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Monthly Archive for June, 2015

Dayna Kurtz: Rise and Fall

“Dayna Kurtz is a welcome addition to the New Orleans music scene. She’s a singer/songwriter with the forthrightness of a farm girl and the wiles of a New York cabaret veteran, a superb vocalist and a deft painter of emotions with simple, effective strokes. When she moved to New Orleans in 2012 she’d already built […]

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Rixton: Let the Road

“Caught in an awkward place between the dance-rock cool of Ireland’s Two-Door Cinema Club and the earnest over-production of forgotten ’90s English boy band BBMak, Rixton are at their best when they’re being delightful or ridiculous, as the moments in between can be a bit boring. Produced by Benny Blanco, Robopop, Rob Golan, and Steve […]

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“The album’s title comes from the final movement of The Four Quarters, a work depicting parts of the day that was commissioned for the Emerson String Quartet, but here receives its world-premiere recording. Despite the rather chilly church acoustic, this is a fine pick for collectors of contemporary chamber music in the classic media.” -allmusic.com […]

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Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly

“Survivor’s guilt, realizing one’s destiny, and a Snoop Dogg performance of Doggystyle caliber are woven among it all; plus, highlights offer that Parliament-Funkadelic-styled subversion, as ‘The Blacker the Berry’ (‘The sweeter the juice’) offers revolutionary slogans and dips for the hip. Free your mind, and your ass will follow, and at the end of this […]

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Ludacris: Ludaversal

“Hip-hop has a towering pile of ‘the game needs me’ albums where an artist returns to stake their claim, but Ludaversal still feels fresh, alive, and needed, and maybe just because it comes from the unique voice that is Ludacris.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure

“Caught halfway between a back-to-basics move along the lines of TWGMTR and a star-studded extravaganza, No Pier Pressure certainly doesn’t have much to do with the high art that’s marked Wilson’s new millennium; there’s nary an echo of the SMiLE revival or the Van Dyke Parks collaboration That Lucky Old Sun. This is all sand, […]

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Natalie Prass: Natalie Prass

“Whenever the album floats upon its orchestrations or sighs along with its rich swaths of brass, there’s a lightness to Natalie Prass, a lightness that also reflects in songs that are sweetly melancholic, not sad. So enveloping is the sound that it can sometimes be easy to overlook Prass’ songs, which are as exquisitely crafted […]

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Mumford & Sons: Wilder Mind

“Often, the persistent, moody murmur recalls a diluted Kings of Leon, a comparison that can’t help but underscore how Mumford & Sons have made the journey from retro throwback to glistening modern construction. Where once they carved their music out of reclaimed wood, they’re now all steel and glass — a bit sleeker but also […]

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“…a record built on the detritus of the last four decades of consumer culture. Songs are anchored on samples of Suzanne Vega (‘Centuries’) or, better still, a bizarre appropriation of The Munsters theme (the wild, careening ‘Uma Thurman,’ where the Halloween surfer-swing attempts to replicate the sexy menace of Pulp Fiction), but these are essentially […]

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“There are no frills here but there is a distinct, compelling voice evident in Barnett’s songs and music alike. That’s what makes Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. so invigorating: it may have roots — perhaps even some inadvertent ones — but it’s music that lives thoroughly in the moment.” -allmusic.com […]

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