Coming from the land of Nessie and kilts, Scottish indie rock band, Frightened Rabbit, released their 2008 sophomore album, "The Midnight Organ Fight", to much critical acclaim. With a blend of folk music and indie pop, Scott Hutchison and Co. were able to deliver a fantastic album. "The Midnight Organ Fight" begins with a simple guitar and Hutchison's forlorn lyrics in the song "The Modern Leper" in which he describes his love interest as a masochist for having stayed with such an abusive person in himself. Lyrically, Hutchison ranges from comical observations about relationships (see "Keep Yourself Warm) to self deprecating confessions (see "Poke" and "The Twist").

Frightened Rabbit uses a lot of acoustic guitar and keyboards for their sound on the album. Billy Kennedy's guitar are simple and effective in their mission to complement the unique vocals of Hutchison. These riffs as well as the occasional drum machine remind you that you're not listening to a conventional folk album.

Overall this is a great album from an up-and-coming band. Frightened Rabbit released a single EP, "Swim Until You Can't See Land from their new album late last year and are expected to release their anticipated follow-up album "The Winter of Mixed Drinks". They have also announced a tour, which will include a stop at the Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, in support of the Mixed Drinks. We look forward to seeing more from this great band

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After gaining recognition early last year with the internet release of his mixtape as well as a guest spot on Kanye West's latest release, 808's and Heartbreak's, Kid Cudi released his major label debut entitled Man on the Moon: The End of Day late last year. Man on the Moon seems to pick up where 808's left off, bringing hook heavy songs driven more by the futuristic synths than the beats themselves. This is no surprise as Kanye provided Exec. Producer credits to the album, no doubt in support of his label's newest investment, Cudi. It's hard to classify this as a hip hop album as there is more rap-singing than actual rapping involved in most of these songs. There is really nothing about the beats themselves that stand out, but mixed with Cudi's melodic vocals and catchy hooks songs such as "Day N' Night" and "Pursuit of Happiness" that show Mr. Solo Dolo's talent in the studio. Compared with the more beat heavy hip hop albums that have been released the past few years, this is a fresh deviation and could be the beginning of a trend the internet is calling "emo rap".

Despite sometimes being known as "the guy from Cleveland not named Lebron", I think Kid Cudi has a great career ahead of him if this album is the beginning of things to come. He has a great mentor in Kanye West who again shares his producing genius and was able to lean on talents such as Common, who lent his vocals as narrator and guest vocalist on "Make Her Say", that will help usher this young talent into the mainstream.

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Well the lineup for the next Bonnaroo Festival was released and is no disappointment. This years festival will feature top bill acts such as Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder and Weezer. Other notables include the "greatest rock band of all time" Tenacious D and Nashville's own The Dead Weather. This years festival will be held June 10-13 in it's usual place of Manchester, TN., little over an hour southeast of Nashville. Aside from the big guns, the festival will welcome in bands such as the folk group The Avett Brothers as well as guitar legends Jeff Beck and Les Claypool.

The Flaming Lips will also be making an appearance with Stardeath and White Dwarfs as they perform their cover of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. It will be interesting to see the performance of a band that is known for their live performances taking on a masterpiece such as this.

Michael Franti & Spearhead will also be making their 3rd appearance at the festival. Zac Brown Band, fresh off their Grammy performance, will also be making an appearance at the festival.

This is only a taste of the bands that will be performing at this years festival. For a full lineup you can see it on Bonnaroo's myspace page. One of the things that Bonnaroo has been pretty consistent on in the past is it's commitment to musical diversity and this year's list definitely doesn't disappoint.

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Sniper Rifle Music is now up and running on Twitter also. The blog post will now show up in your feed stream. We look forward to hearing your feedback about our site. @SRMusicReview

If you are an up and coming artist please send us a demo.

We are looking to create the best music and artist review site on the planet.

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Quick test drive to appease the angry Modgling. I will be dispensing my own unique, overtly cynical, word vomit in the coming days (or possibly hours.) Stop by often, tell your friends, and please don't be turned off because our first CD review was of THE GAYEST ALBUM EVER RELEASED. Until next time...

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We will be making changes to this site weekly in the beginning. The look, lay out, and additions are all to make it the best music review site out there. Please feel free to leave comments and submit and new artist you would like us to check out.

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