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Wednesday, January 29 2014

Mt. Royal: Mt. Royal EP

Mt. Royal is an indie rock outfit of its own pedigree, and goes further beyond being a mere Beach House knock off.


Ghost BC: If You Have Ghost

It takes more than a gimmick, kids.


Tsuyoshi Niwa: At the End of the Day

Japanese saxophonist Tsuyoshi Niwa gets a little help from Randy Brecker -- not that he really needed it or anything.


Monday, January 27 2014

Matt Boroff: Sweet Hand of Fate

Sweet Hand of Fate is an irresistible, thundering blend of crunchy blues-rock and grungy beatnik solipsism.


Teenage Bottlerocket: American Deutsch Bag 7”

The American Deutsch Bag seven-inch is a smorgasbord of stuff that doesn’t really hang together or make a whole lot of sense.


La Flama De Tierra Caliente: Desde La Puerta De Tierra Caliente

Crowd-moving synth polkas are fast, cheap and way better than they need to be.


Toronzo Cannon: John the Conquer Root

The ghost of Hendrix is just as apparent as Muddy Waters.


Friday, January 24 2014

Culted: Oblique to All Paths

The perfect melding of blackened doom metal, enhanced by gloomy and melancholy undertones.


Thursday, January 23 2014

Tennis: Small Sound

They haven’t totally lost their 1950s pop-rock gleam, but Tennis bulks up their sound.


Claire: Broken Promise Land EP

On their debut, the German synth-poppers party and mope like it's 1983.


Raider Klan: Tales From the Underground

Nothing new here, but entertaining nevertheless.


Tuesday, January 21 2014

Silent Lions: The Compartments

Toledo duo Silent Lions perfect nocturnal, spookhouse groove with sophomore EP.


Burkhard Stangl: Unfinished: For William Turner, Painter

Burkhard Stangl strangles his guitar sound to give you the impression of a series of unfinished paintings.


Martha’s Vineyard Ferries: Mass. Grave

Mass. Grave achieves an expansive snarl, as this trio builds on its considerable talents and musical past to make a darkly energetic and endlessly rewarding record.


The Burton Greene Trio: On Tour

Many students went to college in the '60s, but Burton Greene actually took them to school.


Friday, January 17 2014

For Living Lovers: Revealing Essence

Here it is, acoustic jazz at its quietest. You'll almost forget just how complex it is.


Neo Geo: Digital DNA

They want to be the next Paramore while also being the next No Doubt and Katy Perry. Not quite, guys.


Various Artists: Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious Music

It shows how pervasive religious songs were in this time and place, but is also unique in what a diverse collection of music it is.


Bosq of Whiskey Barons: Bosq y Orquestra de Madera

Afrobeat, reggae, cumbia, tropicalia and shivs of disco sass.


Thursday, January 16 2014

Loves It: All We Are

Wacky folk duo Loves It draws deep from a wild variety of genres for their second album and demonstrate an incredibly broad emotional palette to boot.


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