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Wednesday, March 5 2014

Bill Pritchard: A Trip to the Coast

Thoughtful, high-quality, guitar pop.

von Grey: Awakening

On their second EP, the four young sisters of Von Grey make a strange, joyful sound that maintains their Americana roots while diving into wonderful new waters.

Mark Springer: Menu

Former post-punker Mark Springer reveals his at once wild and romantic affairs with the piano.

Chris Wilson: It’s Flamin’ Groovy!

It’s just a shame that the vocals don’t always quite match the effort of the musicianship.

Tuesday, March 4 2014

Bart Davenport: Physical World

In a world where originality is king, Physical World lays its classic rock inspiration bare. The result is a fine piece of throwback pop.

Damaged Bug: Hubba Bubba

While Thee Oh Sees are headed for hiatus, frontman John Dwyer stretches into bedroom synth-pop as Damaged Bug on the solid Hubba Bubba.

Hera: Seven Lines

As Wonder Woman says, Great Hera!

Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project: Devils ‘n Darlins

Collective Soul leader branches out and the results are surprisingly well rounded.

Monday, March 3 2014

Jupe Jupe: Crooked Kisses

There’s a real sense of putting everything on the line and urgency here that the group hasn’t really established previously.

As Animals: As Animals

French duo introduce themselves to the world with a quiet, simple, and pleasant statement.

KG: Passage Secret

Who or what is KG? And where can I get more of it?

Yonder Mountain String Band: YMSB EP13

Bluegrass for people who don’t really like bluegrass, Yonder Mountain hasn’t made much career progress for a band sometimes shuffled under the progressive bluegrass label.

Wednesday, February 26 2014

The Dollyrots: Barefoot and Pregnant

LA's favorite bubblegum punk duo deliver a deeply hooky, melodic, and wacky set of spiky anthems. Check your pulse if you don't find yourself bopping along.

Dominic Miller: Ad Hoc

Sting's guitarist keeps his solo career chugging with another sturdy release.

Crushed Stars: Farewell Young Lovers

Todd Gautreau continues to refine and expand on his calm, comforting dreampop.

Various Artists: We Are Not For Sale

This protest collection pushes past the folk we expect and gives us a myriad of voices speaking against change unauthorized by the people. It's a powerful sound all the way through.

Tuesday, February 25 2014

Thalia Zedek Band: Six

Despite the mini-album tag, Six is hardly hold-over material. Instead, it's another fascinating, deeply resonant collection from Zedek.

Tom Brosseau: Grass Punks

Grass Punks is a welcome return from one of the most dynamic voices in modern folk.

The Bankesters: Love Has Wheels

A satisfying platter of pickin' and twangin'.

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