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Wednesday, February 25 2015

Sam Prekop: The Republic

The second instrumental adventure in the land of modular synthesizer from the golden voice of the Sea and Cake.


The Balkan Clarinet Summit: Many Languages, One Soul

The Balkan Clarinet Summit has produced one of the most soulful, enjoyable, and diverse collaborative albums in some time.


Hypercolor: Hypercolor

Hypercolor is a New York trio, an absolute mess of influences that can't help but play around with a blender.


Blackberry Smoke: Holding All the Roses

Blackberry Smoke's fourth studio album is appropriately named after an analogy meaning "you're the winner".


Tuesday, February 24 2015

Dan Deacon: Gliss Riffer

Gliss Riffer is by far Deacon's most successful and accessible full-length thus far, but it's just shy of being a masterpiece.


Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates Featuring Joe Bonamassa: Ooh Yea! The Betty Davis Songbook

Australia's soul wunderkind Mahalia Barnes crosses her T's and dots her Betty Davis I's as she pays tribute to an artist who was too much, too soon.


Pelican: The Cliff EP

With this EP, Pelican don’t seem to understand that promised tension that never delivers can be as frustrating as tension that never finds release.


Jorma Kaukonen: Ain’t in No Hurry

This is feel-good music, played by a seasoned and assured troubadour equally at home on a spotlit stage or a front porch.


Kevin Drumm: Everything’s Going Along As Usual and Then All Shit Breaks Loose

Kevin Drumm traffics in static, both the noun and the adjective.


Paul Kelly: Paul Kelly Presents the Merri Soul Sessions (take 2)

The Merri Soul Sessions may be Kelly's most daring effort yet.


Monday, February 23 2015

Gang of Four: What Happens Next

Never so pretty as Content or as clinical as their earliest efforts, this latest album from Gang of Four marks an ugly and interesting new era for the band.


Romare: Projections

How many modern electronic/downtempo acts take their primary inspiration from the Afrocentric American painter Romare Bearden? At least one.


Doe: First Four

London-based Doe resurrects '90s punk with a compilation of their First Four EPs.


Duane Eubanks Quintet: Things of That Particular Nature

The trumpeter, brother of guitarists Kevin and trombonist Robin, leads a sharp band of top players, and the result is a gem.


DMX: Redemption of the Beast

This year is barely eight weeks old, but Redemption of the Beast will likely be the worst rap album of the year.


Friday, February 20 2015

Sumac: The Deal

The latest project by metal titan Aaron Turner may be rough around the edges, but it's a thrilling enough ride to merit ignoring the bumps.


Phosphorescent: Live at the Music Hall

A sprawling, hits-heavy live album reminiscent of classic rock’s golden era, Phosphorescent’s Live at the Music Hall serves as a near-perfect introduction to this exceptional band.


JD McPherson: Let the Good Times Roll

Imagine rockabilly with punk overtones and you have this album, a foot-stomping, ass-shaking thing of beauty.


Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver: In Session

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver show how it's done with traditional bluegrass anthems on In Session.


Title Fight: Hyperview

Hyperview, the third studio album by the punk outfit Title Fight, finds the band wandering in a more melodious direction, for better or worse.


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