Bite-Sized Theater
The American Repertory Theater premiered three one-act plays featuring enough local talent and emotional terrain to undoubtedly impress newcomers. On Thursday night, local playwrights Mark Humphrey, Mark Lloyd and Matthew LaChiusa each presented a one-act play.
Who Will Copy Cut Copy?
Artist: Cut Copy Album: Zonoscope Label: Modular Recordings Release Date: Feb. 8 Grade: A Dance music freaks and indie-hipsters alike can rejoice over Aussie group Cut Copy's third studio album, Zonoscope.
Kotchy on Cloud Nine
Artist: Kotchy Album: Two Label: Done Right Recordings Release Date: Feb. 1 Grade: B Brooklynite trip-hop producer Kotchy evokes an intriguing vitality in his uniquely titled second studio album, Two.
Deerhoof Kicks
Album: Deerhoof vs. Evil Artist: Deerhoof Release Date: Jan. 25 Label: Polyvinyl Records Grade: B In Deerhoof's wonderfully titled 10th studio release, Deerhoof vs.
Get Out Kids
Artist: The Get Up Kids Album: There Are Rules Label: Quality Hill Records Release Date: Jan. 25 Grade: C It's very interesting to hear the new product of a band that is sorry for the scene it helped create.
Revel in the Pit
Artist: Gwar Album: Bloody Pit of Horror Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: Nov. 9 Grade: B Gwar has seldom employed sonic or lyrical innovation beyond the hulking mass of thrash and doom metal bands since Black Sabbath, and with Bloody Pit of Horror, the legendary metal outfit continues the trend. Thrash metal fans can join in bullhorns for Gwar's 12th studio effort.
The father returns
Album: Small Craft on a Milk Sea Artist: Brian Eno Label: Warp Records Release Date: Nov. 2 Grade: A Brian Eno, legendary producer of Coldplay, U2 and Talking Heads, has graced the Warp record label with a brand new solo outing entitled Small Craft on a Milk Sea. Excitement for the album will hit hardest for fans of the electronic/ambient genre that he helped create, and for good reason.
Doucet misses mark
Artist: Luke Doucet and The White Falcon Album: Steel City Trawler Label: Six Shooter Release Date: September 21 Grade: B- The crisp, bluesy opening guitar riff of Luke Doucet and The White Falcon's sixth studio album, Steel City Trawler, hints at a direction worth getting excited about for any fan of classic rock inspired. Unfortunately this direction is never fully realized. The album's overall tone tends to lean more towards the world of alternative rock, similar to that of the Wallflowers and the Barenaked Ladies. As the album progresses, it gradually evolves into a genre-defying combination of blues, rock ?n' roll and contemporary pop mixed with maracas and a drum roll in track one, "Monkeys," that would make legendary drummer Keith Moon of The Who proud. "The Ballad Of Ian Curtis," a song that starts with a muddy, ominous beat and ascending bass line attempts to build anticipation.