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Tuesday, September 23 2014

Royal Blood: Royal Blood

This is a band that is ascending, and people are standing up and taking notice, even if the group's name and sound are a little generic.


Diplo: Random White Dude Be Everywhere

The monumental producer's compilation of recent singles and remixes may be the ideal party playlist, but it fails at just about everything else.


Monday, September 22 2014

Alt-J: This Is All Yours

The contradiction of all second records but especially this one: Be what people expect when people want something unexpected.


Robert Plant: Lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar

You have to respect Robert Plant's desire to take the crowd-pleasing, Grammy-approved formula of his last few records into wilder, hazier places. But the results don’t always reach their intended target.


Steph Cameron: Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady

Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady is the kind of platter that, if all goes to plan, is going to make Steph Cameron a little less sad-eyed and lonesome when she takes the stage at a concert hall near you.


Flowers: Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do

This is a fresh, young band, attractive in sound and approach, playing music with echoes of many great indie-pop bands of the past.


Black State Highway: Black State Highway

Black State Highway's high quality throwback hard rock might have found a place on the charts in 1990 next to The Black Crowes and "Thunderstruck"-era AC/DC.


The Flesh Eaters: A Minute to Pray a Second to Die

Classic L.A. punk album back on vinyl for the first time in 30 years.


Friday, September 19 2014

Sondre Lerche: Please

Prior to Please, it was fair to say that Sondre Lerche could make a great record. With Please, however, he's one-upped himself and made a masterpiece.


Earth: Primitive and Deadly

Primitive and Deadly may be the dawning of another new era for the Seattle legends.


Nils Lofgren: Face the Music

Possibly the mother of all box sets, Nils Lofgren’s Face the Music contains 169 tracks, 20 video clips, and a 136-page book, covering a big talent’s long career.


Ballet School: The Dew Lasts an Hour

Ballet School is an indelible entry into the synth pop genre, and are at least taking the approach somewhat differently by using guitars.


Ann Hampton Callaway: From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughn Project

Ann Hampton Callaway covers the late, great Sarah Vaughan incredibly on From Sassy to Divine.


Homeboy Sandman: White Sands

Queens' militant pedagogue teams up with one of London's weirder producers.


Thursday, September 18 2014

The Juan MacLean: In a Dream

DFA greats the Juan MacLean sound out of their element on their new album, a collection of stripped down pop and '70s rock-flavored electro.


Moonface: City Wrecker

For all his worry over moving around, Spencer Krug's latest Moonface release makes it clear that behind the piano Krug sounds at home, rooted, in a place he's been found and a place he belongs.


Iron Reagan: The Tyranny of Will

A group of metal guys take a break and form an '80s-style hardcore band. A good time is had by all.


Farmers by Nature: Love and Ghosts

The third release from a free jazz cooperative piano trio featuring Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver and William Parker


Ben Glover: Atlantic

On Atlantic, redemption awaits in the cleansing waters of the river, if not in the chorus of the songs or the hallowed memory of Robert Johnson that Ben Glover invokes.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + Galactic

New Orleans musicians rarely disappoint. They come from a world where music is practically akin to religion, and they always seem to know how to rise to the occasion.


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