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24 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

The Feelies: In Between

Quieter but no less energetic, mature but still playful, the Feelies’ new record confronts the challenge of aging with eyes and hearts open.

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Mark Porkchop Holder: Let It Slide

Gritty bluesman Mark Porkchop Holder impresses on Let It Slide.

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Crystal Fairy: Crystal Fairy

A thrilling and very strong yet semi-straightforward rock album from a collection of very cool weirdos.

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Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament

Scott H. Biram is a filthy-ass peacock in full bloom on this record, kicking arse and not even bothering to take names.

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Hayes McMullan: Everyday Seem Like Murder Here

A window into an earlier time. Plain and simple: any serious fan of the Delta blues will want this record.

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‘The Art of the Blues’ Captures the Music’s Visuals to Sublime Standards

Author Bill Dahl and art consultant Chris James' work celebrates the visual swagger of the blues simply for the sheer joy of those visuals.

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20 Hits of the ‘80s You Might Not Have Known Are Covers

There were many hit cover versions in the '80s, some of well-known originals, and some that fans may be surprised are covers.

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16 Feb 2017 // 2:20 AM

Strand of Oaks: Hard Love

Timothy Showalter is Strand of Oaks, and his fourth album packs a heavier, more ambitious punch than anything he's attempted before.

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Ricky Gervais’ ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’ Will Make You Laugh Until You Cry, Cry, Cry

Ricky Gervais' most iconic character becomes his most tragic in this surprisingly dour mockumentary.

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‘Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes’ Is Supposed to be Hypnotic

The Reflektor Tapes is 66 minutes long but feels like three hours of pretension. The bonus concert film Live at Earl's Court is nearly two hours long but breezes by.

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John Mayall: Talk About That

British blues father returns with further evidence that he is a truly singular figure in the musical world.

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15 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

Ryan Adams: Prisoner

On his 16th full-length studio release, Ryan Adams puts heartbreak and loss on display with a gorgeous, deep-winter "divorce album".

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The Sadies: Northern Passages

Veteran Canadian rockers return from a multi-year hiatus stronger than ever.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Hillbilly Blues

The historical reframing and high quality of re-mastering make this and other Rough Guide early music collections well worth the time and investment.

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Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears: Backlash

On Backlash, Lewis and his Honeybears are finished retreading genre tropes of the past and set their sights on targeting their own musical identity.

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Chuck Prophet: Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins

Chuck Prophet is a novelist in a Nudie suit composing sun-splashed California gothic snippets.

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Heath Green and the Makeshifters - “Secret Sisters” (premiere)

Heath Green and the Makeshifters bring their arena-ready soulful rock to the masses with a new album and single, "Secret Sisters".

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Pickett Was Wicked Good and Wicked Bad: ‘In the Midnight Hour’

Tony Fletcher's biography of the great soul singer is a vivid, detailed, and insightful portrait of a complex, talented, and often deplorable man.

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‘The Grace of Jake’ Is Awfully Caught Up in Southern-style Christianity

Because The Grace of Jake has a plain agenda -- it means to proselytize -- it occasionally offends.

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Ayla Rose - “Give Me One Reason” (audio) (premiere)

The precocious Ayla Rose is joined by legacy musicians on a cover showcasing ageless talent.

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