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Tuesday, October 7 2014

Big Deal: Sakura EP

Stopgap EP from the Anglo-American duo is a nice introduction to their grunge-pop sound.


Da Cruz: Disco e Progresso

Mariana Da Cruz sounds as if she's having the time of her life on vocals.


Monday, October 6 2014

Memotone and Soosh: Memoosh

The album is one of meditation, so the next time you go to practice yoga, you’ll probably want to bring this with you.


The Jigsaw Seen: Old Man Reverb

From a pure songwriting perspective, the album – although it is unfocused – can be quite strong.


Jason Ajemian: Folklords

The spirit of Mingus is alive and well in Jason Ajemian's band recording for Delmark. Oh, and let's not forget about Monk and Sun Ra.


Ace Frehley: Space Invader

Former KISS guitarist breaks no new ground with latest release. Although he can still solo, he still lacks ace material.


Thursday, October 2 2014

Yawn: Love Chills

On Love Chills, Yawn ditches the samples and synth play for a more instrument-driven and mature approach, which results in their best record yet.


MC Frontalot: Question Bedtime

There’s “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, as well as lesser-known stories rapped in fresh attire to stimulate the nipper brains of the younger set.


Shawn William Clarke: William

There’s a lullaby feel to this disc, as it is so relaxed that some of the songs are on the verge of disappearing completely.


Caleb Caudle: Paint Another Layer on My Heart

Aching and lonely, Paint Another Layer on My Heart is full of life and heart.


Wednesday, October 1 2014

Youth Code: A Place to Stand EP

There are enough moments of curiosity to make this a decent holdover, but as a stand-alone EP, this set doesn't quite find its own footing.


Joe Bonamassa: Different Shades of Blue

The veteran guitarist and singer returns with a strong release that pairs him with Nashville writers, studio greats, and longtime producer Kevin Shirley.


Davey Suicide: Worldwide Suicide

The album is enjoyable musically despite the lack of sonic deviation, but Suicide’s attempts to truly shock leave something to be desired.


Dusted Lux: Neverended

Dusted Lux, aka Lee Camfield, blends the acoustic and the electronic to a quietly stunning degree.


Tuesday, September 30 2014

Ruby Fray: Grackle

Beguiling vocals, stylistic shifts and atypical song structures make Grackle one of the more compelling releases to come down the pipe this year.


Ugly Kids Club: Head Games EP

The songs are slickly produced, so you know that radio is exactly where this group is destined to be played.


Terry Malts: Insides EP

Terry Malts has been honing its sound for some time now, and in the eight minutes of this EP you get a potent dose of fully realized pop sensibilities and ambitious rock muscle.


Lily Taylor: The Ride

Soothing minimalist pop meditations and layered, vocals-heavy soundscapes from the San Francisco-based songstress.


Monday, September 29 2014

Hudson Mohawke: Chimes EP

Ross Birchard is back with another EP, but it's not enough to fully satiate the hunger for more HudMo material.


Dive Index: Lost in the Pressure

There is elegant beauty and grace on display, and some very pleasant pieces of music.


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