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April_May 2015 Relix Magazine Sampler: My Morning Jacket - Circuital
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Beth Hart: Better Than Home

by Lee Zimmerman on April 28, 2015
Beth Hart has made quite a name for herself in the 15-plus years since her single “LA Song (Out of This Town)” gained international recognition and garnered placement on an episode of...

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers: Loved Wild Lost

by Lee Zimmerman on April 27, 2015
Nicki Bluhm comes across as a modern country troubadour who’s been schooled in traditional trappings. Her easygoing demeanor blends contemporary attitude with down-home distinction. With...

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...

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