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Thursday, August 7 2014

Outline in Color: Masks

Just as its title implies, this is metal wearing a disguise.


Waylon Speed: Kin

Energetic and ambitious, Waylon Speed’s Kin keeps you guessing while also overstaying its welcome.


Wednesday, August 6 2014

The Paul and John: Inner Sunset

This album is studded with very Beatles-like gems, and when this group is firing on all cylinders, such as the singalong-baiting “When I Lost My Way”, it is killer.


Steve Adamyk Band: Dial Tone

On Dial Tone, the Steve Adamyk Band hones its own punky pop sensibility into the group's tightest, most infectious set yet.


The Sea the Sea: Love We Are We Love

A mixed bag from acoustic-folk duo.


Tuesday, August 5 2014

Sugar Stems: Only Come Out at Night

The best parts of Only Come Out at Night reveal an ambitious pop band that still delivers the immediate punch of its pop-punk contemporaries.


Hook and Anchor: Hook and Anchor

Despite the lack of stellar material in the Back Forty, Hook and Anchor is an enjoyable album.


Imarhan Timbuktu: Akal Warled

Not understanding the language does not impede one’s appreciation of the disc. The music speaks for itself in a more universal way than the meaning of the words ever can.


Monday, August 4 2014

To Set Ablaze: The Life We Lead

With a bit more direction, and less aimlessness, To Set Ablaze might chart a course as being the most dangerous band on the planet.


Risa Binder: Nashville EP

They say that beauty is only skin deep, and that’s pretty much true of Binder’s five song Nashville EP.


Jim Roll: The Continuing Adventures of the Butterfly Kid

It's a rare album that's fun on its first spin for its hooks and revelatory on subsequent listens through its language.


Friday, August 1 2014

The Delines: Colfax

Excellent neon country-soul.


Blue Moon Marquee: Lonesome Ghosts

Lonesome Ghosts is an interesting and foot-tapping album of gritty blues, and it hones closely to tradition.


P.F. Sloan: My Beethoven

Compelling orchestral pop from unheralded ‘60s pop troubadour who has found a kindred spirit in the titular composer.


Thursday, July 31 2014

New God: Firework

As a whole, Firework is a bit lumpy, but there’s enough here to warrant a recommendation for those into experimental jams with a pop edge.


The Devin Cuddy Band: Kitchen Knife

On Kitchen Knife, you’ll hear everything from old-fashioned honky tonk sounds to more piano-based jazz and even some blues.


Secret Colours: Positive Distractions

The Chicago indie outfit offer simple psychedelic pleasures on their third album.


Wednesday, July 30 2014

The Tins: Young Blame EP

The Tins are rather plain, write kind of sappy stuff, and are just resoundingly good. Not brilliant, not special. Just good.


My Iron Lung: Relief

Competent post-hardcore that's written with vocal melodies in mind. Too bad their frontman can only handle shouting.


T Sisters: Kindred Lines

A great package of fine instrumentation, interesting voices and very good songs.


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