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The Staves If I Was Review

The Staves’ ‘If I Was’ – Album Review

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The trio of sisters known as The Staves first made a splash stateside with their stunning harmonies and tender acoustic-folk tunes. Their first couple EP’s were stunning, both in lyrics and melody, but…


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Laura Marling’s “Short Movie” – Album Review

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At first, it seems Laura Marling hasn’t really changed since debuting in 2008 as the princess of English neo-folk. “Warrior,” the premier track on her fifth and latest album, Short Movie, offers that…


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Purity Ring’s ‘another eternity’ – Album Review

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Purity Ring’s Shrines was one of the best albums of 2012 and was enough to make this author deem them the “musical rookie of the year”. It so thoroughly impressed that at the…


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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ ‘Chasi...

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Before you’ve even heard this album, you no doubt have a strong opinion on the music and other aspects of Noel Gallagher. Perhaps you’re an Oasis fan that’s stuck with him all the…


Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD's 'Sour Soul' review

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD’s ‘Sour So...

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Everything about this album makes so much sense. It may not seem like it at first when you’re told it’s a college jazz trio backing rap royalty Ghostface Killah, but like the Theloniuos…


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Sonny and the Sunsets’ Talent Night at the Ashram R...

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Amidst the exodus of the San Francisco’s once-vibrant garage rock scene, Sonny and the Sunsets have stayed behind to brave the fog (and rising rent prices). For the past half-decade, the group has…


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Father John Misty’s ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ – Album Review

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Indie sex god, Laurel Canyon mystic, hipster charlatan, Randy Newman-on-ayahuasca­ — all are fitting descriptors for the artist known as Father John Misty. This was not always the case, however, for the former…


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Title Fight’s ‘Hyperview’ – Album Review

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Title Fight’s new album, Hyperview, is like an unopened book you’re holding at the bookstore. You’ve read the back of cover and think, “Ohh! A punk band from Pittsburgh, this should be loud…


The Punch Brothers The Phosphorescent Blues Review

Punch Brothers’ ‘The Phosphorescent Blues’ – Album Review

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Leave it to a bluegrass band to offer such an apt meditation on the modern condition. Anyone familiar with the Punch Brothers, however, knows the group’s artistic aims lie far higher than your…


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A Gonzo Reaction to Joey Bada$$’s New Album ‘B4.DA.$$’

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I first discovered Joey Bada$$ during the BET Cypher, Man With the Iron Fist. I was into A$AP and Bino Boy, and then heard Mr. Bada$$ just go ahead and rip some shit…


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Björk’s ‘Vulnicura’ – Album Review

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When’s the last time you heard music that was so potent with truth and terrible, gut-wrenching beauty that it broke your heart? That’s far too long. Björk’s Vulnicura is here to shatter it in…


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Marilyn Manson’s ‘The Pale Emperor’ – Album Review

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Even the blackest of souls can claw their way out of the depths of hell for a shot at redemption. For shock rocker Marilyn Manson that’s no small feat, but on The Pale…