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M. Geddes Gengras: Ishi

M. Geddes Gengras: Ishi

Pat Padua August 11, 2014 0

How do we process what we see and hear? Is this something we are born with, or something we learn? Would something that registers as infectious synth-pop to one listener come off as incomprehensible

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Gentle Giant: The Power and the Glory (Steven Wilson Remaster)

Gentle Giant: The Power and the Glory (Steven Wilson Remaster)

Jester Jay Goldman August 10, 2014 0

Steven Wilson is a sonic archaeologist, patiently brushing away the sand and the cruft to reveal the bright beauty of the past. The Porcupine Tree frontman divides his professional life between learning from the

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Slow Club: Complete Surrender

Slow Club: Complete Surrender

Katherine Springer August 10, 2014 0

An artist’s longevity often depends on the all-important sophomore album. It can solidify their place among critics or, better yet, improve their sound. After their debut album Yeah So, Slow Club – the duo

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Spoon: They Want My Soul

Spoon: They Want My Soul

Nathan Stevens August 7, 2014 0

They’ve done it again. Eight albums in (and only one subpar release in the whole lot), They Want My Soul illustrates that Spoon’s remarkable consistency isn’t showing signs of slowing down. They Want My

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The Gun Club: Fire of Love

The Gun Club: Fire of Love

Jacob Adams August 7, 2014 0

More than 30 years after its initial release, there’s still nothing that sounds exactly like the Gun Club’s Fire of Love. Sure, several indie-rock statesmen, Jack White and Japandroids among them, have cited this

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Twin Peaks: Wild Onion

Twin Peaks: Wild Onion

Cole Waterman August 6, 2014 0

Rock ‘n’ roll is the domain of the young, at least in the world of Twin Peaks. The Chicago quartet of youngsters has one of the best and most unbridled rock records this year

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Kasai Allstars: Beware the Fetish

Kasai Allstars: Beware the Fetish

Pat Padua August 6, 2014 0

For 10 years, Crammed Disc’s Congotronics series has surveyed electrified varieties of traditional music made outside Kinshasa, the Congolese capital city that spawned musical titans like guitarist Franco and his frequent collaborator singer-songwriter Tabu

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10 Reasons Why Pickathon May Very Well Be the Best Music Festival in the USA

10 Reasons Why Pickathon May Very Well Be the Best Music Festival in the USA

David Harris August 6, 2014 0

(Photos: Sarah Anderson and David Harris) 1) The Audience Noon dawns on your generic American festival. The sun beats down on the crowds tired from partying all night at Sasquatch, Coachella, Bonnaroo, etc. You’re

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Bear in Heaven: Time is Over One Day Old

Bear in Heaven: Time is Over One Day Old

Jacob Adams August 5, 2014 0

Jon Philpot, founder of the Brooklyn-based Bear in Heaven, walks the fine line between esoteric experimentation and pleasant accessibility. His band hit its sweet spot on 2009’s Beast Rest Forth Mouth, an album of

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Noura Mint Seymali: Tzenni

Noura Mint Seymali: Tzenni

David Maine August 5, 2014 0

Mauritania’s Noura Mint Seymali kicks out the jams in her international debut full-length, Tzenni, a masterpiece that incorporates spidery guitar lines, upbeat percussion and Seymali’s soaring vocals to jaw-dropping effect. While some Afro-pop records

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