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Bluffing – Sugar Coated Pills of Wisdom

Bluffing – Sugar Coated Pills of Wisdom

Let’s not get hasty and classify BLUFFING’s Sugar Coated Pills of Wisdom as strictly a pop record just because the tracks are all two minutes or less. Take “Circles,” with its opaque chords, dreamy vocals, the build and the final rush. What we have here might be a heretofore undiscovered form of truncated shoegaze. And […]

Andrew Bird – Things Are Really Great Here, Sort of…

Andrew Bird – Things Are Really Great Here, Sort of…

For all ye hip-hop heads and indie-kids hoping to jump a sound and call it your own before the whole world blows up about it, please look elsewhere. Andrew Bird is painfully uncool, add to that he whistles and uses the fiddle as the main instrumentation for the bulwark of his catalog, which unfortunately falls […]

Amy Ray – Goodnight Tender (take 2)

Amy Ray – Goodnight Tender (take 2)

Amy Ray is undoubtedly best known for being one half of the folk-rock duo Indigo Girls. She’s been on the music scene for decades and has explored expanses that span the musical map. On her new release, though, she feels like she’s found her home; like she might settle down and stay awhile. Goodnight Tender […]

Amy Ray – Goodnight Tender

Amy Ray – Goodnight Tender

Insert a snide comment about country as formula: my dog died, my woman left, I love my truck, God bless America. It’s the staple hip defamation of the music that the old townies listen to while us young folks tout our new-wave freak-folk and politically astute hip hop. But Amy Ray is unapologetic about Goodnight […]

Wetwood Smokes – Earth Tones & Red EP

Wetwood Smokes – Earth Tones & Red EP

There is a moment on Wetwood Smokes’ debut EP, Earth Tones & Red, where you get a clear sense of what the future might hold for this engaging trio. The opener, “A Better Man,” is an echoing, hook-heavy guitar track that would be gold on college radio and even modern rock radio while we’re at […]

Marla Mase – Half-Life EP

Marla Mase – Half-Life EP

There are some artists who intentionally change up their sound in an effort to avoid categorization, making subtle shifts in a calculated way of trying to stay fresh and inviting. And while that’s not a terrible thought, perhaps more engaging are those artists whose sound shifts and confounds with it’s unique changes just by virtue […]

The Clientele – Suburban Light (Reissue)

The Clientele – Suburban Light (Reissue)

It shouldn’t be a surprise that The Clientele stared out as close to fully formed as they did. Afterall, they didn’t as much create a sound as carefully curate one. Alasdair Maclean surely has to have tremendous record collection of sun-dappled, 60s and 70s pop. Obviously, almost nobody listens to just one type of music; however […]

The Coathangers – Suck My Shirt

The Coathangers – Suck My Shirt

“Wait for it” hasn’t historically been a prominent punk rock adage over the years, but there’s a little bit of that somewhat counterintuitive spirit floating around the Coathangers fourth album, Suck My Shirt. Take the video for the first single from the album, for “Follow Me,” which has their fellow Atlanta friends Mastadon dolled up […]

Swans – Live at Bowery Ballroom

Swans – Live at Bowery Ballroom

Swans is not the type of band to take victory laps. Playing New York City, some 30 years after their inception, Swans clearly felt no need to get sentimental about being back in its city of origin. And I don’t mean to say the band fell short of delivering a sloppily emotional paean to N.Y.C. (lord knows there are […]

Marty McKay – Sin’s Disciple

Marty McKay – Sin’s Disciple

Concept albums are always tricky. On one hand, as an artist your vision is set and the material should flow right out of it, keeping you from wandering. Yet, on the other hand, some concepts can be in danger of eclipsing the vision, either forcing the material to expand, sometimes beyond its bounds or simply […]