Bear Claw: Find The Sun

Bear Claw - Find The SunChicago’s Bear Claw wear their hometown on their sleeves with their Steve Albini-produced LP Find The Sun, but some might not find that to be a necessarily good thing. With a dark, Shellac-influenced angularity, the two-bassed-trio often find themselves in well-chartered territory with the production further driving them into the niche that At Action Park helped to forge over ten years ago.

Willy Mason: Where the Humans Eat

Willy Mason - Where the Humans EatIn the tradition of croaking white-boy singer-songwriters from Dylan to Neil Young to Springsteen, this guy really can’t sing. His voice warbles and strains at higher notes and rests more comfortably at a flat drone down low.

The Arcade Fire: Funeral

The Arcade Fire - FuneralWhen I asked a friend of mine whom, to her credit, has been raving about this band longer than anyone I know; what it was about it she liked so much, she simply replied “it has everything I like about music right now all in one band.” I can see how she’d get that out of listening to their debut full length Funeral.

Julie Doiron: Goodnight Nobody

Julie Doiron - Goodnight NobodyYou would be hard-pressed to find a review of a Julie Doiron record that does not make mention of how dark and hauntingly beautiful sounding her records are. There’s good reason to mention this since Julie Doiron stands out as one of the best Singer/Songwriters in North America.

The Mendoza Line: Fortune

The Mendoza Line - FortuneThe Mendoza Line Fortune plays more like a three way split cd than an actual album. The tracks rotate in sets of three between Bob Dylan sounding male vocals set to folk-ish guitars, female vocals set to contemporary country and then a more traditional indie band sound with both male and female vocals, and a hint of alt. country in the song writing.

Tommy Stinson: Village Gorilla Head

Tommy Stinson - Village Gorilla HeadOkay Tommy Stinson, lets see what you got. After literally growing up in the greatest American band ever, the Replacements, Stinson has released albums under the names Bash and Pop, and Perfect, was (is) a member of Guns and Roses, and is finally putting out a solo album.

Red Planet: We Know How It Goes

Red Planet - We Know How It GoesI don’t like to have to give bad reviews out, but I should be honest, right? This isn’t the worst record ever, but its pretty bad.

The Rocket from the Tombs: The Day the Earth Met the… Rocket From the Tombs

Rocket from the Tombs - The Day the Earth Met the... Rocket From the TombsRocket from the Tombs is one of those bands that a lot of people know about, but have never heard, because they never put a record out. Everyone who knows about them because the band’s members went on to form two of the best proto punk bands ever, The Dead Boys, and Pere Ubu. Finally, some dude took the time to dig up whatever recordings the band made, clean ‘em up a bit, and here they are.