Capsule Reviews

Friday, February 6 2015

Paul McDonald: You & I - Acoustic EP

It’s been a long road for Nashville singer-songwriter Paul McDonald since his American Idol run, and the emotion on cue in his all-acoustic EP You & I displays that emotion-bound fact in spades.


Thursday, February 5 2015

Watching for Foxes: Until the Winter Comes

Watching for Foxes becomes a folk band to watch with their latest EP.


Davila 666: Pocos Años, Muchos Daños

You're aware that they could defect into another sound at any moment.


Friday, January 30 2015

Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson: Snakeheads & Ladybugs

Two old jazz buddies finally get around to doing what they've always wanted to do.


Thursday, January 29 2015

FaltyDL: ///I\II\\\\ EP

A hodgepodge EP from the "intelligent" electronica producer Andrew Lustman, aka FaltyDL, includes remixes from µ-Ziq and Brrd.


Zoe Muth: World of Strangers

World of Strangers stands as one of 2014's best country records.


Wednesday, January 28 2015

White Suns: Totem

Totem is a bleak, terrifying set, even (or especially) when it’s ominously quiet.


Amen Dunes: Cowboy Worship

Cowboy Worship is a curious companion piece to Love, and a set of songs that shows Amen Dunes pushing ever slowly forward, without leaving much behind.


Suburban Living: Suburban Living

Suburban Living splits time between finding its own ground and getting stuck in a dream-pop past.


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.


Mourning Dove: Chrysalis

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


Tuesday, January 13 2015

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.


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