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Los Lonely Boys: Revelation

“The Texan trio has never been constrained by genre, but here they let their imagination wild, dabbling in every sound or style that’s ever tickled their fancy….[I]ts freshness proves that ten years after their 2004 breakthrough, the band is as lively as ever and, in some sly subtle ways, better than ever too.” –All Music [...]

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Neneh Cherry: Blank Project

“Compared to Neneh Cherry’s three proper solo albums, the last of which was released in 1996, Blank Project is from another dimension….From front to back, Blank Project is riveting uneasy listening.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Mike Gent: The Rapid Shave

“For his fourth solo release, the Figgs mainstay calls what he’s doing ‘soft roll,’ and his descriptor seems a fitting one….As ever, Gent is covering a lot of ground here, and as ever, his music has an inexorable, seemingly effortless groove.” –The Boston Globe Check Our Catalog

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“[I]t’s elastic guitar rock constructed partially out of cannabis guitar jams and partially out of punk rock squalls, both sides distinguished by wry melodicism and dexterous wordplay….[I]t feels looser than most of the Jicks records; the compositions are tight but the attitude is ragged, which winds up being more infectious and fun than albums where [...]

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Sam Philips: Push Any Button

“[T]he album is a well-rounded sonic and emotional experience that hits hard and sticks around long after the last note has faded. In other words, Push Any Button is what Sam Phillips fans have come to rely on over her course of her career: a perfectly crafted album that overflows with melodic hooks, musical grace, [...]

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Beck: Morning Phase

“As Morning Phase is a slow, shimmering album deliberately in the vein of classic singer/songwriter LPs, it’s easy to think of it as a pained, confessional sequel to Sea Change, the 2002 record written and recorded in the wake of a painful romantic breakup….[T]he abiding impression left from this album is one of comfort, not [...]

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Kingsley Flood: Battles

“This is a band that plays with a manic energy and is far more apt to snarl than to coo…..Yet even within the torrent of energy Kingsley Flood puts out live, the band distinguishes itself with richly textured songs….It [is] easy to understand why Kingsley Flood’s profile is rising above its Boston base.” –Boston.com Check [...]

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Broken Bells: After the Disco

“As always in Broken Bells’ world, there’s a fine line between bittersweet and bummed out; while these aren’t the easiest moods to make appealing, Burton and Mercer succeed….Given Burton and Mercer’s pedigrees, it’s hard not to want more from Broken Bells, but After the Disco’s strongest moments suggest that their music is coming into focus.” [...]

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Cradle to the Grave: Speak Easy

“Aggressive yet melodic and wearing its heart on its sleeve without ever being sappy or mopey, Cradle to the Grave has produced an album every bit as ferocious and fun as their live show….[Paul Christian's] style manages to stay rooted in punk while not confining itself to the perceived guidelines of the genre.  In fact, [...]

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“Usually, a best-of compilation features songs performed by its subject, but as one of America’s most prolific and successful songwriters, Burt Bacharach is able to have an entire two-disc set come out featuring his songs and only appear on it once… showing the versatility and talent that have made Bacharach a pop treasure.” –All Music [...]

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“Olsen expands in all directions, fully reaching the depth of expression hinted at on her last album while still lingering in the restlessness and searching feelings that make all of her work so captivating….The song’s multi-tracked vocals and pained melody get into different territory than anything else on the record, leaving the door open for [...]

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“The album isn’t so much a change of musical direction as it is a classy revisioning of Vega’s trademark sound….Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles is a welcome return by an artist who has remained stubbornly true to herself and only records when she has something new to say.” –All Music Guide [...]

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A Tribe Called Red: Nation II Nation

“This is a collection of ‘pow-wow step,’ a contemporary interpretation of pow-wow music, the party tunes of the indigenous peoples of North America, known collectively in Canada as the First Nation. Created by three statuesque First Nation DJs/producers – DJ NDN, DJ Shub and Bear Witness – pow-wow step takes the vocals and drums of pow-wow [...]

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Habibi: Habibi

“A cursory listen to Brooklyn indie act Habibi’s self-titled debut album would initially seem to suggest a straightforward punk approach to the classic girl group template….Far from naive but also completely lacking any of the jaded calculation of many of their peers, Habibi’s debut offers up a set of songs that swim in strangeness, beauty, [...]

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Little Mix: Salute

“The sophomore full-length album from Little Mix, 2013′s Salute, showcases the British all-girl group’s bright, high-energy pop music….Ultimately, while Salute retains all of Little Mix’s infectious, teen-friendly ingredients, it reveals a new recipe for fans whose palates have matured right along with the band.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Phantogram: Voices

“Voices is filled with catchy, emotion-packed songs that will sound great booming out of radio speakers, soundtracking late nights spent alone and wondering, and anytime some really powerful modern pop is needed.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Phosphorescent: Muchacho

“Muchacho has some of Houck’s best songwriting since his early days, seemingly tapped into the grainy pain, hard-living tendencies, and wandering muse of his subconscious, with the most listenable results Phosphorescent has produced in years.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Warpaint: Warpaint

“‘Undertow’ was one of the highlights from Warpaint’s debut album The Fool, and it still describes and defines their sneakily captivating approach and appeal. Their songs circle around themselves like smoke, creating a seductive haze….Expansive and enveloping at the same time, this set of songs puts Warpaint’s past and future in perfect balance — one [...]

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St. Vincent: St. Vincent

“Annie Clark began recording St. Vincent almost immediately after she finished touring in support of Love This Giant, her inspired collaboration with David Byrne. It’s not hard to hear the influence that album had on these songs; Love This Giant’s literal and figurative brassiness gave Clark’s witty yet thoughtful approach more sass without sacrificing any [...]

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Dum Dum Girls: Too True

“Dee Dee and her crew are determined to test the self-set boundaries of their sound, and even if it won’t always work the attempt will always be interesting. If they keep making records this emotionally powerful, hook-filled, and easy to listen to as this, their future is very, very dark and promising.” –All Music Guide [...]

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