...

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June '12 CD of the Month: Celebration Rock by Japandroids

  Vancouver, B.C., duo Japandroids follow up their excellent debut Post-Nothing with another stellar album: Celebration Rock. The band, comprised of singer/guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse, formed in 2006. They self-released a pair of five-track EPs, All Lies (2007) and Lullaby Death Jams (2008) before releasing 2009's Post-Nothing. Thanks to the album's critical acclaim, the duo beg...

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May '12 CD of the Month: Locked Down by Dr. John

Dr. John is back with another exceptional record, the aply titled Locked Down, a well-rounded effort synthesizing the many styles of the legendary artist. Though the album has an undeniably modern sound, it still possesses that classic swamp-rock funk that Dr. John is known for. Dr. John has been active in the music industry since the late '50s when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack. The musician ...

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