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Tuesday, January 27 2015

Jake Xerxes Fussell: Jake Xerxes Fussell

Even with all the history built into these songs, Fussell emerges as a vital new singer, musician and torch bearer for every true sound he's come across to now.


Set and Setting: A Vivid Memory

The heavy riffs, dynamic contrasts, and general atmosphere make this album an enjoyable listen, but it lacks the musical stickiness that makes the songs linger after it ends.


Wednesday, January 14 2015

Barra Brown and the Wishermen: Epoch

Be it a collaboration, a new band, or whatever Brown has going on right now, it's worth a passing look.


Girlpool: Girlpool EP

A guitar, a bass, and a couple girls who sing in unison, but not quite. It's an unusual setup that works because of the emotionally honest lyrics.


Tuesday, January 13 2015

Mourning Dove: Chrysalis

Fans of First Aid Kit would do well to check out this promising debut.


The Intelligence: Boredom and Terror

The Intelligence has been making off-kilter garage rock records for a decade now, and that started with 2004's Boredom and Terror, now reissued by In the Red.


Alison Moyet: Minutes and Seconds - Live

Moyet’s Minutes and Seconds - Live captures some great performances by Moyet with inventive and intensive backing by Garden and McGhee.


Monday, January 12 2015

Chvrches: Under the Tide (EP)

Chvrches serve up an EP of remixes likely to send you back to their original iterations.


Various Artists: The Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need

This two-disc collection more modestly focuses on postwar American folk revival tunes.


Monday, January 5 2015

Kai Engel: Rain Catcher

Kai Engel takes a step back from the big canvas to offer up piano sketches. All is still well with neoclassical.


Various Artists: The Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need

This two-disc collection more modestly focuses on postwar American folk revival tunes.


Wednesday, December 24 2014

Far From Alaska: modeHuman

Brazilian rock band’s debut is a surprising hybrid of hard rock and electro.


Friday, December 19 2014

Those Gulls: Forevermore

Music worth hearing forevermore? Perhaps, perhaps.


The Gallop: Tall Tale Tellers EP

The alliterative Tall Tale Tellers EP is wall to wall with catchy, hummable songs.


STANDARDS: KID EP

You're not going to believe this, but a group of Canadian teenagers just made a confident and mature EP of '80s style alterna punk rock.


The Dirty Sheep: Sleep Under the Lights

While Sleep Under the Lights may not be the end all and be all of roots music, fans of this sort of thing should like it immensely.


Wednesday, December 17 2014

wotts: a EP

This EP is perfect for anyone who wants to hear the style of ‘80s rap mixed with the thematic concerns of the present.


The BCASA: ‘Tis the Season to Praise Satan EP

I’ll bet you’ve never heard a Christmas album quite like this.


Blake Bliss: Friend, Enemy, Stranger

This album is so distraught and, I hate to say it, silly in its studied seriousness, that it’s what people might kick around as the punchline to a perverse joke.


Monday, December 15 2014

Various Artists: An Americana Christmas

A collection that makes up for its lack of original content in whimsy.


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