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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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Jhené Aiko: Sail Out

“Having already made a big impression in 2013 with appearances on singles from Big Sean (‘Beware’) and Drake (‘From Time’), breathy R&B vocalist Jhené Aiko fleshes out her character on Sail Out, a relaxed debut EP that suggests that this girl is on permanent vacation. That’s not a negative, but a positive, as the singer [...]

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Samantha Crain: Kid Face

“That there’s a little too much misery on this third album from the 27-year-old Oklahoman doesn’t obscure a promising talent at work. The album’s bare-bones production is a break from Crain’s previous group work, and push her robust but vulnerable voice to the fore.” –The Guardian Check Our Catalog

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“For years, the easy point of comparison for Muse and their brand of driving rock was Radiohead, but as the trio has grown, it became clearer and clearer that the sound they were really striving for was something akin to the pure spectacle of Queen….[T]he enormity of their sound is best captured in the live [...]

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“Boogarins were in high school when they recorded their debut, and they spend its duration lightly teasing every record in their collections, reproducing it note-perfect faithfully while tweaking its nose….That they assembled an album that sounds this good while working in their parent’s basements says a lot about their talent. They have good taste in other people’s records, [...]

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“Crosby had a particular fondness for songs by Johnny Mercer, his friend and frequent collaborator, and he tracked 100 or so of them during his long career. This generous set collects 22 of these recordings on a single disc, including several previously unreleased radio performances, and fun duets with the Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong, and [...]

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“This wonderful archival Patti Page release is drawn from recording sessions Page did for Columbia Records between 1963 and 1969, but then never officially released….[I]t amounts to a fair amount of material, and a treasure trove at that. This is indeed a welcome addition to the Page legacy.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Phosphorescent: Muchacho

“Muchacho has some of [Matthew] 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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Yo La Tengo: Fade

“[F]luidity and cohesion is what drives the songs on Fade to stand stronger as a unified mood, and one that grows more satisfying with repeat listens. By this point, Yo La Tengo have developed not just a style, but a voice of their own so distinct that the deeper the details go determines how strong [...]

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Billy Bragg: Tooth & Nail

“The result is an album that Bragg says is a follow-up of sorts to his late Nineties collaboration with Wilco on unfinished Woody Guthrie songs, which resulted then in a pair of Mermaid Avenue albums and, last year, a new third volume to commemorate Guthrie’s 100th birthday. Fittingly, Tooth & Nail includes a version of [...]

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“The year is 1999, and hip-hop is alive and well. The Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck, along with fabled Bostonians 7L & Esoteric, stumbled upon a time machine, and instead of busting a cap in Hitler, hooking up with Marilyn Monroe, or, investing stock in Apple, they chose to return to the 1-9-9-9. And their warped, [...]

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