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Britta Phillips: Luck or Magic

by Lee Zimmerman on May 04, 2016
Written and recorded over the course of several years, singer/bassist Britta Phillips’ first solo venture is a remarkably spacious affair, far removed from the celestial trappings of her work...
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Terrace Martin: Velvet Portraits

by Wayan Zoey on May 03, 2016
It’s been said by many, including those involved in its creation, that Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is a jazz record. There’s a strong argument to be made for that if you consider...
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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: Call It What It Is

by Bill Murphy on May 02, 2016
Against the roiling backdrop of an overheated election year and high-profile moments of message-heavy black expression writ large—Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance and Kendrick Lamar’s...
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Rogue Wave: Delusions of Grand Fur

by Ryan Reed on April 29, 2016
Rogue Wave have evolved from indie-pop underdogs (2003’s Out of the Shadow) to epic-scale rockers approaching U2 grandiosity (2007’s Asleep at Heaven’s Gate) to confused craftsmen straining...
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Hayes Carll: Lovers and Leavers

by Lee Zimmerman on April 28, 2016
With his parched vocals and weary delivery, Hayes Carll doesn’t exactly sound like a man whose list of accomplishments includes a recent Grammy nomination, chart triumphs and ongoing accolades...
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Snarky Puppy: Family Dinner, Vol. 2

by Wayan Zoey on April 27, 2016
For the second volume in their guest-singer-led Family Dinner series, Snarky Puppy picked New Orleans as the setting. The inescapable musical atmosphere clearlyseeps into the recording—done as...
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Parquet Courts: Human Performance

by Jesse Jarnow on April 26, 2016
Reaching from goofy indie scrappers to serious indie scrappers, Parquet Courts use the instantly appealing Human Performance to expand their laconic punk-plus-classic-rock shtick into a maturing...
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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: PersonA

by Justin Jacobs on April 25, 2016
Los Angeles collective Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros may forever be known for their mega indie hit “Home,” also known as the first dance at your hipster cousin’s wedding. And while the...
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Roots of Creation: Livin Free

by Matt Inman on April 22, 2016
Livin Free is the most ambitious project to date from New Hampshire reggae-rock outfit Roots of Creation. Appropriately riffing on their home state’s motto, “Live Free or Die,” the release...
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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: A Man Alive

by Justin Jacobs on April 21, 2016
Through four albums, Thao Nguyen has sung about life’s stickier situations with emotional frankness that translated as pure likeability. But on A Man Alive, Thao lets her friend Merrill...

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