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Merge's Silver Age: 25 Essential Albums Over 25 Years
By PopMatters Staff
To mark Merge Records' silver anniversary, PopMatters picked 25 memorable albums that help tell the label's remarkable history. [22.Jul.14]
White Fence: For the Recently Found Innocent
For the Recently Found Innocent, Tim Presley's first studio-made record as White Fence ups the ante over his previous work. [22.Jul.14]
Sara Jackson-Holman - 'River Queen' (video) (Premiere)
Check out the latest video from Portland, Oregon recording artist Sara Jackson-Holman, the Lana Del Rey-indebted "River Queen". [22.Jul.14]
Jack White Rocks the Audience at Forecastle Day Two
Day two of Forecastle concluded with the audience being rocked to muscle weakness. [22.Jul.14]
Telluride 2014: The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Mandolins
In 2014, Telluride is the perfect encapsulation of where it has been and where it is going to be in the future. [21.Jul.14]
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For the Recently Found Innocent, Tim Presley's first studio-made record as White Fence ups the ante over his previous work.
Yasiin Gaye swings back around for round two of the long-playing soul/hip-hop mashups. Nice.
This is a pretty dull record that doesn’t excite the listener – you’ve heard this all done before on Psychocandy or Darklands or elsewhere.
The Hollies were one of the most successful acts of the '60s, but are almost always relegated as a footnote.
Mac Miller continues on his path following money, fame, drugs and alcohol, while writing some clever, craftily worded lyrics along the way.
Day two of Forecastle concluded with the audience being rocked to muscle weakness.
The collaborators are different, but the voice is just as strong, and has only gotten better with time.
America’s hardest working funnyman returns with his 10th full-length album, First of Dismay. Repulsive, repellent, live out your fears.
Carly-Jo is a magnificent addition to New Country sounds, and represents the very best of what country-pop, country-rock or whatever you want to call it has to offer.
(Clan of) Xymox launched their career with the long out-of-print EP Subsequent Pleasures. Dark Entries reintroduces this odd yet compelling recording to those who missed out on it the first time.
With the best of intentions, British producer Daniel Boyle reunites Scratch with his vintage '70s dub equipment.
From the minimalist indie rock of Spoon to the extravagant performance by OutKast, day one of Forecastle did not disappoint.
An updated, exquisite, extraordinary, genuine electronic classic.
If you love crisp, jangly, guitar rock, the Clean's Anthology is quite the collection.
Bubba Sparxxx has made plenty of good songs and a couple of great albums. Made on McCosh Mill Road, unfortunately, has very few of the former and is not the latter.
On 48:13, Kasabian largely eschew rock, pop and melody for a sound dominated by electronica and synths. With this they have lost a lot of what made them so good.
Sheffield lads continue their run of exceptional, hook-laden indie pop with their latest release.
Shattered, Reigning Sound's first full-length in five years, is the kind of record that pays tribute to the past, even walks in its shadow, but also provides its own strut.
Neon Icon showcases all the reasons you love (or hate) RiFF RaFF, but it also proves he can put together a cohesive record.
To measure the success of a jam session is a daunting task. The parameters of success are different than with a composed work, and require a different kind of empathy and listening from both players and audience.
Electronic jazz mashup artist Mark de Clive-Lowe collages together a breathtaking masterpiece.
Give a microphone to a musician and he will record the mortality that surrounds him. Give it to a musician with fear of mortality and he or she will describe what life is all about.
Still more world muzak from the globetrotting English duo.
This British retro-funk duo has created something unpretentious enough to energize a dance floor at 2 a.m., yet curious enough to suggest there’s something just a tad thornier under the surface.
Remedy is a noble stepping stone between Old Crow Medicine Show's past and future.
Ab-Soul's follow-up to Control System sees him forgetting all quality control.
Severed Heads' "Dead Eyes Opened" was an accidental critical success back in 1983. Relive this modest hit's moment in the sun on a vinyl reissue.
Fuzzed-out guitar riffs. Locked-in rhythm section. Emphasis on slow grooves. Yep, Comet Control is a stoner rock band. A pretty good one, too.
Capsule Reviews
At times reminiscent of the ‘70s singer-songwriter songbook of Laura Nyro, Double Bind is an affecting listen, even at its poppiest and even when there’s a bare rendition of the title track in almost a cappella format. [21.Jul.14]
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To mark Merge Records' silver anniversary, PopMatters picked 25 memorable albums that help tell the label's remarkable history. [21.Jul.14]
They're the electronic group that looked for a challenge, tried tape analogue tape recording, and made their most acclaimed disc yet. [20.Jul.14]
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Jazz Today
Smoke Sessions Records is doing it old-school: recording the best musicians in New York playing mainstream jazz that cooks. [14.Jul.14]
Queer, Isn't It?
Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances. [10.Jul.14]
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