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The Fingers: The Very Best of the Fingers

If you've seen 10 local bands in the last year, there's a good chance the man with the impossible name and the impossible-to-forget guitar powers, Louka Patenaude, played in at least three of them. He can do it all - rock, Latin, blues, soul, classical. It's fun to discover that his personal vice of choice is country. His country band is the Fingers. >More
 Korralreven: An Album By Korralreven

If the debut LP by Swedish dream-pop duo Korralreven were a dessert, it would be a molecular gastronomist's version of cotton candy: flash-frozen wisps of spun sugar. The album is the kind of crisp confection that conjures a sense of comfort. Part of the magic stems from the place that inspired it: Samoa, the tropical getaway where Korralreven's Marcus Joons had a spiritual awakening. An Album is the soundtrack to his epiphany, not just an invitation to chill out. >More
 John K. Samson: Provincial

Weakerthans front man John K. Samson hasn't stagnated since the Winnipeg band's most recent album, 2007's Reunion Tour. But the characters on his first solo LP, Provincial, seem stuck - or at least, Samson's lyrics vividly freeze their moments of anticipation, longing and rejection. >More
 The Antiprism: Age of Wonders

Madison has lost some fine metal bands in recent years, including Dissent and Revolt, Buried Future and Luna Mortis. But we have hung on to the Antiprism, which melds Black Sabbath austerity, Iron Maiden guitar harmonies and early-black-metal creepiness. >More
 Kyle Henderson: Life Goes On

Life Goes On is a more than suitable title for vocalist Kyle Henderson's latest labor of love. That's because Henderson's artistic and personal story has so many chapters. >More
 Coliseum: Parasites

Between 2007's No Salvation and 2010's House With A Curse, Louisville trio Coliseum grew its formidable hardcore into simultaneously overpowering and stately hard rock. The eight-song Parasites EP doesn't have No Salvation's coat of caustic grime or House's string arrangements and gorgeous blackened polish. >More
 Charlotte Gainsbourg: Stage Whisper

Aside from her roles in indie films like The Science of Sleep and Melancholia, Charlotte Gainsbourg's real life has been chockablock with drama as of late, including the birth of her third child and a life-threatening brain hemorrhage. As the child of swinging 1960s icons Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, she's no stranger to intrigue and tragedy. If Stage Whisper is any indication, she's learned how to milk every last drop from the most painful situations. >More
 Lightning Love: Girls Who Look Like Me

The new EP by Detroit-area trio Lightning Love pairs darkness and light, creating beauty in the process. "Deadbeat," the three-minute ditty that opens the release, bubbles with hints of Death Cab for Cutie and a bluesy, syncopated stomp that portends an epic storm. >More
 The Nickel & Penny Labels

The latest release from the masterful crate-diggers at Numero Group unearths yet another set of nearly lost soul and funk from Chicago. The prime mover behind the Nickel and Penny labels was Richard Pegue, well known for decades as a disc jockey at various Windy City radio stations. Less well known is that he wrote countless local commercial jingles and for a time made more serious forays into songwriting and production, many of which are collected in this two-record (or one CD) set. >More
 Sunspot: The Slingshot Effect

I've long admired this Madison rock trio for their tireless work ethic. Come weekends, they are road-bound for less glamorous parts of Wisconsin, where live gigs are still uncommon enough to be a big deal. >More
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