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Chris Brown | FORTUNE (RCA Records)

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Written by Ashley White Monday, 09 July 2012 21:33

Chris-Brown-FortuneInstead of channeling that damning time into a work of art, he’s using it to self-destruct.

 

Ours | Preserving a Pure Human Moment

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Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 09 July 2012 21:14

prof ours-75People often miss my true influences, like Elvis, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and k.d. lang.

   

Bad Veins | The Mess They Made

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 06 July 2012 20:32

badveins sqI can’t have anyone near when I write; it seems like too vulnerable of a process.

 

Blake Mills | The Go-To Guy

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Written by Jim Ousley Thursday, 05 July 2012 17:57

blakemills sqProducer Rick Rubin has Mills on speed dial.

   

Elvis Presley | I Am An Elvis Fan (RCA Legacy)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 05 July 2012 16:58

elvis fanAll the tracks have been released before, so this is basically a greatest-hits album with an unusual selection process.

 

Dar Williams | In the Time of Gods (Razor & Tie)

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Written by Jason Green Friday, 22 June 2012 15:22

It’s an idea that sounds almost fatally pretentious on its face, but the resulting album thankfully offers up tales of Greek gods and goddesses as subtle flavoring to spice up her trademark folk-pop rather than as the main course.

   

Best Coast | The Only Place (Mexican Summer)

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Written by Mike Rengel Monday, 04 June 2012 21:22

best-coast-the-only-placeWhile a lot of these songs do sound like they could soundtrack ads for Cosentino’s newfound alliance with Urban Outfitters (and the record does sound fashionable), it’s certainly not product.

 

Adam Lambert | Trespassing (Sony)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:59

lambert tresspassingThis goes far, far beyond guilty pleasure.

   

David Sylvian | A Victim of Stars: 1982-2012 (EMI)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 31 May 2012 17:55

cd david-sylvianThe eight-minute-long “The Banality of Evil” is a pristine example of David Sylvian’s laudable vocal and songwriting capabilities.

 

Ben Kweller | Go Fly a Kite (The Noise Company)

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:54

kweller goflyWhere Go Fly a Kite excels is in its craft: the way verses and choruses brush up against each other in just the right way, the way not a single note feels wasted or out of place, the way Kweller can repeat a refrain just often enough to drill it into your subconscious without tipping over into obnoxiousness.

   

Rob Zombie | Rock ’n’ Roll and Bug Commercials

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 16 May 2012 22:11

zombie2012 sqAfter writing and directing his next film The Lords of Salem, Zombie headed out for a co-headlining tour with Megadeth that kicked off in New Jersey on May 11.

 

Jason Mraz | Love Is a Four Letter Word (Atlantic)

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Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 01 May 2012 21:24

 

jason mrazEach of us is entitled to that one person who is willing to let us explore the world and find ourselves.

   

Cappadonna | Still Holdin’ On

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Written by Alex Schreiber Saturday, 28 April 2012 07:56

cappadonna-the-pilgrimageHis ability to sound like he’s singing a rap song when answering my questions is somewhat of a feat.

 

Monica | New Life (RCA)

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Written by Ashley White Thursday, 19 April 2012 20:49

220px-Monica New Life DeluxeShe effortlessly goes back to her R&B roots to pen a heartfelt, mature album about ending one thing to begin anew, fresh.

   

Cursive | Tim Kasher Wants to Rock

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Written by Jenn Metzler Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:13

“Tim Kasher is good enough that he can just sit down and create an environment in which to inspire himself.”

 

Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s | Rot Gut, Domestic (Mariel Recording Co.)

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Written by Alex Schreiber Thursday, 29 March 2012 21:44

rotgut margotThe less cheeky and grittier sound hits right from the start, with a big wall of sound.

   

Now, Now | Threads (Trans-Records)

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Written by Tyler Cigard Thursday, 29 March 2012 21:40

cd now-nowOn Threads, Now, Now have a much more refined sound and show their age well.

 

Ben Kweller | Humble Texan

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Written by Jenn Metzler Monday, 26 March 2012 00:18

 “My approach to music and appreciation for it has remained the same no matter where I am.”

   

Delta Spirit | Success Is Progressive

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Thursday, 22 March 2012 21:08

prof delta-spirit_75“This album has been the funnest thing to make and be a part of.”

 

Japan Nite US Tour | 03.16-22.12

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Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 13 March 2012 20:16

A preview of this year's edition of SXSW's annual spotlight on Japan's best and brightest bands.

 

   

Bryan Scary | Daffy’s Elixir (Paper Garden)

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Written by Dean Asher Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:02

cd bryan-scarySome tracks feel like they float out from behind a saloon’s swinging doors into the dusty night.

 

 

Cataldo | Precocious Situations

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 02 March 2012 17:49

"Whatever subtle musical thing you worked on doesn’t translate when you’re a solo act, but a refined rock act is a mighty thing that you can’t ignore."

   

The White Rabbits | Letting Go and Grabbing Hold

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Written by Kyle Green Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:21

prof white-rabbits sm-textI asked Stephen to describe the way they are recreating live the very sonic and layered sounds from the album. He told me simply that it is a “secret.”

 

The Rainmakers | Preview: 03.09.12

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Written by Michele Ulsohn Thursday, 01 March 2012 11:08

prev rainmakers 75Writer Stephen King became a fan and even quoted Rainmakers’ lyrics in two of his novels.

   

EMA, Mickey and Mallory

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Written by Alex Schreiber Thursday, 01 March 2012 10:47

Don’t let the six foot beauty’s relentlessly personal music unnerve you: She’s actually quite hilarious, which you will see in this interview and hear in her music.

 

The Mary Onettes | Love Forever EP (Labrador)

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Written by Mike Rengel Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:49

 

cd mary-onettes_love-foreveThis is a band that might cloak themselves in bedsit miserablism and Nordic chill and imagery, but mostly they just want to forge a deeper connection

   

V/A | Minnesota Beatles Project vol. 3 (Pretty Good Goods)

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Written by Tony Van Zeyl Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:45

cd minn-beatlesHalf of the album is packed with highly entertaining and original takes on Beatles tunes.

 

 

iLLPHONiCS | Reality Check EP (s/r)

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Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 28 February 2012 13:41

cd illphonics“Sound: Check” created the perfect balance for all of the instruments from the keyboard to the bass and guitar to the drums, so rightly appropriate for the closing of this EP.

   

Griffin House | Live to be Free

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Tuesday, 21 February 2012 00:05

prof griffin-house_75"I feel like I'm done hiding out."

 

Underworld | 1992-2012 (The Anthology); A Collection (COOFC)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 17 February 2012 14:14

 

cd underworld_75The British house-trance-techno duo is gracing our speakers yet again with not one but two career retrospectives, released concurrently.

   

Matthew Good | Have Guitar, Will Travel

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 17 February 2012 14:11

 

prev matt-good_smThis tour features just Good and his guitar, but his brilliance is visible in any form.

 

MUTEMATH | Souls in Focus

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 17 February 2012 14:00

 

prof mutemath_smI have this sort of picture what’s going on in the show. I want the sound, the look to be what’s in our imagination at the time.

   

Michael Kiwanuka | Home Again (Cherrytree/Interscope)

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Written by Ashley White Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:22

 

cd Michael-KiwanukaI want more than soulful vocals over acoustic instruments.

 

Gary Numan | Dead Son Rising (RED Distribution)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 10 February 2012 17:12

cd gary-numan“The Fall” could easily be a single on alternative radio today; drawing NIN comparisons, it’s a strong display of Numan’s still-apparent talents.

   

Mike Doughty | The Question Jar (Snack Bar/Megaforce)

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Written by Jenn Metzler Friday, 10 February 2012 13:02

 

cd Mike-DoughtyWhile it may be easy to toss aside an album upon hearing that it’s “just some guy playing an acoustic guitar,” this is Mike Doughty.

 

The Dustbowl Revival | Holy Ghost Station (s/r)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 10 February 2012 13:00

 

cd dustbowl-revivalThey make good use of a wide range of instruments so that each song has a distinctively different sound.

   

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