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"Plans" Follows Von Grey's Transitions and Ambitions (premiere)

Classically trained sister trio Von Grey directs their video for "Plans", a track from their new acoustic EP, bloom: acoustic.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker: Through the Clouds

In preparation for their 2016 LP, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker provide US listeners with both an introduction to some old favourites and a taste of what is to come.

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Patrick Park: We Fall Out of Touch EP

Patrick Park gives us little that we haven't already heard before.

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Jack Johnson: From Here to Now to You

Some of Jack Johnson's most beautiful songs can be found on this album, if you can stomach the endless romantic references and the abundance of similar-sounding guitar melodies.

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I Am Kloot: Let It All In

Proof that good things do, indeed, come to those who wait.

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Mark Kozelek: On Tour: A Documentary – The Soundtrack

On Tour: A Documentary – The Soundtrack suggests that it is solely the product of a man's ego spinning out of control, with a necessity to repackage material that is already out there in the marketplace.

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Nouvelle Vague: Acoustic

This live album captures Nouvelle Vague in a reflective and entertaining mood, in front of a very enthusiastic Portuguese crowd.

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Mike Scheidt: Stay Awake

Frontman for doom band YOB hauls out the acoustic guitars and matters of profound spiritual and emotional import on his solo debut. The acoustic guitar part goes well, at least.

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Jenny Owen Youngs: An Unwavering Band of Light

Youngs's darkly beautiful singing voice carries the day on her most energetic and accessible collection of songs yet.

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Caetano Veloso & David Byrne: Live at Carnegie Hall

Live at Carnegie Hall may be forgettable, but it’s a harmless and occasionally pleasing aside in the oeuvre of two undeniably necessary artists.

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Laura Gibson: La Grande

A beautiful and emotive album as Laura Gibson invokes her home state of Oregon, and invites us to join her on a musical journey.

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100 Mile House: Hollow Ponds

Hollow Ponds is an album with a sort of self-assuredness, almost a contentedness, that makes it very easy to warm up to.

Mike Schiller
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Jah Youssouf and Bintou Coulibaly: Sababou

Forget Afro-funk -- there are quieter pleasures to be found here.

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Ryan Adams: 21 October 2011 - Seattle

Ryan Adams' sold out show at Seattle's Benaroya Hall proved the world's most sensitive singer-songwriter has almost unlimited talent and a sense of humor too.

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Scott Matthews: What the Night Delivers ...

Singer-songwriter goes nocturnal, resurrecting the ghost of Jeff Buckley and layering up the violins, vocal effects and instrospection.

David Smith
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Marissa Nadler: Marissa Nadler

On her new album, the mix between tradition and personality has shifted, and Nadler comes shining through on this wonderful, often deceptively uplifting record.

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The Summer Set: Everything's Fine

The Summer Set seeks to find a new identity in the form of catchy pop rock.

Kiel Hauck
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Emmy the Great: Virtue

With her second album, Virtue, Emmy the Great expands her vision to create a dream world of profound sadness and unforgettable art.

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Efren: Rise on Up and Melt

Bemoaning guitar and rueful lyrics yield an underwhelming effort after the fast-paced country rock of 2010's Always Been a Bleeder EP.

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Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman: Union Town EP

Morello's political actions haven't stood in the way of his songwriting on this stellar EP full of folky yet often hard-rockin' anthems.

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Priscilla Ahn: When You Grow Up

Priscilla Ahn enters adult world with vibrant new effort.

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Channel In Channel Out: The Author and the Narrator

Channel In Channel Out creates too much static on his label debut.

Matt Edsall
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William Fitzsimmons: 13 Apr 2011 - Knoxville, TN

At one point during his set, Fitzsimmons poked fun at himself, laughing, "All my songs sound similar anyway."

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Mayday Parade: Valdosta EP

Pop-punk band Mayday Parade revisits the past while providing a peek at its upcoming full-length.

Kiel Hauck
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Lynn Miles: Fall For Beauty

Miles is a solid, dependable songstress, and if you are even remotely interested in what rootsy Americana by way of Canada sounds like, Fall For Beauty is an album, with a few flaws, worth checking out.

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Future Islands: Undressed

This acoustic EP highlights Future Islands' compositional chops, proving why they're one of the most exciting bands to come around in years.

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The Innocence Mission: My Room in the Trees

More mood music, less Pure Moods, please.

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Lúnasa: Lá Nua

Lá Nua is brisk with reels.

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Turin Brakes: Outbursts

A half-hearted attempt to return to their glory days results in a half-good, half-dreary return for the acoustic-folk duo.

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Devine's Jug Band: Terrible Operation Blues

An old-time American jug band complete with a genuine old-time American jug.

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Kings of Convenience: Declaration of Dependence

Quiet is no longer the new loud and the Kings may need to up their game if they're to leave work of lasting value.

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Ilya E. Monosov: Seven Lucky Plays, or How to Fix Songs for a Broken Heart

If his latest CD with the cumbersome title of is any indication, Ilya E. Monosov probably says profound things in between bouts of sitting and thinking.

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Putumayo: Women of the World

Despite the different springs feeding into these women's inspirational homes, the album is successful at uniting these unique, accomplished musicians.

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Vandaveer: Grace & Speed

Vandaveer's Mark Charles Heidinger can tell a pitch-black story in a way that makes it sound more like unfortunate happenstance than world-moving tragedy.

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