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Midian | Midian EP (AOL Music)

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Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 05 February 2013 21:49

Midian.170x170-75It’s easy to see that Midian appreciates the craft of being an artist and knows the sound she wants for herself.

 

dada | Their Light Is Anything but Dim

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 05 February 2013 21:26

prof dada_75“When you’re starting out and you’re just a kid, 20 years seems like an impossibly long time.”

   

Kevin Renick | Under the Wishing Tree (s/r)

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Written by janet m Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:38

wishingtreeThere’s an air of serenity that surrounds the entire album.

 

Matt Pond | Falling Off a Cliff…Happily

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Written by Janet Rhoads Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:16

mattpond13 sqJanet Rhoads caught Matt Pond when his solo album dropped in March; now it’s your turn to catch him at Firebird July 1.

   

Kishi Bashi | One Time, One Meeting

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Written by Janet Rhoads Thursday, 31 January 2013 20:51

kishibashi 75It’s just one album in your lengthy career, but it is important to just keep releasing material.

 

Adam Ant | Adam Ant the Blueblack Hussar Is Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter (Blueblack Hussar)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 31 January 2013 18:20

cd adam-ant_75I’m incredibly happy—for you and me both—that you’re making music again, and that Blueblack Hussar is as good as it is.

   

Oliver | Mechanical EP (Fool’s Gold)

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Written by Brian Cheli Saturday, 26 January 2013 12:42

oliver 75When the light turns green, you don’t blast down the road, because you’re just chill as shit right now.

 

Dropkick Murphys | Signed and Sealed in Blood (Born & Bred)

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Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:00

dropkick-murphys-signed-and-sealed-in-bloodI can only hope that my wake will be this festive.

   

The Indians | Somewhere Else (4AD)

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Written by David Von Nordheim Sunday, 20 January 2013 15:25

cd indiansSomewhere Else is simply a serviceable patch of electronic wallpaper, lacking anything original or interesting in its production, compositions, or subject matter.

 

Patti LuPone | Far Away Places: Live at 54 BELOW (Broadway)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:55

lupone 54belowIf you’re a Patti LuPone fan, or if you just appreciate great singing, you need this album.

   

Free Energy | Love Sign (Free People)

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Written by Mike Koehler Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:13

Free-Energy-Love-Sign-125x125This is an album about fun, summer, good times with your friends, and girls.

 

Bloc Party | Four Men, One Stage, Many Fans

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Written by Brett Berliner Wednesday, 16 January 2013 15:16

prof blocparty-75Although it can differ in the reaction for some songs, I think there's a core thing that happens that we're fairly familiar with.

   

Willy Mason | Don’t Stop Now (Communion)

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Written by Mandy Jordan Tuesday, 15 January 2013 22:11

willymason cant_75Like any respectable music nerd, I bought his debut full-length album at the merch table after the show and played it on repeat for the better part of three weeks.

 

The Walkmen | Bigger and Buzzier

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Written by Brett Berliner Tuesday, 15 January 2013 21:46

thewalkmen 75They’ve spent time in England and Spain, and even visited the titular Lisbon for a show.

   

V/A | West of Memphis: Voices for Justice (Legacy)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 13 January 2013 21:16

WOM 500The highest praise I can offer for this album is this: It does justice to its cause.

 

Jenny O. | Automechanic (Holy Trinity)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:28

cd jenny oListening to the record makes me think of the ’70s, of the singers who had decent voices but managed to get more attention because of how they used them.

   

Bettie Serveert | Oh, Mayhem! (Palomine)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:25

cd betty serveertThe Dutch group manages to keep an American appeal over time and deserves more than a quick glance or overlook

 

Yo La Tengo | Fade (Matador)

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Written by David Von Nordheim Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:22

cd yo-la-tengoWith Fade, Yo La Tengo’s vision only grows brighter

   

ON AN ON | Things Can Always Get Heavy

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Written by David Von Nordheim Thursday, 10 January 2013 14:18

prof on-an-on_smWe’ve done a lot of touring, and with ON AN ON we’re pretty fresh, so it’s definitely the most fun thing we’ve been able to do.

 

 

Revisiting Christmas | Three CD Reviews

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 17 December 2012 14:44

Christmas With_The_Rat_Pack-1-200-200-100-cropIf you’re a fan of the Rat Pack vocalists and the period and don’t already have a Christmas album by them, this one is a fine choice.

   

Art Garfunkel | The Singer (Sony Legacy)

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Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 07 December 2012 14:42

garfunkel thesingerThe crown jewel in this collection is the disc-two track "I Wonder Why," a duet with the late, great Kenny Rankin.

 

Communist Daughter | 12.13.12

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Written by Janet Rhoads Friday, 07 December 2012 14:38

prev communist-daughterI may have to restrain myself from rushing the stage and hugging them for making such good music.

   

We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash (Legacy, NR)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 02 December 2012 11:05

dvd walk-the-lineAn all-star crew of musicians throw Cash the kind of party you know he would have appreciated.

 

Stevie Jackson | (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson (Banchory Recordings)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 30 November 2012 16:37

Best known as “the other songwriter” in Belle & Sebastian and the lead guitarist for the recently reunited Vaselines, Stevie Jackson finally claims the spotlight with his first solo album.

   

Mission of Burma | Unsound (Fire Records)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 30 November 2012 09:36

Does all of this experimentation sound off-putting? You’d think so, wouldn’t you? And yet, oddly, it isn’t.

 

 

Doug Stanhope| Before Turning the Gun on Himself (Roadrunner)

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Written by Jason Neubauer Monday, 26 November 2012 09:28

stanhope sqPerhaps his self-proclaimed apathy these days is what allows his humor to be so honest.

   

Kelly Clarkson | Greatest Hits, Chapter One (RCA)

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Written by Jim Campbell Monday, 26 November 2012 08:46

kelly sqThey say you never forget your first. Kelly Clarkson was the first person to win American Idol way back in 2002, and is still as fresh and relevant as she was then.

 

Yowie | Damning with Faint Praise (Skin Graft)

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Written by Brian Cheli Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:34

yowie damningThis St. Louis trio come together and work as one sporadic, yet deceivingly well-oiled machine.

   

Paul Simon | Live in New York City (Hear Music/Concord Music Group)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:27

paulsimon livenycHe’s completely at home on stage and looks like he’s ready to continue performing for another 40 years or so.

 

Autumn Owls | Between Buildings, Toward the Sea (PledgeMusic)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 15 November 2012 20:49

cd autumn-owlsGary McFarlane's voice is yearning, understated, and wholly captivating, the music continually making sharp jabs and jags.

   

The Babies | Our House on the Hill (Woodsist)

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Written by Alex Hodschayan Sunday, 11 November 2012 21:09

cd babiesThe album might not be anything particularly new or overly creative, but it is a really solid example of what indie rock is and should be.

 

Frightened Rabbit | State Hospital EP (Canvasback/Atlantic)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:28

cd frightened rabbit-epDespite its brevity, the EP delivers a walloping reminder of why this band deserves to be at the top of playlists everywhere.

   

Noah Sias | We Say Goodnight to the Restless Mind

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Written by Joshua Vise Sunday, 04 November 2012 17:41

Noah-Sias-2How you interact defines your integrity over time.

 

Nina Sky | More than Reggaeton Duo

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Written by Kristyn Potter Sunday, 04 November 2012 17:26

nicnat 75It’s amazing to have had that success but we’re not trying to re-create what happened with “Move Your Body.”

   

Morning Parade | s/t (Astralwerks/EMI)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 November 2012 19:57

morningparade 75It’s everything you want it to be: beautiful, upbeat, reflective, and rollicking—but in an indie rock sort of way.

 

Placebo | B3 (UMe)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 02 November 2012 19:50

placebo-b3ep-300x300It is here where Stefan Olsdal really shines, reminding us why he deserves a place among guitar’s elite.

   

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