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Friday, October 17 2014

Dinner and a Suit: Stay EP

Nashville quartet tackles grandiose indie pop-rock with aplomb across four-song EP.


Royal Canoe: Royal Canoe Does Beck’s Song Reader

This is an interesting experiment that doesn’t quite always work, but that probably says more about Beck than it does Royal Canoe.


Grammar: Grammar EP

The Grammar EP winds up being a tasty morsel, but not much more than that.


Matteah Baim: Falling Theater

Overall the album has both a sense of doom and gloom and an intimate, candlelit feeling.


Thursday, October 16 2014

The Weather Station: What Am I Going to Do With Everything I Know EP

Even though this EP is best suited to bedtime, as it feels like an extended lullaby, it does resonate and stick with the listener.


Continent: Wasteland EP

These five songs go for the throat and don’t relent until you’ve turned blue and rigor mortis has set in.


Tuesday, October 14 2014

Kittyhawk: Hello, Again

Kittyhawk has a feel that recalls the days of the early to mid-‘90s, when music was a true adventure in the underground.


Night School: Heart Beat EP

Chances are, you already have this album in your record collection, just not by a band called Night School.


The Pharmacy: Spells

This Seattle-based garage/pop trio called it quits earlier this year, but their posthumous final album is a fine going-away present.


Sten Sandell / Paal Nilssen-Love: Jacana

Prepare for another duet album that rattles the brain and disrupts the air.


Monday, October 13 2014

Moose Blood: I’ll Keep You in Mind, From Time to Time

On their debut, Moose Blood proudly wears their ‘90s-emo-loving hearts on appropriately, studiedly tattered sleeves.


JW-Jones: Belmont Boulevard

With some luck, we’ll be talking about JW-Jones in the same breath as we do Johnny Winter and Jimmie Vaughan.


Ryan Adams: Jacksonville EP

Ryan Adams's independent release Jacksonville is two tracks country twang, one track novelty -- more good work from this prolific artist.


Plug in Stereo: Plug in Stereo

If you listen to mainstream radio, you’ve heard songs exactly like this.


Friday, October 10 2014

Buddy Black and the Ghost Umbrellas: The Story on the Road to Waterloo EP

This is a Canadian folk-rock concept short album about two young vampire lovers who seek to become human again, combining the styles of Spirit of the West with the ambitious sprawl of Titus Andronicus.


Benyoro: Benyoro

A razor-sharp group of six instrumentalists founded by a Californian who plays djeli n'goni and guitar.


Alive Like Me: Only Forever

The record may not stand up to the closest of scrutiny, but it is pleasantly engrossing in its own way.


Benjamin Taubkin: Al Qantara (The Bridge)

Benjamin Taubkin makes the combination of Brazilian and Moroccan music look so damned easy.


Wednesday, October 8 2014

Arp: Pulsars e Quasars EP

Restless instincts and inspired collaborations give Arp’s Pulsars e Quasars EP bright vitality.


The Fauntleroys: Below the Pink Pony EP

Lower East Side rock 'n' roll from four well-known faces.


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