Album Reviews

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Album Review: Sawyer Fredericks, “Hide Your Ghost”

Hide Your Ghost, the sophomore album from singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, sheds the high gloss major label treatment, and plays closer...

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Album Review: Moon, “Extinction”

Moon is chiming echo-laden guitar, post rock bass, propulsive drumming, shifting time signatures, and haunting, ethereal vocals. Formed in...

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Album Review: Robert Poss, “Frozen Flowers Curse the Day”

Frozen Flowers Curse The Day is the latest release from pioneering avant-guitarist Robert Poss, a founding member of the legendary...

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Album Review: The Imperial Sound, “The New AM”

The Imperial Sound’s blithe synthesis of 21st-century irony and bright, unselfconscious AM-radio pop is both brave and unique. This,...

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Album Review & Popdose Exclusive Video Premiere: Django Haskins, “Shadowlawn” and “Blink”

This is a rare and wonderful treat for us – and you.  Not only do you have a review here for the brand-new album from the...

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Album Review: Tom Bailey, “Science Fiction”

Many of Bailey’s ‘80s-era peers have been trying to write songs this good as far back as 1984, and here he is, 34 years later, besting...

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Album Review: The Naked Sun, “War With Shadows”

This is the debut album from Philadelphia-based sextet, The Naked Sun, a band who began their quest for “honest rock” in 2011;...

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Album Review: Midge Ure, “Orchestrated”

The idea of an orchestral album by Midge Ure isn’t a question of when, but rather why it took this long for it to happen....

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Album Review: Various Artists, “Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul”

Once again, historian/author/film producer and Memphian Robert Gordon delivers a book about the music of his hometown; a musical spectrum...

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Album Review: David Myhr, “Lucky Day”

Give David Myhr's Lucky Day a chance and it will reward you in return....

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Album Review: Kaada, “Closing Statements”

The new record from the Norwegian composer Kaada is a beautiful thing, immense in scope yet startlingly intimate. But, while it plays on a...

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Album Review: Frog Eyes, “Violet Psalms”

Frog Eyes’ frontman Carey Mercer has said Violet Psalms – the band’s goodbye record, out late last week on Paper Bag – was written...

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Album Review: Danielle Cormier, “Fire & Ice”

Another new, upcoming young voice, Danielle Cormier, 21, is a singer-songwriter who she credits her love for the arts from seeing her first...

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Album Review: David Grubbs & Taku Unami, “Failed Celestial Creatures”

From the early notes of “Failed Celestial Creatures” – the meditative, 20-minute-long title track to the unanticipated debut...

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Album Review: Jodee Lewis, “Buzzard’s Bluff”

This new album from Jodee Lewis, Buzzard’s Bluff is a cathartic release from deep within the Missouri Ozarks. It draws inspiration from...

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Album Review: Elephant Rifle, “Hunk”

As pig-fuck goes, this is some of the best. For those just tuning in, pig-fuck is the unfortunately titled genre of explosive post-punk...

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Album Review: Tulula!, “Singing Songs in the Dark”

Accord, New York’s Tulula! has been stomping around Rip Van Winkle’s dreamland since 2006. The acid-cowboy quintet of Jason Broome...

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Album Review: Dylan Carlson, “Conquistador”

I know it’s utterly blasphemous to suggest in underground circles, but my first point of entry when listening to Dylan Carlson’s new...

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Album Review: Grouper, “Grid of Points”

Grouper’s new LP – Grid of Points, out tomorrow via Kranky – is no Ruins, but its sparse pairing of multifaceted, ghostly voices with...

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Album Review: The Claudettes, “Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium”

The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60’s soul to...

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Album Review: Arkansas Dave, “Arkansas Dave”

From the opening notes of singer/songwriter/guitarist Arkansas Dave’s debut album, you’re first thinking “am I listening...

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Album Review: Tami Neilson, “Sassafrass!”

If you've ever wanted to know what Wanda Jackson duking it out with Shirley Bassey in an alley while Rosanne Cash, Sharon Jones and Amy...

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Album Review: Rob Ford Explorer, “Rob Ford Explorer”

Just wow. The new self-titled LP from Reno’s Rob Ford Explorer, out earlier this month, is a potent gem, a heady amalgamation of jazz...

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Album Review: Saleeha, “Come Wander Through the Pale Dark”

As Saleeha, the Australian-born, Vancouver-based Max Buchanan makes meditative, slowly unfurling soundscapes that, surprisingly enough, do...

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Album Review: Melvins, “Pinkus Abortion Technician”

Ugh. The new Melvins record, I am sad to report, dear reader, is a bit of a trainwreck. It’s not that Pinkus Abortion Technician, out...

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Album Review: Wreckless Eric, “Construction Time and Demolition”

A worthwhile history lesson:  Wreckless Eric is Mr. Eric Goulden. His recording career began in 1977 with the enduring “Whole Wide...

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Album Review: Big Weather, “The Lightest Darkness”

Well, turns out climate change – for those rational people who agree with the science behind it – might not be all bad, after all. Big...

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Album Review: The Shellye Valauskas Experience, “History of Panic”

This is really good.  I mean REALLY GOOD.  This second album from The Shelleye Valauskas Experience, History Of Panic, which is...

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Album Review: Vivian Leva, “Time Is Everything”

Vivian Leva’s voice is the sound of living tradition. Raised by parents who absorbed ancient tunes and ballads during visits to legendary...

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Album Review: The Lampshades, “Astrology”

The Lampshades, a trio of Pittsburgh-by-way-of-Altoona ne’er-do-wells, is nothing if not ambitious. It hasn’t always entirely been this...