March 20, 2012
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Is This The Shins?

“Most of the tracks here find Mercer doling out everything from earnest blue-eyed soul to peppy, slickly-produced adult-oriented rock. It’s like he’s been listening to Crowded House circa 1994 for the past three years.” Matt Gonzales knows from Crowded House.

March 9, 2012
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Punchout: Andrew Bird’s Break It Yourself

Andrew Bird: annoying whistler or amazing tunesmith? Matt Gonzales and Chris Overpeck are singing like canaries.

March 8, 2012
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More Hoosier Than Human

“Manning brought more than a Super Bowl championship to Indianapolis. He was the final, if unexpected, piece in a 30-year-long strategy that helped transform Indy from a sleepy Midwestern burg into a City That Matters.” Matt Gonzales celebrates what Peyton Manning has meant to Indianapolis.

February 9, 2012
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Punchout: Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp

“And even more than on her two prior albums, Van Etten sounds exhausted from the toil of heartbreak, her flat affect suggestive of the kind of artificial calm only medication can provide.” Matt Gonzales and Chris Overpeck review Sharon Van Etten’s new album.

February 6, 2012
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Punchlist, Week of 2/6/12

“Let’s face it: had the Pats won, it would have been QUITE the turd in the punchbowl of what has been one fantastic week.”

January 24, 2012
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Punchout: Nada Surf’s The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy

Are you too cool for Nada Surf? Then you may be tool cool for Matt Gonzales and Chris Overpeck. Pity.

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