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Thursday, October 2 2014

MC Frontalot: Question Bedtime

There’s “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, as well as lesser-known stories rapped in fresh attire to stimulate the nipper brains of the younger set.

Shawn William Clarke: William

There’s a lullaby feel to this disc, as it is so relaxed that some of the songs are on the verge of disappearing completely.

Caleb Caudle: Paint Another Layer on My Heart

Aching and lonely, Paint Another Layer on My Heart is full of life and heart.

Wednesday, October 1 2014

Youth Code: A Place to Stand EP

There are enough moments of curiosity to make this a decent holdover, but as a stand-alone EP, this set doesn't quite find its own footing.

Joe Bonamassa: Different Shades of Blue

The veteran guitarist and singer returns with a strong release that pairs him with Nashville writers, studio greats, and longtime producer Kevin Shirley.

Davey Suicide: Worldwide Suicide

The album is enjoyable musically despite the lack of sonic deviation, but Suicide’s attempts to truly shock leave something to be desired.

Dusted Lux: Neverended

Dusted Lux, aka Lee Camfield, blends the acoustic and the electronic to a quietly stunning degree.

Tuesday, September 30 2014

Ruby Fray: Grackle

Beguiling vocals, stylistic shifts and atypical song structures make Grackle one of the more compelling releases to come down the pipe this year.

Ugly Kids Club: Head Games EP

The songs are slickly produced, so you know that radio is exactly where this group is destined to be played.

Terry Malts: Insides EP

Terry Malts has been honing its sound for some time now, and in the eight minutes of this EP you get a potent dose of fully realized pop sensibilities and ambitious rock muscle.

Lily Taylor: The Ride

Soothing minimalist pop meditations and layered, vocals-heavy soundscapes from the San Francisco-based songstress.

Monday, September 29 2014

Hudson Mohawke: Chimes EP

Ross Birchard is back with another EP, but it's not enough to fully satiate the hunger for more HudMo material.

Dive Index: Lost in the Pressure

There is elegant beauty and grace on display, and some very pleasant pieces of music.

Friday, September 26 2014

Saukrates: Amani EP

The Armani EP is at the very least interesting, with a blissed-out vibe.

The Bunny Gang: Thrive

Say what you will about being a copycat, the Bunny Gang does a startling Clash impersonation.

Ennui: Telepathic Beat

Slightly retro, electronics-heavy indie dance pop plays into nostalgia and, in the process, manages to come out slightly ahead of similar-minded contemporaries currently exploring similar sonic terrain.

Rivergazer: Random Nostalgia

This record tries so hard to be relatable that it's unlikely to alienate anyone. Of course, it's not likely to draw anyone in, either.

Thursday, September 25 2014

The Lovers Key: Here Today Gone Tomorrow (Deluxe Edition)

If you dig the music from The Commitments soundtrack, then the Lovers Key is gonna be right up your wheelhouse.

Foxes in Fiction: Ontario Gothic

The half-hour of music on Ontario Gothic would seem like a slight return, but Warren Hildebrand's hushed tunes are as generous in sound and scope as ever.

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