CD of the Week en CD of the Week from Future Islands <p>In the great tradition of art school bands (mainly in England, but Talking Heads also come to mind), the members of Future Islands started playing music together while they were art students at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, approximately a decade ago. &nbsp;There have been personnel changes along the way, and a move to Baltimore. &nbsp;Then came the release of the first Future Islands full-length album in 2008, establishing the New Wave-inspired synthpop&nbsp;sound they have been refining ever since. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 39294 at CD of the Week from Future Islands CD of the Week from Tacocat <p></p><p>Arriving a bit early to be a summertime record, Tacocat's&nbsp;second album <i>NVM</i>‚Äč can certainly fit the bill as a fun, fun, fun springtime record! &nbsp;Emerging out of the Pacific Northwest and based in Seattle, the female-fronted (Emily Nokes on &nbsp;lead vocals, Lelah Maupin&nbsp;on drums, Bree McKenna on bass, lone male Eric Randall on guitar), Tacocat&nbsp;deliver with short, punchy power pop songs and sweet harmonies.</p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 39010 at CD of the Week from Tacocat CD of the Week from The War On Drugs <p>The War On Drugs formed in Philadelphia in 2005, with founding members Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile. &nbsp;Vile left for a solo career following the release of The War On Drugs' debut album in 2008, and the band has included a few other members over the years, with songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Granduciel&nbsp;the only constant. &nbsp;The new record,&nbsp;<em>Lost In The Dream</em>, is the third full-length release for The War On Drugs, furthering the band's appealing blend of indie-rock and classic rock.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 38601 at CD of the Week from The War On Drugs CD of the Week from Black Lips <p>Black Lips formed in 1999 in Dunwoody, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta, while founding members Cole Alexander (guitar) and Jared Swilley (bass) were still in high school. &nbsp;Drummer Joe Bradley joined a few months later, and lead guitarist Ian Saint Pe' joined in 2004. &nbsp;After releasing records for other labels, Black Lips signed with Vice Records in 2007, releasing their new <em>Underneath The Rainbow</em>&nbsp;on that label. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 38272 at CD of the Week from Black Lips CD of the Week and Live Broadcast from Twins <p>The Waterloo, Iowa band Twins are about to release the &nbsp;follow-up to their 2012 album,&nbsp;<em>Funny Faces. &nbsp;</em>The new record,&nbsp;<em>Tomboys On Parade,&nbsp;</em>was self-produced by the band at Jealous Dog Studios in Cedar Falls, with Al Eacret engineering the recording sessions. &nbsp;Eacret mixed the album along with Twins lead vocalist and guitarist, Joel Sires. &nbsp;The line-up of Twins also includes Luke Sires on drums, Harper Sires on guitar and Devin Ferguson on bass. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:44:56 +0000 Mark Simmet 38000 at CD of the Week from St. Vincent <p>Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, began her career as a member of The Polyphonic Spree. &nbsp;She formed her own band in 2006, and released her debut album the following year. &nbsp;After a couple more full-length records, she collaborated with David Byrne on&nbsp;<em>Love This Giant.</em>&nbsp; Byrne and St. Vincent toured together, wowing the crowd at last year's 80/35 Festival with a tight and celebratory show. &nbsp;The new album,&nbsp;<em>St. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 37487 at CD of the Week from St. Vincent CD of the Week from Broken Bells <p></p><p>James Mercer is the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter in The Shins. &nbsp;Brian Burton (also known as Danger Mouse) is the artist and producer with many notable projects on his resume. &nbsp;With their band Broken Bells, the two artists combine their considerable musical credibility with great success. &nbsp;The second full-length Broken Bells album is&nbsp;<em>After The Disco. &nbsp;</em>For the new record, the band's atmospheric&nbsp;synth pop is augmented by a four-piece choir and seventeen-piece string orchestra.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:45:01 +0000 Mark Simmet 37324 at CD of the Week from Broken Bells CD of The Week from Low <p><em>The Invisible Way</em> is the tenth album from the Duluth, MN trio Low.&nbsp; Low's guitarist and vocalist Alan Sparhawk tells the story of how the new record came together:&nbsp; "While driving through Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft....It's a great place- a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment."&nbsp; Wilco's Jeff Tweedy agreed to produce the new Low album.&nbsp; "He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery," according to Sparhawk.</p><p></p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:11:00 +0000 Mark Simmet 18289 at CD of The Week from Low