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Various Artists: Folk Music of the Sahel Vol. 1: Niger

Various Artists: Folk Music of the Sahel Vol. 1: Niger

Pat Padua February 18, 2015 0

This year marks the 100th birthday of folklorist Alan Lomax, whose field recordings provided scholars and musicians with essential examples of American folk music. Sublime Frequencies co-founder Hisham Mayet carries on in this tradition

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Holy Hell! Penthouse Turns 20

Holy Hell! Penthouse Turns 20

Pat Padua February 18, 2015 0

Dean Wareham does not have a powerful voice. His singing is in the Lou Reed conversational school, that dry braggadocio replaced by a modest shyness. He’s not an especially proficient guitarist, his sound built

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A Place to Bury Strangers: Transfixiation

A Place to Bury Strangers: Transfixiation

Darryl G. Wright February 17, 2015 0

A Place to Bury Strangers assesses their past on what might be their final record. The band began as a showcase act. Front man Oliver Ackermann was behind Death by Audio, which sold custom-made

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Mikky Ekko: Time

Mikky Ekko: Time

Derek Staples February 17, 2015 0

Who is Mikky Ekko? Born John Stephen Sudduth during the winter of 1984 in Louisiana, the singer/songwriter would eventually relocate to Nashville before gaining industry notoriety and respect for co-penning Rihanna’s 2013 single “Stay.”

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The Districts: A Flourish and a Spoil

The Districts: A Flourish and a Spoil

Ray Legendre February 16, 2015 0

As mission statements go, Pennsylvania garage quartet The Districts offer one of the blandest, most inoffensive ones imaginable on their website: “We write honest music and are passionate about doing so.” It’s no surprise,

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Quarterbacks: Quarterbacks

Quarterbacks: Quarterbacks

Kevin Korber February 16, 2015 0

Quarterbacks are a band tailored for a very specific audience of which I am not a part. They’re a scene band, and their self-titled debut is a scene record, filled with the sorts of

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Rediscover: Opal: Happy Nightmare Baby

Rediscover: Opal: Happy Nightmare Baby

John L. Murphy February 16, 2015 0

For more than three decades, David Roback has crafted neo-psychedelia with a punch and a sensuous sprawl. Best known for leading Mazzy Star, he previously co-founded Los Angeles’ Rain Parade. They combined indie- punk

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The Go-Betweens: G Stands for Go-Betweens: Volume 1, 1978-1984

The Go-Betweens: G Stands for Go-Betweens: Volume 1, 1978-1984

Pat Padua February 12, 2015 0

Music consumers celebrating the second coming of Sleater-Kinney may forget (as I did) that once upon a time, members of the Olympia, Washington-based trio formed an alliance with the second coming of a band

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Holy Hell! Post Turns 20

Holy Hell! Post Turns 20

Colin Fitzgerald February 12, 2015 0

Perhaps the most interesting and perpetually mysterious aspect of Björk’s character is that she represents so many different ideas to so many people. Whether it’s her deviously disparate early material or her more conceptually

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Dan Mangan + Blacksmith: Club Meds

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith: Club Meds

Darryl G. Wright February 12, 2015 0

Vancouver’s Dan Mangan moves on from his folk festival singer-songwriter roots on Club Meds, his latest album for Arts and Crafts. The last seven years of his career culminated in the critical acclaim of

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