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Thursday, November 13 2014

Ruby: Waiting For Light

Still trading on much of the heavy electronic grooves of past albums, Ruby's latest effort also sees much of the sonics stripped to a bare minimum of just voice and guitar.


Wednesday, November 12 2014

Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

A bluesy howl of addictive beats, political fury, and hypnotic technique, the sequel to Run the Jewels' triumphant debut bests the original in every way.


Antony & the Johnsons: Turning: A Musical Documentary

Charles Atlas' 2006 tour documentary captures the depth, beauty, and complexity of Antony Hegarty’s artistic vision and her corollary mission for transgendered acceptance.


2:54: The Other I

2:54 craft a weirdly woven tapestry of implied grunge, dream pop, and psychedelic folk in compelling sophomore record.


Howard Eynon: So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam

A long-lost acid folk classic crawls out from the Australian bush to blink its stoned eyes in the sun.


Childish Gambino: Kauai EP

Childish Gambino flexes his immense talent and versatility on EP Kauai.


Dawn Pemberton: Say Somethin’

This is a record for the blue-haired crowd, but there’s enough here for those who like soul, R&B, and jazz rock to make Pemberton an appreciative force.


Tuesday, November 11 2014

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: IX

After a few albums of focused hard rock, Trail of Dead confidently begins to reintegrate the more pop-oriented experimentations that killed their early '00s buzz.


Cult of Youth: Final Days

Final Days is an uncompromising record played with the passion and conviction to back up its ambitious artistic vision.


Mark Kozelek: Sings Christmas Carols

For those ready to consider the the real meaning of Christmas rather than the crass commercial aspect, this is the holiday record for you.


Close Talker: Flux

Deftly penchant, heart rending, and thoughtful, Close Talker is certainly a band worth chatting about.


Darius Jones: The Oversoul Manual

Jazz saxophonist Darius Jones has composed before, but you’ve never heard him make anything like this.


The Bluebells: Exile on Twee Street

This was no doubt created for fans, but it serves as a decent introduction to the band's music anyway.


Monday, November 10 2014

Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste

After endless delays, the New York rapper finally drops her first album, a postmodern pop epic that aims to make an impression rather than please.


Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Theory of Everything

Jóhann Jóhannsson evokes the sound of space and time falling in love together... in the '60s.


Philip Selway: Weatherhouse

Philip Selway's Weatherhouse is a somewhat more confident-sounding album from a songwriter no longer saddled with the weight of first impressions.


T.I.: Paperwork

Paperwork is an album that doesn't have to be long to be expansive, but it's stuffed full of songs anyway. If you sift through them, you'll find some great moments, though, ones that suggest T.I.'s best days may not all be behind him.


Matt Ulery: In the Ivory

This album is an ingenious and utterly natural blend of classical chamber music, jazz, and pop song craft that is a beautiful blend of what’s possible in today’s boundary-less musical world.


Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne: Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas / Five Melodies

Prokofiev's only two violin sonatas get the reading of a lifetime.


Mavis Staples: New York - 4 November 2014

Age has slowed her a bit, but at 75, the gospel great delivers


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