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Dub Trio wont let the sound die

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Another Sound Is Dying, Ipecac Recordings4 of 5 starsIf youre not a fan of reggae or dub music, you will be after you hear Another Sound Is Dying, the latest release from the New York-based Dub Trio.Or at least youll be a fan of the way that Dub Trio does it. Of course, dont expect heavy doses of either dub music or reggae on this album. Instead expect to hear every style of music being thrown at your head and tons of studio effects for creative embellishment.There are traces of the laid back dub style on Another Sound Is Dying, but as soon as they surface, they are forced back into hiding by Joe Tominos speed drumming and DP Holmes raging guitar riffs. Dub Trios sound is a seamless blending of styles that just sounds right when pulled together; it’s more an experiment in how far the boundaries of a genre can be bent before broken.At first glance, they appear to be just another electronica/rock band, but upon further listening, melodies surface that help to enlighten the sound. At one moment you could think this band is punk, the next, grunge, and then finish with the belief that you have no idea what you just listened to, but it was good.It can be hard to swallow Dub Trios lyric-less madness, and what theyre doing may seem pretentious to some listeners, but the overwhelming bulk of Another Sound Is Dying is easier on the ears than most progressive rock. The guitar riffs can be fast but not so technical that the fun is drained from them, and the melodies created on the album take center stage every time. This album is best suited for fans of the Deftones and Faith No More, or adventurous listeners. Charlie Owen, High Life writer

Without Warning, Thomas Ian Nicholas3 of 5 starsA funny thing happened to me last week. I put a copy of Thomas Ian Nicholas CD Without Warning into my computer then went about my business, doing my work. Minutes later I found myself tapping my foot to the music, thinking this isnt that bad, totally forgetting that Id stuck in the CD.For those of you who dont know, Thomas Ian Nicholas was one of the stars of the hilarious movie American Pie and its somewhat lackluster sequels. Im always a little bit worried when an actor or actress thinks that they possess unlimited talent and should be recognized for their achievements in every field of entertainment. Its bad enough that most of them cant act, but to think that they can suddenly become the next American Idol, well, excuse me while I vomit.But try as I might, I couldnt bring myself to hate Without Warning, even though it reminds me of every slacker-pop artist of the mid 90s to now (i.e. Gin Blossoms, Switchfoot, Soul Asylum). Nicholas confident vocals and the fact that he actually plays his own guitar parts makes it easy to forget that his songs follow the Top 40 structure template to the tee. Sure, it would be easy to rip this album to shreds on pure principle, but its really not that bad. Its not high art, but its not the bottom of the barrel as far as pop albums go either. And if Nicholas is half as earnest as his lyrics and voice lend me to believe, then he deserves credit for even trying to make a name for himself on his own terms and not relying on a major label to pave the way for him.Besides, he was one of the most likable character in American Pie, which has to count for something. Charlie Owen, High Life writer

Vampire Weekend, xl recordings4 of 5 starsVampire Weekend is not terribly impressive. And its brand of diverse pop songs isnt the kind of thing you hear and wonder how the band came up with it (hint: they listen to Afro-pop).Still, Vampire Weekends self-titled debut is one of the most giddily likable records to come out of polished, preppy indie rock in a long time. Its the kind of thing you find yourself listening to, then starting over and listening to again not because its great, but because you like it.Theirs is a sound that most wont try to recreate, partially because songs like Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa and Oxford Comma already are recreations of a host of diverse influences, strung together with carefully placed percussion, deliberate guitar lines and witty asides. Really the strongest thing to say about the band is that if anyone did take a shot at mimicking their mimicked sunny wryness, they would fail.And as far as the kind of arranged complexity coming from this crop of recent, classically trained college grads, tracks like M79 would be difficult to make more ornate, or better, than their already highly Baroque existence.The question youre likely to hear about Vampire Weekend (and any band thats gotten a similar bandwagon treatment) is whether any succeeding record will be as easy and if it is, whether anyone will still want to listen to it. Margaret Hair, Steamboat Pilot & Today

Mission Control, Ato Records/Red3 of 5 starsThe Whigs are a killer live band.Thats something that for their debut Give Em a Big Fat Lip, and now on the follow-up Mission Control, the band has tried to affirm with a kind of rueful classic rock touch, a nonchalant stance that turns their best songs into stompy power pop.In a lot of ways, The Whigs have lost what few frills they had, and the band has streamlined this record to be as unpretentious, and unconcerned as it can be.Mission Control is at its core a classic rock record, and its title track (also the last on the CD) suggests that following the greats of the 70s means keeping some unnecessary embellishments.At their best, Mission Control and songs like it are bolstered by exuberant hornlines that retain The Whigs youthfully defiant edge. At their worst, those songs plod on muddy bass lines and meddle in vacant choruses. Margaret Hair, Steamboat Pilot & Today

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