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Thursday, July 9 2015

The Velvet Teen: All Is Illusory

It's good to have them back, if only for the promise of the next album.

Wednesday, July 8 2015

Beth Bombara: Beth Bombara

Beth Bombara strips away life's worn edges to reveal the subtle beauty in the familiar.

Monday, July 6 2015

John Patitucci: Brooklyn

Bassist John Patitucci returns home with a new bass and a few friends to ostensibly explore the music that shaped his love of the instrument.

Wharfer: Acadia

If Jeff Tweedy, Glen Hansard, and Sufjan Stevens met Tom Waits at Justin Vernon’s Wisconsin cabin, the result would be Acadia.

Monday, June 29 2015

Vows: Soon Enough Love

Soon Enough Love is a Darwinian battle between beats and strings.

Brian Landrus Trio: The Deep Below

Landrus can certainly play, but it's his full sensibilities that merit attention on his latest album.

Thursday, June 25 2015

Adam Torres: Nostra Nova

Long-lost Ohio cult classic gets a much-needed reissue.

Wednesday, June 24 2015

Sam Cohen: Cool It

Cool It isn’t a revolutionary record, but it’s a pleasant listen from top to bottom and another worthy addition to Cohen's astoundingly depth-ridden catalog.

Tuesday, June 23 2015

HONNE: Coastal Love EP

Brimming with unseen potential, HONNE makes a shaky first impression on Coastal Love.

Zero 7: EP 3

Zero 7 and friends create a gentle and compelling EP.

Monday, June 22 2015

Sugar & The Hi-Lows: High Roller

Utilizing relentless rhythms to underscore their wistful resolve, Sugar & The Hi-Lows still manage to keep a subtle bond amidst their mutual admiration.

Royce Wood Junior: The Ashen Tang

Royce Wood Junior unleashes an unusual and heady mix of styles and talent on debut The Ashen Tang.

Friday, June 19 2015

Sal Mosca: The Talk of the Town

An upstanding piece of jazz music, The Talk of the Town comes as a strong recommendation to those who can appreciate the simplicity in the adeptness of this pianist at work in his prime.

Chuck Berry: The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-61

Berry’s infectious style of guitar playing, lyrical phrasing, and the combination of salacious innuendoes and racial awareness still hold up.

The Kandinsky Effect: Somnambulist

The Kandinsky Effect are assembled from three standard jazz instruments. The sound they create isn't so standard.

Thursday, June 18 2015

Snow Ghosts: A Wrecking

Snow Ghosts's second full-length is the sound of ambition being met halfway.

Emil Friis: Sand in Your Eyes

Sand in Your Eyes is as frustrating as it is enjoyable.

Grant Dermody: Sun Might Shine on Me

With Sun Might Shine on Me, Grant Dermody applies his harmonica skills in a variety of settings, from the hills of Appalachia to the Crescent City and its Creole confines.

Wednesday, June 17 2015

Pocket Panda: This Arrangement of Molecules

A group of talented musicians, Pocket Panda rely too heavily on prevailing pop trends to manage any sort of lasting impact.

Various Artists: Late Night Tales Presents After Dark - Nocturne

The third installment of Late Night Tales' After Dark series, again curated by DJ Bill Brewster, is a decades-spanning, funky good time.

//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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