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Thursday, July 17 2014

RiFF RaFF: Neon Icon

Neon Icon showcases all the reasons you love (or hate) RiFF RaFF, but it also proves he can put together a cohesive record.


Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket: In a Dutch Haze

To measure the success of a jam session is a daunting task. The parameters of success are different than with a composed work, and require a different kind of empathy and listening from both players and audience.


Mark de Clive-Lowe: Church

Electronic jazz mashup artist Mark de Clive-Lowe collages together a breathtaking masterpiece.


Mike Weis: Don’t Know, Just Walk

Give a microphone to a musician and he will record the mortality that surrounds him. Give it to a musician with fear of mortality and he or she will describe what life is all about.


Bombay Dub Orchestra: Tales From the Grand Bazaar

Still more world muzak from the globetrotting English duo.


Wednesday, July 16 2014

Jungle: Jungle

This British retro-funk duo has created something unpretentious enough to energize a dance floor at 2 a.m., yet curious enough to suggest there’s something just a tad thornier under the surface.


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.


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