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Monday, April 28 2014

Jerry Leger: Early Riser

Early Riser is strong output, and deserving of any laurels and accolades thrown its way.

Archie Powell & the Exports: Back in Black

Chicago power-popper Powell's got some girl troubles, man, on his band's third full-length.

Thursday, April 24 2014


DWNTWN has its moments, but fails to differentiate itself in an already crowded genre

Mystic Braves: Desert Island

Throwback band outdoes its ancestors

Lilies on Mars: Dot to Dot

Unless you’re a proponent of post-rock, dream pop, or shoegaze sounds, this one more than merits a pass.

Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman: We Made It Home

Walker shows herself to be not just a talented songwriter, but a truly thoughtful voice, the sort of artist who seems to know something about the world, and who’s willing to share the knowledge in song.

Tuesday, April 22 2014

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Millions: Live in Denver

There are jazz trios, and then there are these guys.

Friday, April 18 2014

Echaskech: Origin

The third album by Echaskech, their first since 2009's Shatterproof, sees London producers Dom Hoare and Andy Gillham honing their sound craft with immersive results.

Diego Barber: Tales

You've heard piano and guitar duet albums. This one goes off into a blue yonder.

Sax Ruins: Blimmguass

The saxophone and drum duo of Sax Ruins resembles a simultaneously intriguing and unholy combination of free jazz and heavy metal.

Thursday, April 17 2014

Stanton Moore: Conversations

Stanton Moore goes back to acoustic jazz, but he couldn't shake off the funk beats if he tried.

Your Friend: Jekyll / Hyde EP

This is an extended play that is sparse and airy in equal measure, with the music sounding remotely thin at times.

Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism: Isis Voyage

The crate-digging Cultures of Soul label unearths a set of previously unreleased jazz funk and R&B from Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism.

Tristen: C A V E S

A pop record with big synths and charming vocals.

Monday, April 14 2014

Greg Ashley: Another Generation of Slaves

Another Generation of Slaves is an overall solid album, a thematic set that glides bittersweetly over you and makes sure to catch you with a barb every once in a while.

Leo Welch: Sabougla Voices

Praise the Lord, and pass the guitar.

Tuesday, April 8 2014

Denney & the Jets: Mexican Coke

Denney & the Jets have personality and energy to spare on this debut, but they are also trying to find their own voice among several musical traditions.

Bill Baird: Diamond Eyepatch

Austin via Oakland experimental pop artist Bill Baird makes his Moon Glyph debut with a mini-album of balanced absurdity.

The White Buffalo: Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways

Fourteen-song cycle tells the story of a pair of intertwined lives.

Albin de la Simone: Un Homme

France's unassuming chanteur nudges the heartstrings gently with his latest effort.

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