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Category Archive for 'Rock/Pop'

Los Campesinos!: No Blues

“When Los Campesinos! burst onto the indie scene in the late 2000s, they were a rambunctious (more or less) half-male/half-female crew who madly ran through their songs like they were chasing rainbow-puking unicorns. The results, like the song ‘You! Me! Dancing!,’ or the album Hold on Now, Youngster…, were wild, unpredictable, and the best kind [...]

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Danny Brown: Old

“[W]hile Old often seems like a hip-hop kaleidoscope exploding across the speakers, it’s also crafted and paced, split down the middle like a great LP with a sure start and a freeing finish. If XXX was the come-up and the ‘Grown Up’ single was the breakthrough, this is the masterpiece.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Dave Hause: Devour

“Former Loved Ones frontman/guitarist Dave Hause drops his second solo set with the help of friends from Frightened Rabbit, My Morning Jacket, and Social Distortion….Devour is fully electric, beautifully played, and driven by often anthemic melodies and dynamics that recall Bruce Springsteen circa The River, but infused with the spirit of 21st century punk.” –All [...]

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Jellyfish: Radio Jellyfish

“Fans fearing that the Jellyfish well has run dry can rest assured that the kind folks at Omnivore have their backs….[T]he label lives up to its promise of releasing music ‘for the fan with an insatiable appetite for everything good’ with the self-explanatory Radio Jellyfish: Live Radio Broadcasts 1993….Live Radio Broadcasts is geared toward hardcore [...]

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“This time around, Hendrix is his chief influence, as evidenced by the roaring title track, and he does expand that with his traditional Lennon, Curtis Mayfield, and Prince obsessions. Song for song, it’s his most consistent album….” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Russian Circles: Memorial

“With their fifth album, the aptly titled Memorial, Chicago instrumentalists Russian Circles craft an album that fully, and mostly wordlessly, explores this idea of a specific, controlled space where one is supposed to let their feelings run wild….Memorial… makes for an album that’s not only satisfying, but one of the band’s strongest works to date.” [...]

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Sly And The Family Stone: Higher!

“These are grace notes to the band’s enormous legacy, a legacy that is clearly on display throughout Higher!, whether it’s heard on exuberant hits that are pop staples to this day, rhythms that were heavily sampled during the golden age of hip-hop, or a vibrant blurring of boundaries that still sounds visionary. It’s that depth [...]

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Icona Pop: This Is…Icona Pop

“Icona Pop struck gold with ‘I Love It,’ a single with so much staying power that it took almost two years to reach saturation on the airwaves and charts. The song’s slow ascent allowed Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt the time they needed to craft an album with a similar mix of instant impact and [...]

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“Swapping out the sonic and mental clutter for a host of centered, unconfused rock tunes is a curveball move, for sure, but the end product is the most memorable, lasting, and relatable albums in Of Montreal’s extensive catalog, and easily one of the best.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Bastille: Bad Blood

“Bad Blood is a solid, polished debut that fans of acts like Snow Patrol (who don’t mind more electronics in the mix) might appreciate more than synth-pop aficionados.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Utilizing a fuller, slicker production than on Get Young, Golden Rules for Golden People finds the Boston group refining its angular sound with pop polish….There’s a lot to wrap your head around and enjoy with Golden Rules for Golden People. It’s a grower, and a long cry from a sign that the trio’s selling out, [...]

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John Grant: Pale Green Ghosts

“Grant’s huge, expressive, and oddly comforting voice acts as a sedative, turning even the saddest, raunchiest, and most uncomfortable turn of phrase into a caress.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Not so much an expansion of 1972′s classic double-live album Rock of Ages, but an exhaustive tribute to its source material… Live at the Academy of Music 1971 digs deep into the Band’s year-end four-night stint at New York City’s Academy of Music…. Although this box is not perfect — it’s hard not to wish [...]

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Jennifer Nettles: That Girl

“That Girl is Jennifer Nettles’ first solo record since she co-founded pop-country’s superstar act Sugarland. Produced by Rick Rubin, it’s mostly a collection of originals, co-written with some of the music industry’s most successful songwriters….That Girl was obviously designed to showcase her diversity as a vocalist and songwriter, and to cross over to a pop [...]

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Hanni El Khatib: Head In The Dirt

“Building off of the sound of his reckless and grimy debut, Hanni El Khatib returns with a somewhat more polished sound for his sophomore effort, Head in the Dirt….[F]or all of its weirdness, this album feels more like a pop record than his debut, and… it feels a lot more put together, bearing a lot [...]

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“Parmalee is a tight-knit band consisting of brothers… and childhood friend… all of whom grew up together near Greenville, North Carolina, and what they play is rock, full of big drums and slashing, fuzzy electric guitar runs, overlaid with country vocals and themes, a hybrid that both contemporary country and rock/pop stations are undoubtedly happy [...]

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“On Beautiful Africa, Malian songwriter and guitar slinger Rokia Traoré unleashes the fiery rocker she’s been nurturing since her teens….While Beautiful Africa is her most ‘commercial’ recording — as in, friendly to Western audiences — it nonetheless follows directly the explorations her music has articulated from the beginning. It feels like a natural step, consequently [...]

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Laura Mvula: Sing To The Moon

“It’s rooted in decades-old forms of gospel, jazz, R&B, and, most deeply, orchestral pop. Almost all of the material is as serious and as refined as it is majestic, with vocal showcases and hushed-belted-hushed-belted dynamics galore….Sing to the Moon marks the arrival of a unique and major talent — one with a commanding voice seemingly [...]

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Speedy Ortiz: Major Arcana

“Sounding like they were forged in the early to mid-’90s — when Throwing Muses and Sleater-Kinney were all the rage — Speedy Ortiz’s 2013 debut album, Major Arcana, finds the four-piece influenced by the raw, slanted guitar-driven indie rock of the ’90s….Many listeners may find themselves drawn in by the authentic retro indie style and [...]

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