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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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Cass McCombs: A Folk Set Apart: Rarities, B-Sides & Space Junk, Etc.

by Bill Murphy on April 20, 2016
It’s not easy to get inside the mind of Cass McCombs, primarily because he seems to revel in his misanthropy as a perennial alt-folk outsider. But that’s exactly the hook that draws you in; he...
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Oneida: Positions

by Jesse Jarnow on April 19, 2016
Though clocking in at only 29 minutes, Oneida’s Positions is a fairly representative slice of what it’s like to hear the veteran Brooklyn, N.Y., band live: two covers that might as well be the...
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Kevin Morby: Singing Saw

by John Adamian on April 18, 2016
There’s a haunting desert-cantina-of-the-soul quality to the songs on Kevin Morby’s third solo studio album. “If you find water, please call my name,” he sings on “Water.” The songs...
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Grateful Dead: Dave’s Picks Vol. 17: Selland Arena, Fresno, CA 7/19/74

by Jeff Tamarkin on April 15, 2016
In Grateful Dead lore, 1974 was the year when it all got too big—for the first time. Over the several preceding years, the band had gone from best-kept secret in rock to hottest ticket in town....

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