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January-February 2015 Relix Magazine Sampler: Punch Brothers- I Blew It Off
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Victor Krummenacher: Hard to See Trouble Coming

by J. Poet on January 14, 2015
While it’s a little less eclectic than the average Camper Van Beethoven album, Trouble Coming is still full of surprises. Staying on the country/folk side of the street, founding CVB bassist...
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Guster: Evermotion

by Lee Zimmerman on January 13, 2015
Mostly known for their populist appeal and ambitious intents, Guster takes a decided directional turn with Evermotion, finding focus in a softer sound and cooing, uncomplicated melodies....

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