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Top Ten Debuts of 2015 [Brian Clifton's Picks]

In the past few weeks, I’ve been counting down my top tens of 2015 (local releases and albums). The following are my top ten picks for debut albums. 10. Untitled (Five Tears) – Babes. The family band makes some of the saddest 60s rock influenced dreampop. I mean that sincerely and as a compliment. Equal […]

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Top Ten Albums of 2015 [Brian Clifton's Picks]

Last week, I counted down my favorite local releases. This week, I’m moving on to my top ten albums of 2015. 10. Art Angels by Grimes. In her latest release, Grimes shows that not only does she have a penchant for making uber-catchy electronica but that she is an extraordinary singer as well. 9. Blood […]

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Top Ten Albums of 2015 [Jonathon Smith's Picks]

I’m not going to over-think my year-end list this year. I’m bound to regret several omissions as soon as I submit this, but I’m not going to overthink my choices. Nope. These are my favorites, albums to which I repeatedly return. Definitely not necessarily a self-proclaimed list of “best” albums. As if anyone could make […]

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Top Ten Local Releases of 2015 [Brian Clifton's Picks]

It’s that time of the year: the winter holidays are beginning to commence, the weather is consistently cold, nostalgia for 2015 is slowly creeping over Facebook. That also means that it’s time for our Top Ten lists. To kick of the top ten season, I’m going to list my top picks for songs by local […]

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Songs for a Spooky Halloween

I’ve written about various Halloween concerts–from indie pop to classic rock, to doom metal, to country. That’s well and good, but what about all the private, semi-private, and public parties happening in houses all over the city? What songs should they have in their playlists to guarantee a spooktacular Halloween? While this is by no […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 4)

For my final post regarding the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series, I want to discuss what is, quite possibly, my favorite jazz album. If not of all time, then certainly my favorite of this series. McCoy Tyner was most famous for playing piano in John Coltrane’s quartet in the early 1960s. After a series […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 3)

With the exception of Medeski Martin & Wood’s Combustication, my previous posts regarding the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series have focused on the label’s older records. (Not that Combustication is exactly new; it was released in 1998.) This week, I want to address a couple recent releases. While jazz may have become highbrow and […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 2)

In my last post regarding the Blue Note 75th Anniversary Reissue Series, I suggested starting with Combustication by Medeski Martin & Wood and The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan. Once again, in the spirit of helpfulness, I’d like to suggest a few other albums for you, the discerning listener.  I feel that a couple other great, accessible […]

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Blue Note Reissues (part 1)

Jazz can be intimidating, what with players (and fans) geeking out on modes, tones, voicings, harmonic structures, time signatures and who played with whom.  But since when did intimidation stop anyone from diving into the discographies of prolific artists like Robert Pollard, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello or Bob Dylan? Perhaps the key to […]

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Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

To be honest, when I heard that Miley Cyrus “had dropped a surprise album,” I was a bit skeptical. I was even more skeptical when I heard Wayne Coyne was involved. Don’t get me wrong, I love the saccharine, post-post-production glitz that is Miley Cyrus’ brand of pop, and I love The Flaming Lips’ deep […]

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Thee Oh Sees’ Latest Reviewed: Mutilator Defeated at Last

For a band that releases at least one record a year, like Thee Oh Sees, it can be easy for those records to get overlooked. “Thee Oh Sees released another record? It probably sounds the same as the one that came out 8 months ago. I’m gonna go listen to that new Blur album because […]

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Record Store Day 2015: Caroline Roe’s Picks

The best holiday on the calendar is tomorrow, which means people all across the country, including myself, are overwhelmed with the gargantuan list of exclusive releases. To ease some of that anxiety, I’ve condensed the list into the five I’m excited about the most. Gram Parsons/Lemonheads Brass Buttons 7” A few years ago the label […]

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