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Monday, January 27 2014

La Flama De Tierra Caliente: Desde La Puerta De Tierra Caliente

Crowd-moving synth polkas are fast, cheap and way better than they need to be.

Toronzo Cannon: John the Conquer Root

The ghost of Hendrix is just as apparent as Muddy Waters.

Friday, January 24 2014

Culted: Oblique to All Paths

The perfect melding of blackened doom metal, enhanced by gloomy and melancholy undertones.

Thursday, January 23 2014

Tennis: Small Sound

They haven’t totally lost their 1950s pop-rock gleam, but Tennis bulks up their sound.

Claire: Broken Promise Land EP

On their debut, the German synth-poppers party and mope like it's 1983.

Raider Klan: Tales From the Underground

Nothing new here, but entertaining nevertheless.

Tuesday, January 21 2014

Silent Lions: The Compartments

Toledo duo Silent Lions perfect nocturnal, spookhouse groove with sophomore EP.

Burkhard Stangl: Unfinished: For William Turner, Painter

Burkhard Stangl strangles his guitar sound to give you the impression of a series of unfinished paintings.

Martha’s Vineyard Ferries: Mass. Grave

Mass. Grave achieves an expansive snarl, as this trio builds on its considerable talents and musical past to make a darkly energetic and endlessly rewarding record.

The Burton Greene Trio: On Tour

Many students went to college in the '60s, but Burton Greene actually took them to school.

Friday, January 17 2014

For Living Lovers: Revealing Essence

Here it is, acoustic jazz at its quietest. You'll almost forget just how complex it is.

Neo Geo: Digital DNA

They want to be the next Paramore while also being the next No Doubt and Katy Perry. Not quite, guys.

Various Artists: Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious Music

It shows how pervasive religious songs were in this time and place, but is also unique in what a diverse collection of music it is.

Bosq of Whiskey Barons: Bosq y Orquestra de Madera

Afrobeat, reggae, cumbia, tropicalia and shivs of disco sass.

Thursday, January 16 2014

Loves It: All We Are

Wacky folk duo Loves It draws deep from a wild variety of genres for their second album and demonstrate an incredibly broad emotional palette to boot.

The Fuzz: The Fuzz

Garage rock that gets the job done.

U.S. Royalty: Blue Sunshine

Blue Sunshine is a welcome blast of melancholic pop with a Californian sheen, despite the fact that U.S. Royalty hails from the East Coast.

Pete Anderson: Birds Above Guitarland

This rockabilly blues hits all the expected notes, but there's not much more here than what's expected.

Tuesday, January 14 2014

The Entrance Band: Face the Sun

Some good stuff here, undermined by weak vocals

Bear’s Den: Agape EP

These Mumford protegés' debut EP sounds like a better, more compact version of Mumford & Sons Sigh No More.

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