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U.K. band Wolf Alice had already release two great albums with My Love is Cool (2015) and Visions of a Life (2017), but they really elevate on their newest and third album Blue Weekend. The band still has it’s moment when things get angsty, like on the alt rock leaning “Smile” and rowdy “Play The Greatest Hits”, but for the most part they lean more into their dreamier side with many songs having great melodic hooks and gradual builds to big finishes. Lead singer ... read more
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The whole soulful singer-songwriter with minimal production thats guided by guitars, pianos and sublet beats has critically worked for Sampha and so far commercially worked for GIVĒON, so it’s natural to see others musicians try it, but Canadian newcomer Mustafa does it by keeping his eyes and ears onto the streets. On his debut album When Smoke Rises, Mustafa provides a pleasant delivery with his voice, that match well with the skeletal production surrounding him, but the real charm ... read more
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Michelle Zauner has done a great job of growing her presence as Japanese Breakfast inside indie circles in a relatively short time. I was introduced to her music through her great sophomore effort Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017) and that album was not only easy to love, but it really made me look forward to future releases and thankfully her newest set Jubilee delvers on the anticipation felt from the near four year absence. Musically the album is still pretty set within it’s indie ... read more
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County innovator Loretta Lynn has kept releasing quality music all throughout her career (and still does to this day), but arguably her best period came in the late 60’s and her 1968’s Fist City album was yet another stellar effort. Not only do we find great sassy anthems like the get your hands off my man or else of the title track, the waiting for my man to change “How Long Will It Take?” and fun ode to the longhorn state on “I've Got Texas in My Heart”, ... read more
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Los Angeles-based musician Olive Ardizoni creates compelling ambient music as Green-House and on Music for Living Spaces we hear sounds that are appealing to human ears, but this also might be exactly what our plants want to hear. Making music for our green pals in nothing new, with any others musicians contributing to the cause, but this is my first exposure to it and I will say the retro synth tones used and interwoven melodic lines found here do make it seem like I’m watching a ... read more
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Michigan band Hot Mulligan produce a short, but convincing blend of emo and pop-punk on their latest release I Won’t Reach out to You. The mellow vibe of opener “One for the Boy” is later built upon on the fantastic “Please Don't Cry, You Have Swag”, while “Featuring Mark Hoppus” and “Pop Shuvit (Hall of Meat, Duh)” will be easy to love with their pop-centric hooks and rowdy demeanor. I Won’t Reach out to You might be brief at 12 ... read more
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I might not be familiar with Palehound or her music, but I am a big of everything I’ve heard from Jay Som and together they combine to create a pretty engaging listen on Doomin’ Sun. Not being familiar with Palehound, it’s hard to hear where her contributions come in, since the mix of guitar bursting indie rock and dream pop is very much alined with Jay Som’s fantastic work on Everything Works (2017) and Anak Ko (2019), but i’m sure working with different creatives ... read more
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When talking about the pioneering voices for women in country music, Loretta Lynn is one that is always mentioned and with good reason. Nowadays we see countless outspoken women in music, but back in the 60’s, it was definitely shocking to hear women speak their minds so freely and Lynn’s landmark 1967 album Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) is a great achievement in showing this. Just look at the opening title track, that basically tells her man to not come in ... read more
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If you like dark menacing trap beats with subject matter that don’t venture outside the dark themes of taking out your opposition, drug use, women and street life in general, then definitely check out this latest project from Atlanta rapper Young Nudy. I was a bit concerned going into DR. EV4L, since the first couple tracks didn’t do anything for me, but this is a release that actually gets better the further you head into it. Young Nudy continues to delivery a potent flow ... read more
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It’s always those little album that surprise me the most. Simone Schmidt is a Canadian musical that’s been been making music for a while through different musical ventures and on her latest she partners up with The Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition for a good set of songs that hover in the space above indie rock and country, with a slight twist for the strange. The opening track “Yeah But Uhhh Hey” is a great way to bring us into the melding of these sounds, ... read more
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I’ve always considered myself to be a lukewarm twenty one pilots fan. Their singles are catchy and all, but the radio wears them out way too quickly (I guess I can’t fault them for that) and I think that’s what I enjoyed their 2018 album Trench so much. Not only was it their most eclectic batch of songs to date, but the radio tended to “shy away” from the singles released and instead continued to play hits off of Vessel (2013) and Blurryface (2015). I guess this ... read more
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I continue to come across articles stating how the guitar is dead and no longer preferred for writing music, but that just happens to be moderately true here in the U.S., as in other parts of the world it is still a driving force. Tuareg songwriter and guitarist Mdou Moctar is a great example of this as his newest and sixth album Afrique Victime is a towering achievement for the instrument. The music found here is mostly tishoumaren (which is dessert blues) and has moments where the percussive ... read more
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Japanese band CHAI had an impressive sophomore album with 2019’s PUNK, which was bursting with energy and catchy hooks and their follow-up WINK doesn’t lose that appealing factor, even with the band taking a pivot in their musical approach. Instead of relying on the guitar strength of their previous effort, the girls instead focus on having strong grooves, with opener “Donuts Mind If I Do” and “Nobody Knows We Are Fun” being great examples of this and also ... read more
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It looks like NJ-based rapper Mach-Hommy has been consistent at releasing music since 2013, which means it kind of makes him a vet in the rap game and it sure sounds like it on his latest Griselda released album Pray for Haiti. Mach raps which such confidence, as he changes up his cadence as quickly as he changes his subject matter. With it coming through the Griselda label, you get the expected gritty side when he’s joined by Westside Gunn on several cuts (“Folie Á ... read more
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Listening to U.K. band black midi’s debut album schlagenheim it would be hard to imagine them outdoing it on their follow-up release, but that’s exactly what the band does on Cavalcade. Here black midi remain one of the most inventive and explosive band around on lead single “John L”, which brings in elements that are comparable to those of 90’s alt rock weirdos Primus (this sound is also heard on the short and punchy “Hogwash and Balderdash”) and ... read more
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Almost a year to the day since the release of their explosive third album Patience, Philly-based band Mannequin Pussy return with the concise Perfect EP, that showcases their best traits. A song like “Control” would’ve kill on 90’s rock radio, while “To Lose You” and “Darling” give bits of their new power-pop sound and “Perfect” & “Pigs Is Pigs” display their unrelenting punk roots. This EP might just be the ... read more
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I know some folks will already write off this Olivia Rodrigo debut because it’s a huge commercial pop record snd her connection to Disney, but boy do these songs really put you back in that emotional mindset of being young and getting your heart broken. The songs throughout SOUR aren’t saying anything we haven’t heard before, but they still sound surprisingly fresh with the approach they take. Hearing a song like “drivers license” with its lines “you said ... read more
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To finally close out my long look at the discography of the legendary Stevie Wonder, I come to Hotter Than July, an album that opened a new decade for him and closed out a phenomenal run of work. The second side might contain a couple duds (didn’t care for either “Do Like You” or “Cash in Your Face”), but the rest of the songs found here still display brilliance through the the funk of “Did I Hear You Say You Love Me” and “All I Do”, the ... read more
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It had been so long since I had thought of the phenomenal 2013 movie Her (really loved it, but felt I was ok keeping it to one viewing) or any of it’s music. I completely forgot that Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett had worked on it score together before their Reflektor album, so it was great to see it finally hit streaming because this was a joy to revisit. The songs are kept pretty simple, yet are still incredibly effective in putting me back into that mindset I had while watching the film ... read more
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My venture into the music of Scottish alt rock band Teenage Fanclub is pretty minimal, especially when looking at the fact their newest Endless Arcade is their 11th overall. I will say, checking out their 1991 release Bandwagonesque was a very pleasant surprise, with its energy, sharp songwriter and power pop moments (I understand why at the time Spin Magazine could put it above Nirvana’s Nevermind), but this newest effort is definitely missing some of that early spark. It might have ... read more
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