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Alex Chilton – Electricity By Candlelight

Alex Chilton – Electricity By Candlelight

Unlike the majority of packaged material that emerges in the wake of a legendary musician’s death, Electricity by Candlelight easily justifies itself: this bootleg recording of a one-of-a-kind Alex Chilton performance illuminates new and interesting shades of the Big Star-frontman, while confirming every bit of the talent and charm that earned him legions of fans […]

Laurel Halo – A Chance of Rain

Laurel Halo – A Chance of Rain

Laurel Halo’s Chance of Rain is framed by a pair of minute-plus mellow jazz-ish keyboard explorations, “Dr. Echt” and “-Out.” Album outliers in both a musical and literal sense (and presumably a play on the “direct out” of a given piece of music equipment), the relationship between the two miniatures and everything else that occurs […]

Trent Dabbs – The Way We Look at Horses

Trent Dabbs – The Way We Look at Horses

Another year, another release for Trent Dabbs. The easy (and incorrect) assumption about the Nashville songwriter would dismiss his incredible output due to a lack of editing or willingness to hang up all the laundry to dry outside, proper or not. But Dabbs is an anomaly, a craftsman with a rare fountain of interesting ideas. […]

John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

John Grant’s bio reads like an example case from a psych major’s textbook. Between alcoholism and a coke addiction, Grant has come to terms with his homosexuality in a kaleidoscope of psychological dysphoria. As if identity crisis and the societal bends of homophobia weren’t enough, Grant announced to a London audience in 2011 that he’d […]

Mike Doughty – Live at Crescent Ballroom

Mike Doughty – Live at Crescent Ballroom

Though I was anxious for the main event, I was also curious about Moon Hooch, the band Mike Doughty picked to open up for him. Less than three years ago Mike heard them busking in the New York subways and decided to take a chance on them. At first I was dubious about the sound […]

Brendan Benson – You Were Right

Brendan Benson – You Were Right

Brendan Benson is an admirable musical chameleon. A Woody Allen-esque Zelig, if you will. Unlike Allen’s 1983 cinematic main character, however, Benson doesn’t sacrifice individuality to be liked; he just wears many hats well. You Were Right, out on Benson’s own Readymade Records, may feel like a one-man show where the star constantly changes costumes. […]

Destroyer – Five Spanish Songs EP

Destroyer – Five Spanish Songs EP

Few artists can claim to be as immediately recognizable, yet impossible to pin down as Dan Bejar. The man who would be Destroyer has seemingly charted his career by whatever course would confound, and therefore shake off, the more casual observers. But for some, it’s unthinkable to not track that reedy voice wherever it may […]

Into It. Over It – Intersections

Into It. Over It – Intersections

One thing should not be overlooked in the current conversation about whether emo has been revived, is surging, or never went away in the first place: the good is winning out. Take Intersections, the latest album from Into It. Over It, which can be counted as a victory for the right side of history. For […]

Black Hearted Brother – Stars Are Our Home

Black Hearted Brother – Stars Are Our Home

There are a lot of musical credentials passed around in Black Hearted Brother. Much of it in the atmospheric, slow-burn variety that digs its way under your skin. The kind of music that’s heavy on melodies, imagery, and fuzzed-out guitar lines that circle in and out like flying saucers. Which is to say, the gentlemen […]

Sore Eros & Kurt Vile – Jamaica Plain EP

Sore Eros & Kurt Vile – Jamaica Plain EP

Kurt Vile’s sort-of-troubled, sort-of-zen persona didn’t just materialize recently; that much is made clear by the newly released archival EP, Jamaica Plain, which found him collaborating with Sore Eros’ Robert Robinson (who was also once a member of Kurt Vile’s Violators) on three short experimental-folk compositions in the early 2000s. Without much in the way […]