jEFFSTANA on January 31st, 2010 Engineers – Sometimes I Realise Not to be confused with the band Engineer, what we have with the Engineers is a dream pop band from England with progressive punch. “Sometimes I Realize” is a fair representation, though “Hang Your Head” is truly in the key of energy. Produced by the same gent who backs […]

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jEFFSTANA on January 30th, 2010 Bowerbirds – The Ticonderoga Bowerbirds – Beneath Your Tree I am a sucker for anyone who jams with an accordion — especially a woman. That is what we have here with Bowerbirds. The first cut is from their Hymn for a Dark Horse introductory CD. The second cut is from their newest album: Upper […]

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jEFFSTANA on January 30th, 2010 The XX – Islands Slap me if this is too pop for alternative tastes, but this level of predictability is tolerable when wrapped in a minimalist package — sans pomp and ceremony — the likes of “pink” or ilk of that sort. Labeled post-dubstep, if you like labels, the XX have that certain catchy […]

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jEFFSTANA on January 27th, 2010 Fanfarlo – Drowning Men I have a weakness for Roma-esque European alt-folk music employing violin, mandolin — and dare I say — trumpet, my axe of choice – (must be the gypsy in me). With a sound reminiscent of Arcade Fire covering David Byrne (if the shoe fits), oozing a melange of multi-part vocals […]

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jEFFSTANA on January 24th, 2010 Midlake – The Courage of Others With the upcoming 2nd of February 2010 release of “The Courage of Others”, Denton, Texas based alt-rocker band, Midlake forges toward a larger musical market — after critically acclaimed success with their third full-length release, “The Trials of Van Occupanther”. This time their efforts come up short. Where […]

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