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Monthly Archive for March, 2012

Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin’

“Like The Way I See It, this is a big production. Saadiq plays the majority of the drums, guitars, and keyboards, but he is joined by dozens of string and horn players and a handful of crucial collaborators…The album does not merely transcend period-piece status. It’s the high point of Saadiq’s career.”–All Music Guide Check [...]

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“Toro y Moi’s debut record, Causers of This, fit firmly in the newly formed chillwave tradition. [This second album] is a shiny, dreamy affair that retains all the hooks and feel of the first album but adds some energy and pop immediacy. Underneath the Pine is an improvement in every way on Causers of This, [...]

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In five short years, beginning at the age of 23, Roy Orbison recorded some of the most influential American music ever made. Hits like “Only The Lonely,” “Running Scared,” “Crying,” “In Dreams,” “It’s Over,” and “Oh, Pretty Woman,” took Fred Foster’s fledgling Monument Records and transformed it into one of the most powerful labels in [...]

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“Eleven Eleven…reaffirms [Alvin's] status as one of the best and most distinctive American songwriters alive. There are few artists who can match Alvin’s gift for creating vivid characters and bringing their lives to life through music, and Eleven Eleven finds him near the top of his game as a tunesmith, while also showing off his [...]

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The Feelies: Here Before

“One play confirms Here Before is excellent, an album that finds the band seemingly picking up where it left off and sounding as committed and invigorating as ever, reveling in the beauty and power of rhythm guitars and cracking percussion.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Wild Flag: Wild Flag

“This meeting of Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, Helium’s Mary Timony, and the Minders, Rebecca Cole came with high expectations, and on their self-titled debut, Wild Flag not only lives up to them, but challenges them, too. Women haven’t rocked out like this since the ‘90s heyday of the members’ previous bands, and nearly [...]

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“In an era when bluster and overkill are the order of the day in both country and blues, Queen of the Minor Key is a reminder that this music at its best speaks to the wayward impulses of the human heart, and Eilen Jewell embodies that quiet, insistent voice as well as anyone making music [...]

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“Here We Rest may not be beer-drinking music, at least not in the same way the Drive-By Truckers albums are beer-drinking music, but it’s as sharply literate as some of Patterson Hood’s best work — and listeners who focus on Isbell’s lyrics may find themselves weeping into their whiskeys as early as the second track.”–All [...]

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