Album Reviews

Experimental Composer/Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire Melds Hip-hop, Jazz, Funk, Spoken Word & Soul On ‘Origami Harvest (ALBUM REVIEW)

This could well be one of the most unusual and interesting albums you’ve heard.  Yes, this is a banner year for cross -genre efforts and we’ve recently heard the merging of classical and jazz from ...

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Sister Sparrow Unleashes Big Contemporary Soul & Pop On ‘Gold’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Sister Sparrow’s outrageously big soul vocals have been wowing audiences out front of the horn-fueled Dirty Birds worldwide for over a decade.  While her known talents were already more than enough, Arleigh Kincheloe has stepped ...

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Kurt Vile Perfects Signature Cloudy Melodic Haze On ‘Bottle It In’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

It’s been three years since Kurt Vile’s last solo record, 2015’s b’lieve I’m goin’ down, but he has stayed busy. Touring with his band The Violators, sitting in with The Sadies, and collaborating with Courtney ...

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The Watson Twins Create Pastoral Beauty With ‘Duo’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Whether you know them from their stunning backup roles with artists like Jenny Lewis and My Morning Jacket, or for their handful of gorgeous studio albums, The Watson Twins have long been a staple in ...

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Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles Unleash Joyous Rock n’ Roll on ‘Love’s Middle Name’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Boston’s Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles reunite with producer and guitarist Eric “Roscoe” Ambel to let loose with their patented, fiery brand of rock n’ roll. Borges has been on the scene for over ...

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John Hiatt Gets Stripped-Down and Bluesy on “The Eclipse Sessions” (ALBUM REVIEW)

This is John Hiatt’s first album in four years and 23rd overall, enlisting producer and stellar keyboardist Kevin McKendree who has done excellent work for Delbert McClinton and Tinsley Ellis to name just a couple. ...

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Tokyo Police Club Continue Dissonance and Classic Song Development Via ‘TPC’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Tokyo Police Club’s newest album TCP continues the band’s ability to write guitar-based songs with great hooks. Over the course of their career, they’ve had the same continuous lineup. It’s allowed them to stay very ...

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Gregory Isaac Isakov Purveys Haunting Introspection With ‘Evening Machines’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

The ongoing echoes of Gregory Isaac Isakov’s nocturnal gaze sometimes seem akin to wandering through a fog that refuses to lift, all hazy rumination with no answers in sight. Yet, over the course of his ...

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Wannabe Reviews The Pollies’ New LP ‘Transmissions’

In the latest Wannabe, artist Chris Prunckle offers his illustrated commentary on Transmissions, the new album from Alabama indie rock outfit The Pollies, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):

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Molly Burch Offers Laidback and Intimate Songs with ‘First Flower’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Austin-based singer/songwriter Molly Burch has been making a name for herself recently, opening up for acts like Grizzly Bear and Courtney Barnett among many others. Burch’s sophomore release First Flower follows in the footsteps of ...

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