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January-February 2015 Relix Magazine Sampler: Punch Brothers- I Blew It Off
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Ry Cooder: Down at the Field: The 1974 Broadcast

by Ron Hart on January 30, 2015
By the spring of 1974, Ry Cooder was four albums into his longtime recording contract with Warner Bros., not only cementing his role as rock’s hottest gun for hire, but also a solo performer...
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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...
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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...
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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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