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Bill Mallonee – Lands and Peoples

Bill Mallonee – Lands and Peoples

  Never has being lied to felt so satisfying. Bill Mallonee, after more than 50 albums, returns with a stunner, and in the opening track he sells us magic beans that we know won’t grow, and we couldn’t care less. For those of us that are aware of Mallonee’s track record, his new album Lands […]

Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer

Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer

The Pitchfork review of this album was impressive. I‘ve spent the past few weeks attempting to flagellate away all references to bands that Speedy Ortiz sounds like but was in the end unsuccessful. I would never go so far as to describe Sadie Dupuis’ band as derivative but their music is undeniably evocative of mid-to-late […]

Dave Monks – All Signs Point To Yes

Dave Monks – All Signs Point To Yes

Whether wearing a winter’s worth of layers or stripped down to its naked self, a great song is, according to most veteran songwriters, going to sound great in any format. In fact, the barest form is often the litmus test, whether the sparse construct holds the same power or sway as the one fitted with all sorts […]

Joy Williams – Venus

Joy Williams – Venus

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: Yes, Joy Williams’ latest solo outing, Venus, her first since her musical split from The Civil Wars, does address that split. In poetic, yet unflinching ways, Williams addresses the pain of that situation and the heartache and confusion that it brought. But Venus is […]

Shopping – Consumer Complaints

Shopping – Consumer Complaints

The Raincoats’ hip factor was already established by the time Kurt Cobain wrote about his treasure hunt in London looking for a copy of their then long-out-of-print first album in the liner notes for Incesticide, but he certainly got their name into the brains of teenagers worldwide who surely hadn’t heard of them before. Though […]

DEATH – N.E.W.

DEATH – N.E.W.

If you weren’t paying attention to the music documentary scene in the past few years you may have missed Drafthouse Films’ essential documentary, A Band Called Death. (You have two hours to go watch it now. Go ahead, I’ll wait.) DEATH has waited for decades, the least you could do is carve out some of that time you set aside for […]

Shelby Lynne – I Can’t Imagine

Shelby Lynne – I Can’t Imagine

It’s been a long road for alt country artist Shelby Lynne but the past several years have shown that she’s finally arrived. With a GRAMMY under her belt and her last album Revelation Road garnering tons of critical acclaim, Lynne continues to press forward with her art, building on her prior success but not resting […]

Peter Matthew Bauer – Liberation!

Peter Matthew Bauer – Liberation!

Peter Matthew Bauer has waited for this moment in his musical career. Every word on Liberation! is an exalting cry to share the details of his childhood that came together to shape the thoughts of his everyday and every awry notions. But as a listener, you don’t have to be dragged down by the personal, […]

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson, the now-deposed king of shock rock, and Billy Corgan, the now-deposed king of alterna-rock, announced a joint tour together the other day. The two men have dubbed it, “The End of Times Tour”–fitting for so many reason than we could ever understand. Manson and Corgan are artists cut from the same gothic cloth; both […]

Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia

Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia

Using an approach that’s something like a twist on the Dolly Parton quote “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap,” Jacco Gardner employs a lot of new technology to make his songs sound so vintage. The Dutch omni-instrumentalist has professed to being very inspired by modern music-making tools, stating that “many things I […]