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January-February 2015 Relix Magazine Sampler: Punch Brothers- I Blew It Off
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Elephant Micah: Where in Our Woods

by J. Poet on January 29, 2015
Joseph O’Connell, the man who records as Elephant Micah, works as a folklorist, collecting the traditional tunes of Southern Indiana and the greater Midwest. The melodies he writes suggest the...

The Dodos: Individ

by John Adamian on January 28, 2015
What opens up with a wash of distortion gives way to martial beats and pointillistic percussive latticework of post-punk guitar on The Dodos’ latest. This indierock duo shows flashes of prog...

Jessica Pratt: On Your Own Love Again

by Jesse Jarnow on January 27, 2015
No matter what dystopias and paradises await, there will always be a need for sad songs, and Los Angeles-based songwriter Jessica Pratt has tapped into a particular vein of the soft, quiet...

Milo Greene: Control

by Emily Zemler on January 26, 2015
On their second album, Los Angeles indie-rock group Milo Greene allows more light to infiltrate their music. Control follows the band’s 2012 self-titled debut and eschews the moody...

The Lone Bellow: Then Came the Morning

by Lee Zimmerman on January 23, 2015
So what do you do for a follow-up when your eponymous debut is hailed as perhaps last year’s best Americana entry? Hopefully, you take a lesson from The Lone Bellow and produce a sophomore...

Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band: Take It Like a Man

by J. Poet on January 22, 2015
Jim White is an alt-country maverick with a literary bent and a caustic sense of humor. When The Packway Handle Band, an oddball bluegrass group that combines acoustic rock with their skewed...

Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

by Bill Murphy on January 21, 2015
In the same way that rainy Saturdays recall Velvets-era Lou Reed or Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, a profound and mystical whimsy usually suffuses any Belle and Sebastian album. With that in mind, a...

Ryan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night

by Lee Zimmerman on January 20, 2015
Over the course of a still-budding career that’s yet to mark its first decade, Ryan Bingham’s enjoyed a steady ascent in critical acclaim, and rightfully so. This, his fifth album, not...

The Decemberists: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

by Ryan Reed on January 16, 2015
Colin Meloy wants you to know The Decemberists’ supposed “hiatus” was misconstrued. “We know we belong to ya,” he sings over a folky strum to open “The Singer Addresses His...

The Four Legged Faithful: Devoured in the Dark

by Sam D’Arcangelo on January 15, 2015
The Four Legged Faithful do justice to old-school Americana with Devoured in the Dark, their follow-up to the 2011 LP Regret & Resolve. The record’s 11 tracks find the Massachusetts-based...

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