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Thursday, May 29 2014

Three Legged Race: Rope Commercial Vol. 1

With its first in a series for Underwater Peoples, Three Legged Race seeks to score a dystopian, subterranean future. How you feel about this notion will determine how you feel about the album itself.


The Trouble with Templeton: Rookie

Wise words welded to ecstatic energy, often all in the space of one song.


Tuesday, May 27 2014

Until We Are Ghosts: Bitterseed

Until We Are Ghosts play hard and fast, but they are also interested in dynamics, sometimes within the same song.


Howlin’ Rain: Live Rain

Long admired for its live show, Howlin' Rain captures that experience, classic rock homage and all, on the hour-plus Live Rain set.


Jim Suhler: Panther Burn

Not a whole lot unexpected here, but that's just fine.


The Henry Girls: Louder Than Words

A record of family and togetherness, uplifting as well as contemplative.


Thursday, May 22 2014

Mesa Ritual: Mesa Ritual

This is Mesa Ritual's first full length-album, and where they go from here is anybody's wild, wild guess.


Nightbox: The Panic Sequence

An EP of catchy synth-pop songs whose most ambitious track is undermined by unfortunate lyrical choices.


Paolo Nutini: Iron Sky EP

Scotland's boy-wonder gets all chest-beating and angst-filled.


Morning Glory: War Psalms

This is a solid and surprising set from a band that confronts us by pulling us into its wandering sound.


Tuesday, May 20 2014

Bryan Potvin: Heartbledwhite

This album is basically a producer’s showcase of what can be done in the studio with a deft hand in the songwriting department.


Monday, May 19 2014

Full Ugly: Spent the Afternoon

Australia’s Full Ugly delivers the perfect soundtrack to the laziest of summer afternoons with their debut release.


Buffalo Killers: Heavy Reverie

Slough off the calloused riffs and pedal steel accents and Heavy Reverie reveals itself to be a collection of disguised power-pop songs that worm their way into your feet and brain.


New Madrid: Sunswimmer

New Madrid pull off so many seeming opposites at once on the impressive Sunswimmer.


Friday, May 16 2014

The Queen Annes: Something Quick 1980-1985

On this reissue of the band's 1986 debut, the Queen Annes prove themselves an energetic band with some solid songs, though this isn't the unearthed classic it wants to be.


COUSINS: Halls of Wickwire

With their third album, Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Cousins create big, beautiful dirty pop music that is as much of the moment as it is aware of its own musical lineage.


Klaus Johann Grobe: Im Sinne der Zeit

Swiss drum and organ/synth duo debut in fine form, ably mixing and matching styles on their first full length.


Earl Boykins: Friends

A better than decent punk band named after the former NBA journeyman. Sadly, not a musical project from the man himself.


Thursday, May 15 2014

Hans Chew: Life & Love

Chew's latest adds up to a classic sort of rock 'n' roll that's equally fit for a theater or a bar.


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