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I Voted for Kodos: Start Your Own Scene

The past few years have seen the return of 1990s fads like flannel shirts and floral-patterned jeans, but not ska-punk music. I'm glad. Ska's supposed to be dorky. When it's not in the spotlight, as it was two decades ago, you can skank like no one's watching at an I Voted for Kodos concert. >More
 Various Artists: All My Friends - Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman

The Allman Brothers Band will call it a career at the end of 2014, after 45 years together. This makes their latest two-CD, one-DVD set all the more poignant. >More
 Heavy Looks: Senses Growing Dull

Heavy Looks seem like a jaded bunch when you listen to their lyrics, but don't let that dissuade you from checking it out. Before long you'll have a smile on your face and an urge to replay the album. >More
 Sean Avery: EMOFUNK

Browsing the Bandcamp website for new music by Madison-based artists is tedious, but it can pay off big. Case in point: EMOFUNK by Sean Avery, a UW First Wave student who moved here from Arizona. It's available as a free download, and bonus tracks can be found on his SoundCloud page. >More
 The Raveonettes: Pe'ahi

After three consecutive albums with black-and-white covers, the Raveonettes needed a little color. The art on the front of Pe'ahi breaks the cycle with a switchblade floating in a wash of sea-foam green. The music is also flush with new life, surfing along on stadium-size breakbeats and drastic dynamics. >More
 Rubicon Cross: Rubicon Cross

CJ Snare, former vocalist for late-'80s hair-metal band Firehouse, now fronts the much heavier Rubicon Cross. About the only thing these veteran headbangers have in common with Snare's old band is the singer's distinctive voice. >More
 Chromeo: White Women

Chromeo have already solidified their reputation as consummate electro-funk scholars. White Women, the fourth LP from the Montreal-based team, builds on their legacy with three impossibly catchy opening tracks, all monster singles. From there Dave 1 and P-Thugg find room for sparse heartbreakers like "Ezra's Interlude," which coaxes a delicate falsetto from Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and the timely disco flourishes of "Fall Back 2U." >More
 Plague Vendor: Free to Eat

There's a wonderful story of misinterpretation behind the name of California band Plague Vendor. The moniker was taken from the Mexican folktale "The Pulque Vendor Tricks the Devil." A street vendor makes a deal with the devil and then gets him drunk on fermented juice (pulque), causing him to miss the deadline to complete the deal. Plague Vendor's new album feels like it's trying to hoodwink you in a similar way. >More
 Sevendust: Time Travelers & Bonfires

Sevendust is one of those gruff, crunchy bands that came of age during the Creed era. But unlike so many of their peers, this Atlanta group have found a way to remain relevant. Time Travelers & Bonfires, an aggressively acoustic and radio-ready album, reveals lyrical depths and melodic nuances otherwise buried when the band is plugged in. >More
 John Wesley: Disconnect

Not to be confused with cynical folksinger John Wesley Harding, session guitarist John Wesley has recorded with post-rock giants Porcupine Tree, veteran blues-rocker Pat Travers, Christian band Jars of Clay and former Kinks guitarist Dave Davies. >More
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