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Monday, March 16 2015

Altan: The Widening Gyre

The Widening Gyre finds this veteran Celtic combo journeying to Nashville and intertwining their Irish roots with ample doses of Appalachian mountain music and wholly American bluegrass.


Olly Murs: Never Been Better

Although flawed, Never Been Better has many worthwhile moments.


Friday, March 13 2015

Heems: Eat Pray Thug

Heems, having broken away from rap group Das Racist, tackles politics, race and romance on his disparate yet ultimately compelling first solo album.


Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Hand. Cannot. Erase. is easily the strongest of Wilson's solo output in terms of cohesive narrative and dynamic song structure.


Tim Lee 3: 33 1/3

Tim Lee 3’s fourth and best release hankers for the excitement of the unknown lurking just around the next back road bend, offering a mature set of rock and roll songs about staying young at heart.


Diamond Rugs: Cosmetics

Not your run-of-the-mill supergroup, kindred spirits crank up the amps on the solid follow-up to their 2012 debut


Little Comets: Hope Is Just a State of Mind

Little Comets' fluttery experimental indie pop falls into a down-tempo rut on their third album.


Thursday, March 12 2015

The Staple Singers: Freedom Highway Complete

With 50 years having passed after Freedom Highway's original issue, we get a new, complete version of this vital live recording.


Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: After

"They sleep, we live!" Young hearts come hither and feel the After glow.


Motor Sister: Ride

Anthrax's Scott Ian recruits ringers to revive obscure '90s and '00s hard rock band Mother Superior. The resulting album inadvertently makes the case for why Mother Superior was obscure in the first place.


The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: So Delicious

Being dumb is a rebellion against city sophistication. It’s a clarion call to descend into the mud and morass of country life where being smart has nothing to do with intelligence.


Mikky Ekko: Time

Mikky Ekko shows great potential and promise throughout his debut album, Time.


Wednesday, March 11 2015

Dick Diver: Melbourne, Florida

On their third release, Australia’s Dick Diver up the ante in terms of what indie pop can and should be.


The Minus 5: Dungeon Golds

Dungeon Golds reeks of Record Store Day as it sounds like something that a super fan would hoard.


James McMurtry: Complicated Game

Enmeshing heartfelt stories into a roots sound, McMurtry crafts an Americana classic.


Iron and Wine: Archive Series Volume No. 1

Archive Series Volume No. 1 ought to be considered an absolutely mandatory acquisition.



The Primitives: Galore (Deluxe Edition)

The long-out-of-print, Lightning Seeds-produced third album from the British indie-poppers isn't exactly a trainwreck, but it's no "Crash", either.


Tuesday, March 10 2015

Will Butler: Policy

Arcade Fire's Will Butler unapologetically leans into solo project stereotypes by making an album that sounds just like a diluted version of the band's early records.


River City Extension: Deliverance

River City Extension almost gets there, and that's the problem.


Various Artists: Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities From the Second Decade

If the importance of a label can be judged by its talent, then Signature has done pretty good in its 20-plus year existence.


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