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KSPC Charts: 11/1/2010 – 11/8/10

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Chateau Crone, by Sacramento/Austen trio Agent Ribbon, is this week’s top album at KSPC! The all-girl group has just released their sophomore album and has been described as a combination of “victorian punk,” “baroque pop,” and 50s-60s rock. Chateau Crone was released by Antenna Farm Records on October 12, so check it out or tune in to KSPC 88.7fm to hear more!

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KSPC Top 30: 10/25/2010 – 11/1/10

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For the second week in a row, Austin natives The Octopus Project have this week’s top album at KSPC! Hexadecagon is full of experimental, electronic, indie pop for everyone! They’ve come a long way since being voted up to play 2006’s Coachella through a myspace fan-based competition. Now they’re on their 4th full length and it’s kickass!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Benoît Pioulard – Lasted

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Thomas Meluch, who records music as Benoît Pioulard. has been making lo-fi acoustic folk since the mid-1990s but his releases have always been limited releases on CD or cassette. Recently, however, Meluch has started releasing his unique brand of hazy bedroom folk pop on small labels.

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KSPC Top 30: 10/18/10 -10/25/10

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Austin, TX natives The Octopus Project have this week’s top album at KSPC! Hexadecagon is full of experimental, electronic, indie pop for everyone! They’ve come a long way since being voted up to play 2006’s Coachella through a myspace fan-based competition. Now they’re on their 4th full length and it’s kickass!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Octopus Project – Hexadecagon

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Indie electronica quartet the Octopus Project have been around since 1999, but their star’s been pretty steadily on the rise since their ’04-released sophomore album, One Ten Hundred Thousand Million. In 2006 they were unwittingly voted into an open slot at Coachella by fans on Myspace, an honor that impeccably fits these children of our synthesized age. Several albums, a handful of EPs and a collaboration with Black Moth Super Rainbow later, the Octopi played the Echoplex last week, and they dropped their fourth effort, Hexadecagon, today to no small amount of buzz.

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SHOW REVIEW: LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, and Sleigh Bells at the Hollywood Bowl, L.A., CA. 10/15/10

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Let me start this review by saying that the Hollywood Bowl is not a good place to see music. At all. In fact, it’s a pretty terrible place. It’s all seating and any seat that’s reasonably priced is so far away from the stage you might as well just gouge your eyes out (don’t actually do this) because you won’t be able to see anything anyway. Now let me say this. Despite these problems, the show I attended at the Hollywood Bowl last Friday night was one of the best I’ve ever been to. Partially from some sneakiness that resulted in “borrowed” seats much closer to the stage than our purchased ones and from the fact that LCD Soundsystem, Sleigh Bells and Hot Chip can really rock it.

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SHOW REVIEW: The National at Fox Theater, Pomona, CA – 10/16/10

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After fruitlessly attempting for months to get free ticket’s to Friday’s LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, and Sleigh Bells show, I thought my weekend would be full of eating twizzlers while watching youtube videos of live LCD Soundsystem performances, weeping silently while texting friends at the show. However, I was SAVED by my summer-bought tickets to see The National and Owen Pallett! To be honest, I didn’t really think it would compare. I severely underestimated the effects a looping machine, Matt Berninger, and a general admission show can have on me.

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