Capsule Reviews

Thursday, July 16 2015

Valley Hush: Don’t Wait

Detroit group crafts evocative collage of electronica, pop, and indie rock on second EP.

Tuesday, July 14 2015

Andre Bratten: Math Ilium Ion

Norwegian house producer Andre Bratten returns with an album heavy on rhythm, light on the obvious.

Various Artists: Classic American Ballads

Moral evil, natural evil -- hard times. That's the purview of Classic American Ballads.

The von Trapps: Dancing in Gold

The great-grandchildren of Maria and the Captain hold their own as indie folk virtuosos in Dancing in Gold.

Monday, July 13 2015

Stubborn Son: Birthright

Birthright shows potential but overall Stubborn Son must continue to work to distinguish themselves from the crowd

Thursday, July 9 2015

The Shoe Birds: Southern Gothic

Mississipi band’s long-delayed debut doesn’t really take flight.

The Bohannons: Black Cross, Black Shield

Black Cross, Black Shield may sound dark, but it's anything but.

The Velvet Teen: All Is Illusory

It's good to have them back, if only for the promise of the next album.

Wednesday, July 8 2015

Beth Bombara: Beth Bombara

Beth Bombara strips away life's worn edges to reveal the subtle beauty in the familiar.

Monday, July 6 2015

John Patitucci: Brooklyn

Bassist John Patitucci returns home with a new bass and a few friends to ostensibly explore the music that shaped his love of the instrument.

Wharfer: Acadia

If Jeff Tweedy, Glen Hansard, and Sufjan Stevens met Tom Waits at Justin Vernon’s Wisconsin cabin, the result would be Acadia.

Monday, June 29 2015

Vows: Soon Enough Love

Soon Enough Love is a Darwinian battle between beats and strings.

Brian Landrus Trio: The Deep Below

Landrus can certainly play, but it's his full sensibilities that merit attention on his latest album.

Thursday, June 25 2015

Adam Torres: Nostra Nova

Long-lost Ohio cult classic gets a much-needed reissue.

Wednesday, June 24 2015

Sam Cohen: Cool It

Cool It isn’t a revolutionary record, but it’s a pleasant listen from top to bottom and another worthy addition to Cohen's astoundingly depth-ridden catalog.

Tuesday, June 23 2015

HONNE: Coastal Love EP

Brimming with unseen potential, HONNE makes a shaky first impression on Coastal Love.

Zero 7: EP 3

Zero 7 and friends create a gentle and compelling EP.

Monday, June 22 2015

Sugar & The Hi-Lows: High Roller

Utilizing relentless rhythms to underscore their wistful resolve, Sugar & The Hi-Lows still manage to keep a subtle bond amidst their mutual admiration.

Royce Wood Junior: The Ashen Tang

Royce Wood Junior unleashes an unusual and heady mix of styles and talent on debut The Ashen Tang.

Friday, June 19 2015

Sal Mosca: The Talk of the Town

An upstanding piece of jazz music, The Talk of the Town comes as a strong recommendation to those who can appreciate the simplicity in the adeptness of this pianist at work in his prime.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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