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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Josh Gondelman

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Josh Gondelman and his latest release, Everything’s The Best! If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

It’s a really exciting week here in Stand Up Tuesdays – this weekend kicks off the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival, and in honor of the festival, I’m reviewing a brand-new release from one of Boston’s most-loved …

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REVIEW: Deas Vail – Deas Vail

Artist: Deas Vail
Album: Deas Vail
Genre: Indie Pop
Label: Mono Vs Stereo

Every week my inbox is flooded with all my press copies of albums that are coming up, whether I’m actually the one that’s going to be reviewing them or not. It’s sort of like a less exciting, internet-based music nerd’s Christmas, every week is a surprise, I’m never quite sure what’s going to show up, sometimes it’s pretty dull, sort of like the music journalist’s version of only getting socks and underwear. This week however, was a bit different, this is the week that the new I …

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REVIEW: For The Fallen Dreams – Back Burner

“Let me be honest, I’ve never been a huge For The Fallen Dreams fan, but Back Burner is something else. It may not be the most original record I’ve heard this year, but it is definitely one I couldn’t put down. If you want a record that finds that inexplicably perfect balance of heavy and heart, Back Burner is the album for you. The hooks are huge, the riffs may be even bigger, and the breakdowns will crush you. Don’t expect your life to be changed and you won’t be disappointed. “

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REVIEW: The Lonely Island – Turtleneck & Chain

“I wanted to love The Lonely Island’s Turtleneck & Chain, but ended up feeling myself trying to force emotion ALMOST as hard as they were trying to force comedy. What started out as a unique comedy project has become nothing more than dick and fart jokes set to amazingly well produced beats. While that may be enough for some, I’ve come to expect much more from this trio and feel you as fans should too.”

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REVIEW: The Downtown Fiction – Let’s Be Animals

“If you decide to spring the extra 3 bucks for the Deluxe Edition (which I recommend), you’ll get 4 bonus tracks including “Medicine For You”, “Losing My Mind”, “Sierra”, and “Hurt Me So Good”. All of these songs are fantastic and, in my opinion, better than a majority of the tracks on the normal version. If you don’t go for the Deluxe Edition (which I will again suggest), you are still getting a great record. The Downtown Fiction has easily stolen a spot in the pop punk world and will not be leaving any time soon.”

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REVIEW: Lions!Tigers!Bears! – Shallow Waters, Endless Depth

“ndeed, this is a difficult album to critique in one sense – it’s a touch different, it’s well executed and it sounds really good. Yet, in another sense, it feels horribly like one prolonged chunk of riffage that doesn’t always let the flair in between shine. However, this could all be a moot point, as it’s an entertaining listen and much better than your average noise crew offering.”

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REVIEW: FM Static – My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go!

FM Static have been “the little band that could” for the better part of a decade. With their latest, My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go!, the duo try once again to cross the threshold from Christian side project to mainstream with pop rock jams and toe-tapping beats. Does it work? Click through to find out!

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REVIEW: Brett Dennen – Loverboy

Bretty Dennen has carved an interesting niche in the music industry with his previous three releases, but it seems hit latest, Loverboy, may cause it all to fall apart. Click through to find out what our own Grace Duffy had to say about this less than entertaining release.

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REVIEW: Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes exploded on to the indie scene on their debut album with a sound that blurred the lines between timeless and modern. Now the pressure is on as their latest, Helplessness Blues, has become on of the year’s most anticipated releases. Did they rise to the occasion or is this another band that starts strong and fizzles out with each consecutive release? Click through to find out!

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REVIEW: Winds Of Plague – Against The World

You better be ready for a battle because Winds Of Plague have returned to continue their legacy of decimating listeners all over the world. Their latest, Against The World, finds the group evolving from deathcore giants to overall metal juggernauts. Click through to find out more!

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REVIEW: Emery – We Do What We Want

“Emery have once again proven that they are capable of evolving their sound while remaining true to their roots, a skill that very few bands have. We Do What We Want may not be every Emery fan’s favorite record, but it is inarguably a beautiful, emotional and aggressive piece of art.”

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REVIEW: Yellowcard – When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes

“When it is all said and done, I do not think anyone will think twice to say this is Yellowcard’s strongest release to date. All the maturity we found in bits and pieces on their previous work has finally come together in just the right way and the results are undeniable.”