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Album Review: Musée Mécanique

From Shores of Sleep (Tender Loving Empire)


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[ORCHESTRAL DREAMSCAPES] You’ve heard the saying, “A smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor,” right? This phrase doesn’t seem to apply to the guys of Musée Mécanique, who, on their   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Storm Large

Le Bonheur (Heinz)


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[WHITE JAZZ] Less than a decade removed from titillating dowagers at Union Station’s piano bar, Storm Large has so successfully bum-rushed the global celebrity apparatus that her side projec   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Bike Thief

Stuck in a Dream (Self-Released)


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[POP DEPENDENCE] Considering the album title is almost an Alice Cooper reference and the band’s name is cribbed from a postwar, neo-realist film, it’d be reasonable to expect a rich tapestry   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Sean Flinn & the Royal We

The Lost Weekend (Glad I Did)


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[FEEL-GOOD INDIE] It’s easy to gloss over The Lost Weekend, the second album from Sean Flinn & the Royal We. With its sunny, medium-tempo indie-pop arrangements and vague lyrics about roma   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: Halo Refuser

Into Your Layers (Self Released)


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[A NEW VOICE] Plodding glitch-hop is not what you expect to hear right up front on Halo Refuser’s third full-length, Into Your Layers: The album’s title and pastoral cover suggest romantic bed   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Hearts of Oak

New England (Deer Lodge)


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[SHOEGAZIN’ COUNTRY] The term “shoegazer country” is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when talking niche music genres, but it remains an apt description of the warped soundscapes an   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: A Year Afar

Better Life (Self-Released)


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[ART POP] On debut EP Better Life, A Year Afar adorns striking vocalist Suzanne Tufan with savvy support from Box Set guitarist Jim Brunberg, longtime Holcombe Waller collaborator Ben Landsverk    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Like a Villain

Bast (Self-Released)


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[GARAGEBAND GODDESS] Like a Villain’s Holland Andrews doesn’t write songs. She creates constructs—great, big sonic constructs that crash through your expectations of what music is supposed   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: The Zags

Small Bags (Self-Released)


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[GARAGE POP] Power-pop quartet the Zags might sing about the ’80s on their debut EP, but they are a band clearly indebted to the ’60s. Heavy on three-part harmonies, cute keyboard hooks, rol   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Eric D. Johnson

EDJ (Easy Sound)


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[FRUIT BAT] Eric D. Johnson’s indie-folk band Fruit Bats was always intended to be a solo act, right up to the band’s demise last November. But the aptly named EDJ, Johnson’s first LP under    More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER
 

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