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Calexico: Edge of the Sun

by Bill Murphy on April 24, 2015
Sometimes a revolving door of talented friends can kill an album; for Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino, it just makes for compelling music. The border-town outlaw mood that underpins...

Betty LaVette: Child of the Seventies

by Jeff Tamarkin on April 23, 2015
The more you hear from the back catalog of Betty LaVette—she changed the spelling to Bettye a few years after recording the songs in this collection—the more perplexing it is that she...

Passion Pit: Kindred

by Emily Zemler on April 22, 2015
Passion Pit get right to the point on their new album, Kindred, which opens with an explosively peppy dance track called “Lift It Up (1985)” that acts immediately as an intense...

Built To Spill: Untethered Moon

by Lee Zimmerman on April 21, 2015
As far as indie bands go, Built To Spill has fared remarkably well in the larger marketplace. Since signing with a major label nearly 20 years ago—an impressive feat for any band of their...

Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color

by Lee Zimmerman on April 20, 2015
Any time that a band scores an auspicious debut and takes the charts by storm, fans and pundits hold their breath for the follow-up. After all, there’s a lifetime invested the first time...

Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

by Jeff Tamarkin on April 17, 2015
Is it really possible that Lead Belly, born Huddie Ledbetter in 1888, has never before been the subject of a comprehensive boxed collection? He was, after all, one of the most important...

Bonnie Raitt and Lowell George with John Hammond: Ultrasonic Studios 1972

by Ron Hart on April 16, 2015
The old Ultrasonic Studios sessions curated by the old influential Long Island rock station WLIR-FM continue to provide some of the coolest archival live material in record shops today. And the...

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015

by Peter DeStefano on April 15, 2015
According to Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, is “a radical portrait of New York City set to the savage funkacide of the Blues Explosion,” and...

Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

by Ryan Reed on April 14, 2015
Whether he’s writing orchestral indie-rock epics about American expansion (“Come on, feel the Illinoise!”) or intimate folk ballads about spiritual liberation (“To Be Alone with...

Zomba Prison Project: I Have No Everything Here

by John Adamian on April 13, 2015
Some monumental American recordings have been made in prison settings: Robert Pete Williams, Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison and Alan Lomax’s documentation of work songs at Parchman Farm all...

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