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Wednesday, July 27 2016

Jane Ira Bloom: Early Americans

Bloom continues to cement her reputation as one of the era's top soprano saxophonists.

Tuesday, January 19 2016

Annabelle’s Curse: Worn Out Skin

An engaging reinvention of classic American sound.

Thursday, January 7 2016

Ron Pope + The Nighthawks: Ron Pope + The Nighthawks

Americana comes rip-roaring out of the gates in 2016, with Ron Pope's first outing with the Nighthawks leading the way.

Thursday, December 3 2015

Salad Boys: Metalmania

With Metalmania, New Zealand’s Salad Boys deliver a delightful, highly rewarding debut.

Tuesday, November 10 2015

Various Artists: Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins

An up-and-down consistency only slightly mars this collection of lovingly rendered Ted Hawkins covers

Eszter Balint: Airless Midnight

Balint stirs the fire from all sides, creating fully imagined shadows.

Monday, November 9 2015

Postcards From Jeff: Modern Language

Postcards From Jeff’s debut LP offers lovely, vaguely cinematic instrumentals tainted by tonally challenged singing.

Monday, November 2 2015

Dogs on Acid: Dogs on Acid

Emo revivalists Dogs on Acid through their hat into the ring with an impressive debut on former emo stalwart Jade Tree.

Friday, October 16 2015

Marrow: The Gold Standard

There is a rich vein of ambition backing up The Gold Standard, which can yield captivating rewards, but also searching stretches.

Thursday, October 15 2015

Ms. John Soda: Loom

German duo running on radio silence since 2006 returns with a strong, smart showing. The message? The less things change, the more they stay the same.

Tuesday, October 13 2015

Steve Forbert: Compromised

A strong showing from a singer-songwriter with a deep and remarkable catalogue.

Wednesday, October 7 2015

Glenn Mercer: Incidental Hum

Glenn Mercer's second solo album -- and first since 2007 -- is proof that that this Feelies man is a formidable presence in guitar music. For the weird side of your mood.

Tuesday, October 6 2015

Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators: Happiness in Every Style

Entertaining soul outfit hits mark one more time.

Monday, September 28 2015

Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe: I Declare Nothing

For once it's not Anton Newcombe you need to be afraid of. Just don't look into their eyes okay?

Jonas Reinhardt: Palace Savant

Jonas Reinhardt/Jesse Reiner understand that within electronic music, you can easily spin the old into something new.

Monday, September 14 2015

John Howard and the Night Mail: John Howard and the Night Mail

John Howard and the Night Mail offers more lush, sophisticated chamber pop from the unlikeliest of comeback artists.

Thursday, September 10 2015

Soda Shop: Soda Shop

Sad that summer's over? Feeling blue? Soda Shop may be the place for you.

Thursday, September 3 2015

Triumph of the Wild: We Come with the Dust

The bluesy Americana outlet's sophomore release leaves them in the dust.

Tuesday, September 1 2015

Fort Romeau: Frankfurt Versions

Remixes of four from Fort Romeau’s latest offering makes for a slightly repetitive, less-than-compelling listen.

Monday, August 31 2015

Will Samson & Heimer: Animal Hands

Two well-regarded electronic artists come together for the first time as a whole with their debut full-length.

//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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