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Chris Brown & Tyga | Fan of A Fan the Album (RCA/Young Money/Cash Money)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Monday, 02 March 2015 12:45

brown_tyga_75Chris Brown and Tyga deliver exactly what their fans will expect: the lyrics are vulgar and the music is amazing.

 

Dogheart | What Burns the Best (RGMLR)

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Written by Vella Mour Monday, 02 March 2015 12:37

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What Burns the Best is the perfect background album for any activity. However, it might just be background music.

   

Mikaela Kahn | Milk and Honey (Hawk Cove Records)

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Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:51

milk_honey_75Bringing together such genres as pop, smoky jazz, and classic soul, Kahn creates a musical aura in many different shades.

 

Kate Pierson | Guitars and Microphones (Lazy Meadow/Kobalt)

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Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:33

guitars_mics_75Showcasing Kate's many musical talents (guitar, piano, percussion, and a “human theremin”), Guitars and Microphones is well produced and well performed.

   

Me Like Bees | Off Broadway, 2.27.15

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Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:23

me_bees_75This time around, the band are bringing to the stage a special acoustic performance.

 

Fifty Shades of Grey | Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Universal Studios/Republic)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:41

After assuming this album would be background music for a steamy night in with your partner, I was pleasantly surprised.

   

Ne-Yo | Non-Fiction (Motown)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:24

Compared to Ne-Yo’s pervious work, Non-Fiction is sub-par.

 

Radio Birds | Contemporary American Slang (Brash Music)

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Written by Marc Farr Friday, 20 February 2015 11:10

american_slang_75You’ll instantly be able to sing-along, as the melodies and rhythms grab you and hold on for all 11 tracks.

   

Sister Sin | Black Lotus (Victory Records)

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Written by Marc Farr Friday, 20 February 2015 10:56

black_lotus_75Every track on this album stands on its own merits.

 

Carl Barat and the Jackals | Let It Reign (Arcady / PIAS)

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Written by Vella Mour Friday, 20 February 2015 10:36

let_it_reign_75This album is drenched and appropriately named. Let It Reign is a blast from the past.

   

Erase Errata | Lost Weekend (Under the Sun)

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Written by Vella Mour Friday, 20 February 2015 10:30

lost_weekend_75Immediately reminiscent of Joy Division and other post-punk legends, this all-girl group brings an urgent edge back to today’s post-punk scene.

 

The Black Ryder | The Door Behind The Door (The Anti-Machine Machine)

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Written by Michael Koehler Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:37

As the listener, what you get is enjoyable and pleasing—it’s just all been heard before—and done better.

   

Belle & Sebastian | Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador)

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Written by Jim Ousley Tuesday, 17 February 2015 17:53

Belle & Sebastian find a way to move forward by keeping a watchful eye on the past, with their feet set squarely on the dance floor.

 

Jazmine Sullivan | Reality Show (RCA Records)

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Written by Ashley White Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:01

reality_show_75Vocally, lyrically, and spiritually, this album transcends the basic boundaries of simply revealing experiences she grows through.

   

Charlie Wilson | Forever Charlie (RCA)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Monday, 09 February 2015 16:37

From start to finish, every track is flawless—from the beat to the melody to the lyrics.

 

JJ Grey & Mofro | Ol’ Glory (Mascot Music)

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Written by Adam Robinson Friday, 06 February 2015 19:02

This is the best album to date by JJ Grey & Mofro. They will be playing at the Pageant on May 2.

 

 

   

Jessi Teich | Twisted Soul (Madame Freak)

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Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:40

cd jessi-teichBacked by an awesome jazz-oriented band, the material here is a breath of fresh air in a climate of electronic and synthesized music.

 

Belle & Sebastian | Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador)

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Written by Kiernan Scrima Wednesday, 04 February 2015 17:52

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When you skip past those dance songs, you end up with not such a bad album.

   

Until the Ribbon Breaks | A Lesson Unlearnt (Kobalt)

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Written by Kiernan Scrima Wednesday, 04 February 2015 17:47

Until_The_Ribbon_Breaks_75It’s a mellow, ethereal, downtempo album that can be enjoyed by fans of many different genres.

 

Ru-Paul’s Drag Race | 03.17.15

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 02 February 2015 15:17

RuPauls-Drag-Race 75Sequins will fly and a drape of Aqua Net will fill the air!

   

Saint Motel | Just My Type

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 30 January 2015 16:27

SM-EP-coverI like this band. A lot. And after interviewing singer/frontman A/J Jackson, I like him a lot, too.

 

D’Angelo & the Vanguard | Black Messiah (RCA)

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Written by Ashley White Friday, 30 January 2015 13:29

DAngeloandtheVanguard BlackMessiah_75_copy_copyWhat we have is an album that’s reminiscent of 90s soul, but nothing mind-blowingly spectacular.

 

   

Wu-Tang Clan | A Better Tomorrow (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Brett Berliner Thursday, 22 January 2015 23:25

wutang-better 75The Wu returns with a solid effort that often fails to get out of gear.

 

Crowned In Earth | Metempsychosis (Sonic Mermaid)

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Written by Nik Cameron Thursday, 22 January 2015 23:19

cd Crowned in EarthThe music is full of synergy and the vocals are as common as guitar solos on a KISS record.

   

Walk the Moon | Talking Is Hard (RCA)

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Written by Bruce Matlock Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:13

cd walk-the-moonThe band is propelling itself to a sold-out tour on the strength of first single “Shut Up and Dance.”

 

this mountain | Still Waters (s/r)

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Written by Adam Robinson Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:10

cd StillwatersThis is the best folk-rock band you’ve never heard of.

   

The Devil Makes Three | 01.22.15

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Written by Kyle Green Wednesday, 21 January 2015 21:07

prev Devil-Makes-Three_smI would say we have so many influences mixing in our brains that what comes out can be hard to classify.

 

Summer Music Festival Preview 2015

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Written by Bruce Matlock Thursday, 15 January 2015 21:41

It's time to think about warm weather, cold beer, and great music.

   

Sugar Candy Mountain | Mystic Hits (Royal Oakie)

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Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:21

cd sugar-candyThis album could speak novels…if the band only knew what it wanted to say.

 

Marilyn Manson | The Pale Emperor (Hell, Etc.)

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Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:19

prev manson_75Without all of the synths and oddities, the material here is less dramatic and more honest.

   

Nick Jonas | s/t (Island)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:52

nickjonas 75No longer a kid wearing a purity ring, Nick Jonas reinvents himself with his self-titled album.

 

California X | Nights in the Dark (Don Giovanni Records)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 14 January 2015 23:48

californiax 75Nights in the Dark is a perfect balance of hard rock and smooth ballads, capturing a myriad of emotion and displaying awesome guitar solos.

   

G-Eazy | The Pageant, 01.07.15

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Written by Alexy Irving Thursday, 01 January 2015 17:18

prev g-eazyThe energy levels and excitement from the crowd were so heightened, I turned into a fan.

 

Marilyn Manson | Rise of the Pale Emperor

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 29 December 2014 12:31

prev manson_75Musically, he is in a place he has never visited before, and, quite frankly, it becomes him.

   

Tuxedo | s/t (Stones Throw)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:15

cd tuxedoTuxedo transforms listeners to a simpler era of music, and has the potential to reach a wide audience.

 

Milo Greene | Control (Elektra)

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Written by Samantha LaBat Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:12

cd milo-greeneControl sounds like a major motion picture soundtrack, but does not need the motion picture to accompany it.

   

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