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Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Little Boots: Hands

Check Our Catalog “For an album with crowded electro-pop instrumentation, the music isn’t overbearing, and Little Boots’ cheeky lyrics never lose any of their dry attitude.”–Billboard.com

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She & Him: Volume Two

Check Our Catalog “Like the previous album, Volume 2 would suffer under the weight of its own pastiche if it weren’t so darn endearing, filled as it is with call-and-response vocals, studio reverb, sweeping orchestrations, and other bygone tricks of the trade.”–All Music Guide

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7 Worlds Collide: The Sun Came Out

Check Our Catalog Neil Finn gathers members of Radiohead, The Smiths, and Wilco amongst many others for a two-disc album to benefit Oxfam. “Charitable largesse aside, it’s a must-have for fans of anyone involved.”–Mojo

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Check Our Catalog Join vocalist Lisa Yves with pianist Richard Rancatore and friends for a live concert of jazz standards from the 1930s. Songs include “On the Sunny Side of the Street”, “Anything Goes”, “A Fine Romance/Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, and [...]

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Check Our Catalog Boogie with Boston Road, a bluegrass band that plays a lively mix of rhythm & groove music from traditional to new-timey bluegrass, at a live performance recorded at the Thomas Crane Public Library on July 13, 2008 by Quincy Access Television.

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Check Our Catalog “This concert CD/DVD does a great job 
of highlighting both sides of The White Stripes’ carefully controlled public persona…If Under the Great White Northern Lights is their last hurrah, it’s one hell of a goodbye.”–Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “Revealed through interviews in 2005, Sasha was said to be Beyoncé’s “stage persona,” an embodiment of the outgoing, aggressive, on-stage Beyoncé that doesn’t necessarily represent the real Beyoncé…and is granted half an album to express herself.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “DeVaughn did not mess around when it came to recording a set befitting a title as grand as The Love & War MasterPeace…one of the most grippingly conscious major-label R&B albums of the last 30 years.”–All Music Guide

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Gretchen Parlato: In a Dream

Check Our Catalog “Gretchen Parlato is a rising star in vocal jazz circles…Her singing is pure sterling silver, accented with just a hint of ethnic shadings and a big helping of modern style.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Hello Hurricane is almost devoid of surprises and offers exactly what the people want: an assemblage of straight-ahead rock anthems. Switchfoot appears to have found its footing — Hello Hurricane is by far the San Diego rockers’ most natural, effortless outing to date.” –All Music Guide

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Historicity

Check Our Catalog “Vijay Iyer has mad skills…There’s no other single player who sounds even remotely like him, few who can match his inventive and whimsical sense of play or seriousness, and absolutely nobody who presents the stunning, highly intelligent music he dishes out. He’s also maturing at a rapid rate, while at the height [...]

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Allison Moorer: Crows

Check Our Catalog “Crows opts for a mostly stripped-down acoustic sound that provides the perfect setting for Moorer’s marvelous, R&B-inflected voice. With the compositions…alternating in tone between hopeful and foreboding, Moorer explores themes of regret, loss and new beginnings with a deft hand and some of the best singing of her career.”–Billboard

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Kris Allen: Kris Allen

Check Our Catalog “A polite mix of soft rock with hints of boundary jumping…sweetly executed and produced.”–Boston Globe

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Stile Antico: Song of Songs

Check Our Catalog “The members of the British vocal ensemble Stile Antico…have an exceptionally pure and youthful sound. The group works without a conductor, and the sensitivity and attention that that demands of each member pays off beautifully in these performances, where they seem to operate as a single organic entity.”–

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Yeasayer: Odd Blood

Check Our Catalog “And from a cocoon of hazy psych-folk comes…a masterful mash-up of ’80s synth pop and tribal-beat tickles? Brooklyn’s Yeasayer are going to need more hyphens. So, two exciting questions: Where did this come from, and what’s coming next?”–Spin

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Check Our Catalog “Hot Chip look more likely than any of their peers to ascend one day to the intellectual electro-pop heights of Pet Shop Boys or Scritti Politti. Fuller than usual of slow songs and piano ballads, One Life Stand is their mellowest, most thoughtful effort so far — which means it carries the [...]

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Elvis Presley: ELVIS 75

Check Our Catalog To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Aaron Presley, ELVIS 75 collects 25 unforgettable songs spanning the breadth of his monumental, rags-to-riches career.

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Check Our Catalog “This sequel may have little to do with the original, but if the title helps to point out this is the Shaolin poet’s best work since 1995′s Pt. 1, then so be it.”–All Music Guide

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Slaughterhouse: Slaughterhouse

Check Our Catalog “Slaughterhouse’s new album is relentlessly lyrical, which is the point. Equally talented and underrated, Royce, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, and Joe Budden came together and instantly created a situation where the sum was greater than the individual parts.”–Boston Globe

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Andrew Bird: Noble Beast

Check Our Catalog “Bird and his 10 collaborators use sound the way the impressionists daubed paint, layering elegiac violin melodies with pattering plucked notes, fuzzy or jangly guitar, clip-clop percussion, clicks and drones to create music that might be straightforwardly folky, brightly poppy or more experimental, but is always vivid and engaging.”–The Guardian

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