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Wednesday, July 16 2014

Old Crow Medicine Show: Remedy

Remedy is a noble stepping stone between Old Crow Medicine Show's past and future.


Ab-Soul: These Days…

Ab-Soul's follow-up to Control System sees him forgetting all quality control.


Severed Heads: Dead Eyes Opened

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.


Comet Control: Comet Control

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.


Tuesday, July 15 2014

Clearwater Festival 2014: 22 June 2014 - Day 2 Recap + Photos

The spirit of Pete and Toshi Seeger permeated Clearwater Festival as this was the first year without the environmentally conscious folk musician and the filmmaker.


Morrissey: World Peace Is None of Your Business

With World Peace Is None of Your Business, Morrissey finds himself becoming lyrically divisive to the point of self-parody.


JPNSGRLS: Circulation

With the manic drive and creativity of the Dillinger Escape Plan at its best, the Vancouver-based JPNSGRLS craft a pop-punk gem in Circulation.


Fink: Hard Believer

Hard Believer is about the immersive experience that a cohesive record can offer. It's a top-to-bottom, unhurried listen.


Lucky Peterson: The Son of a Bluesman

Lucky Peterson is the son of a bluesman. He has the blues in his blood. He says so himself, many times.


Kronos Quartet: A Thousand Thoughts

This is an album about diversity without intellectual compromises. It is how it is because this is the way it is. There is no re-elaboration or, worse, reinterpretation of the existing aesthetic principles.


Monday, July 14 2014

British Summer Time at Hyde Park

Black Sabbath, Faith No More, Soundgarden and more: a tale of music and Independence.


John Hiatt: Terms of My Surrender

Legendary songwriter John Hiatt takes the hard road on Terms of My Surrender, a tough, modern blues contemplation which turns into an exciting heartland roar.


Landlady: Upright Behavior

The way Landlady can explode with joy and strangeness puts them on some sort of a pedestal, right from their debut.


Trampled By Turtles: Wild Animals

When your album highlights sound much like a previous rock incarnation and a pair of fast songs sound like fraternal twins, it’s probably not your best effort.


The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer: A Real Fine Mess

This is a streamlined collection of a standard sound with some sonic detours into pop territory, and it draws inspiration from both the classic and the contemporary styles of blues.


Various Artists: The Motown 7s Box Volume 2

The second set of Northern Soul-flavored 7x7"-singles from the legendary soul label highlights just how tough it is to consider the Motown sound objectively these days.


Friday, July 11 2014

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto 50th Anniversary

The seminal bossa-nova record for American audiences still sounds perfect.


Chicago: Now (Chicago XXXVI)

Now (Chicago XXXVI) will likely make moms across the land swoon, and that’s pretty much all you can ask from Chicago by this point.


Mick Harvey: Intoxicated Man / Pink Elephants

They are Serge Gainsbourg's songs, but it's Harvey’s show, and he does a fine job as frontman throughout.


Say Hi: Endless Wonder

Watching Eric Elbogen's career has been like watching a turtle come out its shell in slow motion, and Endless Wonder is perhaps Say Hi's most fully realized album to date.


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