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Thursday, May 1 2014

Sam Shalabi: Music for Arabs

More "sonic art" than actual music (for Arabs, or anybody else).

Wednesday, April 30 2014

The Paper Sound: Trajectories

Detroit quartet serves up a record of nostalgia-tinged darkness surrounded by a corona of light.

James Supercave: The Afternoon EP

The debut release from James Supercave takes many twists and turns, but ends up both enjoyable and intriguing

Lowell: I Killed Sara V. EP

Like the Secret deodorant, these are songs that might be strong enough for a man, but were really made for women.

Supersuckers: Get the Hell

Supersuckers want you to rock on.

Tuesday, April 29 2014

Gambles: I Can’t Keep Still When It Comes to You EP

This effort leaves you wanting to hear more of what this artist can do with his pen, even if it sounds like he’s rather unsure of which direction he wants to go in.

Doctor Magnum: Magnum Carta Holy Grail

Turns out it takes just two guitars, a keyboard and drums to redefine how jazz and hip-hop are to intersect.

Tomas Barfod: Pulsing EP

Pulsing isn't the best entrypoint into the Danish beatmaker's body of work, but as a prelude to the impending full-length, it does its job admirably.

Habibi: Habibi

Summertime confections that go down easy

Monday, April 28 2014

Jerry Leger: Early Riser

Early Riser is strong output, and deserving of any laurels and accolades thrown its way.

Archie Powell & the Exports: Back in Black

Chicago power-popper Powell's got some girl troubles, man, on his band's third full-length.

Thursday, April 24 2014


DWNTWN has its moments, but fails to differentiate itself in an already crowded genre

Mystic Braves: Desert Island

Throwback band outdoes its ancestors

Lilies on Mars: Dot to Dot

Unless you’re a proponent of post-rock, dream pop, or shoegaze sounds, this one more than merits a pass.

Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman: We Made It Home

Walker shows herself to be not just a talented songwriter, but a truly thoughtful voice, the sort of artist who seems to know something about the world, and who’s willing to share the knowledge in song.

Tuesday, April 22 2014

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Millions: Live in Denver

There are jazz trios, and then there are these guys.

Friday, April 18 2014

Echaskech: Origin

The third album by Echaskech, their first since 2009's Shatterproof, sees London producers Dom Hoare and Andy Gillham honing their sound craft with immersive results.

Diego Barber: Tales

You've heard piano and guitar duet albums. This one goes off into a blue yonder.

Sax Ruins: Blimmguass

The saxophone and drum duo of Sax Ruins resembles a simultaneously intriguing and unholy combination of free jazz and heavy metal.

Thursday, April 17 2014

Stanton Moore: Conversations

Stanton Moore goes back to acoustic jazz, but he couldn't shake off the funk beats if he tried.

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