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O, Canada!

Cowboy Junkies, k.d. lang, and Kathleen Edwards are not hockey pucks
You’d be forgiven for assuming that nothing’s been going on in Canada for the last few years beyond the interconnected shenanigans of that country’s indie-rock elite.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 19, 2008


Bell X1

Flock | Yep Roc
Remember when Snow Patrol were huge in the UK but only a college-radio curio here?
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 20, 2008


British Sea Power

Do You Like Rock Music? | Rough Trade
British Sea Power’s answer to the question posed in the title of their third album is a definite yes.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 12, 2008


Death Cab’s Chris Walla aims for the heart and the mind

Solo shots
Chris Walla knows he’s never going to make a Steely Dan album.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 05, 2008


Sheryl Crow

Detours | A+M
Cohesion’s where you find it, but headphone delights are everywhere.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 05, 2008


Kate Walsh

Tim's House | Verve Forecast
Who is Kate Walsh?
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 28, 2008



Kontpag | K
It’s chaotic inside Kontpab , but a little liberating, too.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 22, 2008


Second job

Interview: Tyler Ramsey splits the difference with Band of Horses
Tyler Ramsey is currently touring the country pulling double duty as both a solo singer-songwriter and a recent-addition guitarist in Band of Horses.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 16, 2008



Meet the Eels: Essential Eels, Vol. 1: 1996–2006  | Geffen
Has Mark Oliver Everett ever tasted the agony of writer’s block?
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 14, 2008


Reverend Organdrum

Hi-Fi Stereo | Yep Roc
Reverend Organdrum come by their name honestly.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 07, 2008


Armor for Sleep

Smile for Them | Sire
It's kind of refreshing to hear a bitchy emo record that doesn’t direct all its ire toward the heartless females.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 26, 2007


Daft Punk

Alive 2007 | Virgin
When a huge cheer goes up in recognition of “Around the World,” it’s tempting to join in at home.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 10, 2007


The Color Fred

Bend To Break | Equal Vision
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Bend To Break sounds a whole lot like Foo Fighters.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 03, 2007


Rock and roles

Dewey Cox and Rufus Wainwright
A good number of the jokes in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story are available for your amusement right now, well ahead of the film’s December 21 theatrical-release date.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 04, 2007


Gore Gore Girls

Get the Gore | Bloodshot
This Detroit-based neo-garage combo take their name from an obscure early-’70s slasher flick.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 27, 2007



Heresy and the Hotel Choir | Flameshovel
The third album by this affable Milwaukee quartet is their handsomest, most assured outing yet.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 19, 2007


Dax Riggs

We Sing of Only Blood or Love | Fat Possum
One of the best tunes here could almost pass for an outtake from Marilyn Manson’s latest.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 13, 2007


Choir boy

Travis Morrison and his Hellfighters
Former Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison has a new album, and though he says it’s not a solo disc, you’d be forgiven for thinking so.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 15, 2007


White Williams

Smoke | Tigerbeat6
New York–based White Williams isn’t interested in proving that laptop jocks can be as in-your-face as dudes doing rock.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 06, 2007


Colbie Caillat

Coco | Universal
This singer-songwriter is part of an emerging breed of Billboard-climbing folk-pop babes using YouTube and MySpace to build a devoted audience from the hard drive up.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 30, 2007
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