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Travis Bretzer: Waxing Romantic

Canadian singer-songwriter Travis Bretzer dreams up a wistful set of mildly psychedelic guitar pop for his debut album.

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Topher Mohr - ‘Phlowers’ (album stream) (premiere)

A hybrid of funk, soul, reggae, folk, and indie, singer-songwriter Topher Mohr's vibrant second album arrives just in time for summer.

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Claire Holley: Time in the Middle

It takes only a perfunctory listen to Claire Holley’s new album Time in the Middle to recognize the hold that’s maintained on her music by her Mississippi roots.

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Sun Kil Moon: Universal Themes

The contrast between Mark Kozelek's native Ohio and his globetrotting career has always been in his music, but on Universal Themes, that dichotomy is one of the strongest throughout.

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11 Jun 2015 // 2:30 PM

20 Questions: The Darkness

The Darkness tackle barbarians and invaders on their dramatic and goofy fourth album. Guitarist Dan Hawkins also took time to tell PopMatters about his love for Yves Saint Laurent and Watership Down.

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Peggy Seeger Brought the Best of Past and Present to London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall

Songs old and new, earnest and irreverent, and personal and political made up the setlist for Peggy Seeger’s vibrant London stop on her latest tour.

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Beth McKee: Sugarcane Revival

A restless spirit guides soulful songwriter Beth McKee on an album made equal parts for the head, heart, and feet.

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John McCutcheon: Joe Hill’s Last Will

John McCutcheon's 37th album introduces a necessary voice from the past with an important message for the present. A triumphant work.

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Daniel Pearson - “As Deep as Love” (audio) (premiere)

The English singer-songwriter's third album is sure to appeal to fans of the grittier side of Americana.

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The Brazilian Johnsons - “I’ll See You Down the Road” (audio) (Premiere)

Although they're based in Brooklyn and they met at Boston's Berklee College of Music, the Brazilian Johnsons sound like they rolled out of a '70s southern rock FM radio station on "I'll See You Down the Road".

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Patrick Watson: Love Songs for Robots

Patrick Watson defies all those who may consider him 'background music' by engulfing listeners in a sound experience that is definitely not just for robots.

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Various Artists: Remembering Mountains - Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton

By enlisting 11 iconic contemporary female artists, Tompkins Square brings these unrecorded songs to life in a manner befitting their creator.

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4 Jun 2015 // 3:05 AM

Passenger: Whispers II

Despite the similarities that blanket its selections, there's no denying that Whispers II is an overwhelmingly touching, serene, classy, and earnest work.

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3 Jun 2015 // 3:15 AM

Iron Butterfly: Ball

While many critics and hardcore fans have debated the merits of Ball, the truth is that it served as a solid follow-up to their one mega hit.

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Colin Cowan & the Elastic Stars – “Owing, Knowing All” (video)

The latest in a series of videos made by Matt Krysko for the third installment in Colin Cowan's seasonal album tetralogy castes the man in green and purple.

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Girlpool: Before the World Was Big

Before the World Was Big is ready to comfort you on the road ahead, in so doing becoming the sound of growing up.

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Eilen Jewell: Sundown Over Ghost Town

Eilen Jewell continues refining her poetic lyricism and songcraft on her fifth studio LP.

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18 May 2015 // 11:00 AM

20 Questions: Ryley Walker

The Chicago folk star is riding high on his daring, genre-bending new disc, but would much rather talk about Led Zeppelin III and that one perfect Mark Ruffalo movie that brought him to tears.

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The Chandler Travis Three-O - “Air, Running Backwards” (audio) (Premiere)

Chandler Travis takes one of his classic tunes and radically re-interprets it for his latest compilation, which captures his friendship with fellow songsmith David Greenberger.

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Anne McCue: Blue Sky Thinkin’

Despite the fact McCue had a hand in writing every one of its dozen songs, any one of the selections might just as easily be mistaken for a standard tune that originated in the ‘20s, ‘30s or ‘40s.

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Guster + Kishi Bashi Perform at Central Park Summerstage (Photos)

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"Guster's Summerstage performance was a showcase of their infectious and poppy music from the last 24 years.

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