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Hot Chip – “One Life Stand”

Released yesterday, One Life Stand is the third full length album to be released by this English electro pop group since their formation in 2000. Described by many reviewers as a clear sign of maturation by the band, this 10 track album is certainly much less of an oddball mash up of crazy beats and…

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The Apple. iPad. Seriously.

Apple iPad

The Apple iPad is here, and it’s both as much/little as people had hoped, expected, worried, drooled over, and even prayed for. The Apple Newton 2010 iPad ($499-$829) will arrive well equipped: 9.7″ (1024×768) IPS enabled Multi-Touch LED backlit display, 1GHz A4 processor, built-in speakers, Bluetooth, microphone, ambient light sensor, 720p video playback, fingerprint-resistant oleophobic…

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Once Again, The Pearl Jam You Know and Love

Backspacer by Pearl Jam

In what might qualify as one of Pearl Jam’s best albums of the past decade (subjectively), Backspacer proves that the grunge group has evolved in their sound (hints of new wave) while holding true to their roots in rock. This is also Pearl Jam’s first self-released album and isn’t encumbered by any studio meddling. We’re…

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Music That Transcends Borders and Beliefs

Playing For Change

Gear Patrol hasn’t previously published many posts like this, but maybe its time we start doing more so because some things are just worth sharing. On a recent trip out to Los Angeles, I was having lunch on the Santa Monica Promenade and couldn’t help but notice that there was a talented street musician emphatically…

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Upgrade Your Jazz Music With These Essentials

Top 10 Essential Jazz Albums

Actually, if you want to argue semantics, maybe we should call this a cooperative list of individual Top 5s. We leave that choice up to you. Either way, what follows is a list of 10 albums selected by Gear Patrol crew members Jason Heaton and Eric Yang as essential albums in your current or about-to-be-started…

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Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us

Sir Paul In Stunning Hi-Def Fans of the Beatles, the ex-Beatles, or just plain good music will thrill and possibly even trill to the Blu-ray release of Paul McCartney’s 2005 US tour concert retrospective, Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us on high definition Blu-Ray disc. This concertourmentery expertly weaves a number of prominent celebrity interviews…

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Carbon Fiber Steel String Guitar

Blackbird Rider Guitar

A guitar fit for Michael Knight himself. Who says guitars always have to be made of wood? Not Blackbird, that’s for sure. The Blackbird Rider is an acoustic steel string guitar that’s compact with full-bodied sound. It actually uses a second soundhole at the head of the guitar to provide stereo sound through it’s hallow…

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N.E.R.D. | Seeing Sounds

The Neptunes consist of Grammy Award winning producers and songwriters Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, but the N.E.R.D. tri-fecta consists of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and longtime friend Shae Haley. ‘Seeing Sounds’ is an intense mash-up of hip-hop beats, rock riffs, rumbling crunk rhythms and soul music. This diversity of sound is what N.E.R.D. is…

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OneRepublic | Dreaming Out Loud

Somewhere in between The Cure and U2 lies OneRepublic. An anthemic rock band from Colorado Springs (insert requisite comparisons to The Fray here). Lead by singer/pianist/producer Ryan Tedder and lead guitarist Zach Filkins, OneRepublic’s latest album shows that some good can come from MySpace. OneRepublic’s alternative pop/rock style meshes well and will undboutedly make the…

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The Roots | Rising Down

I was put onto the roots a couple years back. Their blend of hip hop with live instrumentals gives them that distinct sound and sets them apart from the other groups we hear polluting the sound waves. The Grammy award-winning group has just released their 10th album release, Rising Down. The title comes from William…

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Nine Inch Nails “The Slip”

What’s better than a Nine Inch Nails album to get the blood flowing? Well, how about a free one. Today NIN made available their new lossless electronic album (including the better-than-CD quality WAVE format version weighing in over 1 gigabyte) to anyone who wants it. If you’re a guy we don’t understand why you wouldn’t….

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Counting Crows | Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings

Has it really been six years since we heard nappy hair Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz croon his way through “American Girls” on the painfully underappreciated Hard Candy? Yes it has, almost six years since July 30, 2002 to be exact. so we’re expecting just as much from this album as you are. Instead of…

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Your Vegas – A Town And Two Cities

There is something distinctly British about Your Vegas. No, it’s not that their band members hail from Leeds but perhaps the convergent sound of a British alternative group meeting Nirvana then deciding to make songs as sweeping as U2. The album is short. 3 songs. But all three songs are ear-catching, emotional and it’s almost…

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Peavey Signature Series EX Guitar

HP Signature Series EX double-cutaway guitars are a great value for those of you looking to rock it out at non-rockstar prices. The Signature Series EX uses a Maple veneer making it both lightweight, comfortable and on-stage looks. They utilize Grover tuning gears, humbucking pickups and a stop tailpiece with tune-o-matic bridge. What this means…

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The Killers: Sawdust

It’s taken a little while but The Killers have finally finished the tracks not completed for Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town and compiled them together with “All The Pretty Faces” (b-side of “When You Were Young”); two movie soundtrack tunes, “Shadowplay” (a Joy Division cover from Control, Anton Corbijn’s biopic of Ian Curtis) and “Move…

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It Won’t Be Soon Before Long – Maroon 5 [Win This CD!]

It’s already been five years since the 10x platinum ‘Songs About Jane’. Maroon 5 has released their much-anticipated sophomore album today with a sexier and stronger edge. The band has pulled from Prince, Michael Jackson and Taking Heads as inspiration – the result? George Clinton funk meets George Michael pop. Definitely worth a listen. What…

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Minutes to Midnight – Linkin Park

Linkin Park has become known for successfully integrating rock and hip-hop into a style of their own. Their highly anticipated, and longest album, Minutes to Midnight hits stores today. The style has changed a little bit in this new album, with less of the Mike Shinoda’s MC rap vocals, instead offering a bit more harmony….