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click to enlarge Deadboy & the Elephantmen   We Are Night Sky     Fat Possum -   Before you get the wrong - idea about this dynamic duo, Fat Possum notes "they - aren't siblings, they've never been married, haven't even - messed around." Plus, drummer Tessie Brunet can sing! - She often does, too, perfectly counterbalancing Dax - Riggs' rough, worn howling on We Are Night Sky - 's many dazzling acoustic numbers. It's these - frequent - detours away from Riggs' electric stormers that make the - album so great. This isn't heavy metal, after all, and D&E - are careful not to overload the listener with fired-up - blues rockers either. While burning down the house is - great, sometimes just fogging the windows is better. - Here, you get both.  Eric Phillips
  • Deadboy & the Elephantmen

    We Are Night Sky

    Fat Possum

    Before you get the wrong idea about this dynamic duo, Fat Possum notes "they aren't siblings, they've never been married, haven't even messed around." Plus, drummer Tessie Brunet can sing! She often does, too, perfectly counterbalancing Dax Riggs' rough, worn howling on We Are Night Sky 's many dazzling acoustic numbers. It's these frequent detours away from Riggs' electric stormers that make the album so great. This isn't heavy metal, after all, and D&E are careful not to overload the listener with fired-up blues rockers either. While burning down the house is great, sometimes just fogging the windows is better. Here, you get both. Eric Phillips

click to enlarge Jel    Soft Money -     - Anticon / Release: Feb. 28   - Who is this Jel fellow, and why should we give a shit - about his debut album? Working as a DJ savant within - the underground prog-rap scene (take a listen to his - prior work with Deep Puddle Dynamics and themselves), - the man's figured out how to put together an album of - ambient beats and cleverly dropped samples. Well- - placed guests, such as Steffi Bohm of Ms. John Soda on - "All Around," keep Soft Money from drooping. - "No Solution" is a prime example of Jel's work, putting - together rather dreamy music before a distorted voice - announces, "Shut up and get used to the smell of the - ruins / Do you think that Rome was burnt in a day?" -  Kara Luger
  • Jel

    Soft Money

    Anticon / Release: Feb. 28

    Who is this Jel fellow, and why should we give a shit about his debut album? Working as a DJ savant within the underground prog-rap scene (take a listen to his prior work with Deep Puddle Dynamics and themselves), the man's figured out how to put together an album of ambient beats and cleverly dropped samples. Well- placed guests, such as Steffi Bohm of Ms. John Soda on "All Around," keep Soft Money from drooping. "No Solution" is a prime example of Jel's work, putting together rather dreamy music before a distorted voice announces, "Shut up and get used to the smell of the ruins / Do you think that Rome was burnt in a day?" Kara Luger

click to enlarge The Minus Five   The - Minus Five (The Gun Album)   -   Yep Roc    Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, - R.E.M.'s touring band) writes the songs and fills out his - studio space with players from Wilco, R.E.M., The - Decemberists, Ministry and a slew of other bands. The - result is hauntingly gorgeous rock & roll with infectious - lyrics and a sensibility built on the reverence of '60s pop. - McCaughey and crew hit their chamber-pop stride - perfectly on this, their seventh album. Tunes like the - rollicking "Twilight Distillery" ride along smoothly, but - never become annoyingly popish or trite. The country- - infused "Cigarettes, Coffee and Booze" has a great - Replacements-on-AM sound and reveals the depth and - poignancy of McCaughey's songwriting.  Jessie - Stanek
  • The Minus Five

    The Minus Five (The Gun Album)

    Yep Roc

    Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.'s touring band) writes the songs and fills out his studio space with players from Wilco, R.E.M., The Decemberists, Ministry and a slew of other bands. The result is hauntingly gorgeous rock & roll with infectious lyrics and a sensibility built on the reverence of '60s pop. McCaughey and crew hit their chamber-pop stride perfectly on this, their seventh album. Tunes like the rollicking "Twilight Distillery" ride along smoothly, but never become annoyingly popish or trite. The country- infused "Cigarettes, Coffee and Booze" has a great Replacements-on-AM sound and reveals the depth and poignancy of McCaughey's songwriting. Jessie Stanek

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