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Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots

“If there ever were a modern rock star who could be called an auteur, it’d be Damon Albarn. As the leader of Blur, he was responsible for the group’s grand themes….Upon repeated listens, the sorrowful undertow of Everyday Robots becomes a comfort, a balm for moments of alienation; it’s the kind of record that when [...]

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“From the start, Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed has specialized in soul like they used to make back in the good old days….Reed remains the same sharp, skillful soulman, one whose good taste and craft are hard to resist.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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Lily Allen: Sheezus

“At her best, Lily Allen operates just at the edge of a crowd, slyly and snidely passing judgment from a safe distance….Allen is no provincial pop star; she belongs in the big leagues.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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Lykke Li: I Never Learn

“I Never Learn utilizes the simplest tools of confessional songwriting: uneasily strummed acoustic guitars and resonant piano chords enlarged for texture and dramatic flair, like they’re appearing from behind a just-raised curtain, or from a radio as you sing to yourself….We’re used to breakup albums that assume you just want to crawl into a hole [...]

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Nina Persson: Animal Heart

“On Animal Heart, Nina Persson does everything an artist with a career as lengthy and varied as hers could, and should, do on a solo debut album….[T]hese songs blend the countrified reflection of her former project and the sparkling pop of the latter….Neither a denial nor a rehash of Persson’s past, Animal Heart is a [...]

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Arc Iris: Arc Iris

“Arc Iris is the band singer, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Jocie Adams established after leaving the Low Anthem. This self-titled debut album is nearly impossible to categorize. Though this bracing, fresh, nearly seamless meld of cabaret, folk traditions, country, rock, classical, cabaret, and jazz is eclectic and ranging, it’s accessible to listeners of many stripes….Arc [...]

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Band of Skulls: Himalayan

“Released in 2012, Sweet Sour saw the bluesy Southampton guitar rock trio moving out of the garage and into a flat, offering up a lustrous, loud, and wistful (yet still gritty enough to evoke a few White Stripes comparisons) set of moody English alt-rock confections….Once again, Band of Skulls have proven that they have the [...]

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“Forty-four years is a long time between albums, but for singer/songwriter Linda Perhacs it has been exactly that… [T]his set picks up where her hallucinatory classic left off….It’s spacy yet bright and fluid. The Soul of All Natural Things… is unmistakably an extension of the sonic, spiritual continuum Perhacs began — and probably thought she [...]

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Seasick Steve: Hubcap Music

“Back in 2009, Seasick Steve released an album called Man From Another Time, a perfectly apt title for a record full of dirt-ridden, diesel-fueled (mostly) solo blues tunes… [T]he enigmatic character has built a sonic identity around performing on junkyard, often handmade instruments while telling stories about his early years working obscure and manual jobs….Hubcap [...]

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Black Pistol Fire: Hush or Howl

“Black Pistol Fire’s 2011 full-length debut earned them a lot of comparisons to the Black Keys….Three years and an interim album later, Hush or Howl benefits from the Canadian duo finding their own sound.” –PopMatters Check Our Catalog

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Ivan Lins: Amorágio

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The Black Keys: Turn Blue

“Turn Blue, the 2014 successor to their down-and-dirty international blockbuster El Camino, is… a churning psychedelic excursion that slowly pulses in any color you like….Turn Blue impresses because it does what all great bands should do: it captures a band stretching while always sounding like themselves.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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“Lost in the Dream is the War on Drugs’ Daydream Nation or Disintegration; lengthy distillations of similar themes result in wildly different threads of song, all connecting again in the end. It’s a near flawless collection of dreamy vibes, shifting moods, and movement, and stands easily as Granduciel’s finest hour so far.” –All Music Guide [...]

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“Takako Minekawa returned with Toropical Circle, a collaboration with former Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong that is equally familiar and surprising….Toropical Circle might be Minekawa’s least overtly poppy album yet, but it’s also one of her most successful and intriguing; it’s true to her spirit as well as Wong’s, and a lovely, welcome return.” –All Music [...]

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“‘Writing and completing this album was one of the most difficult and rewarding things I’ve ever done,’ main man Daniel Graves comments. ‘I set out to demolish every expectation people have about Aesthetic Perfection, and I think I succeeded. People may say the anger is gone, but it’s not, it’s just bubbling underneath the surface.’” [...]

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“Boban Marković is the finest trumpeter in the Balkans, while his son, Marko, is another impressive brass player who has edged this celebrated Serbian Gypsy band away from traditional influences to a more contemporary style.” –The Guardian Check Our Catalog

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“Almost without fail… reviews pitched Run the Jewels as a more worthwhile and rewarding alternative to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne, with the latter’s succession of big-name producers and expensive studios replaced by one dedicated, groundbreaking auteur, and its endless references to its creators’ wealth traded for an anti-materialism more in keeping with [...]

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“Ten albums and 18 years on from their first show, the Drive-By Truckers are still capable of mixing things up and showing off new sides of their skill set, and that’s certainly the case with English Oceans, which shows them making wise use of all their talents.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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“[A]s a band, Elbow reflect this comfortable reckoning with their own nature, letting sadness creep at the edges but favoring a warm, enveloping melancholy that turns the album into a soundtrack for healing, not wallowing.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once

“The ageless and brilliant Kylie Minogue is an unstoppable force on the pop music scene. Long after her contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, become irrelevant, released the same boring records over and over, or embarrassed themselves in various ways, she continues to crank out inspired albums that show absolutely no dip in quality whatsoever….Kiss [...]

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