The past, and future, of Indie-Music

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The past, and future, of Indie-Music

No Comments 1 May 2016

As Indie-Music officially passes the 20-year mark as an online presence dedicated to independent artists and the creative process, we recognize the importance of evolving with an ever-changing music industry and world. Over the years, we’ve tried new things, explored all types of ideas, and kept each other motivated by bringing it back to what it’s all about - the music and the wonderful artists who create it.

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Review: Grant-Lee Phillips, “The Narrows”

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Review: Grant-Lee Phillips, “The Narrows”

No Comments 10 April 2016

“Grant-Lee Phillips somehow manages to filter out all of the impurities of the world to deliver an intensely satisfying and timeless listening experience that transports listeners. The Narrows is a pure, beautiful and transformative record for the soul.”

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Review: Faint Peter, “Redoubt”

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Review: Faint Peter, “Redoubt”

No Comments 10 April 2016

Redoubt is one of those rare albums that stops you in your tracks on first listen. The range and depth of the lyricism is impressive on its own, but the combination of De Natale’s ability to be so vividly present in every moment and note makes this something special.”

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Review: Jo Kroger, “The Simplest”

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Review: Jo Kroger, “The Simplest”

1 Comment 10 April 2016

“Throughout The Simplest, we hear the complexity of emotions Kroger is drawing from to paint vivid and engaging pictures through her songwriting. Jo Kroger has plenty to say, and we’re certainly ready and willing to listen as long as she keeps making music this eloquent.”

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Review: Shotgun Wedding, “South of Somewhere”

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Review: Shotgun Wedding, “South of Somewhere”

No Comments 10 April 2016

“The theatricality and musical inventiveness of South of Somewhere hearkens back to a vintage style that celebrates the unique country artist, it’s almost as if Shotgun Wedding stepped straight out of another time and place. There’s a restless, swaggering charisma that pervades this record, and it’s quite disarming.”

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Review: Hero The Band, “Bleach”

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Review: Hero The Band, “Bleach”

No Comments 10 April 2016

“What I really appreciate here beyond the supremely catchy, inventive dance rock on Bleach is the message of love and self-appreciation that Hero The Band is intent on delivering with their music.”

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Review: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, “A Man Alive”

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Review: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, “A Man Alive”

No Comments 7 February 2016

“There aren’t enough good things to say about A Man Alive. It’s a hearty, infectious musical experience that acts as a showcase for Thao Nguyen’s brand of all-in intensely artistic ingenuity. There isn’t a single note that feels out of place even when it gets a little wonderfully weird from track to track. And trust me, you haven’t heard this one before.”

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Review: Matthew Logan Vasquez, “Solicitor Returns”

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Review: Matthew Logan Vasquez, “Solicitor Returns”

No Comments 7 February 2016

Solicitor Returns is a wonderfully wild ride from beginning to end, an album that captures Vasquez in all his dangerously brilliant glory as a potent and compelling songwriter. This is an impossibly good album that allows Vasquez to explore all facets of his own creativity with a spontaneity and seemingly joyous freedom.”

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Review: Tangerine, “Sugar Teeth”

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Review: Tangerine, “Sugar Teeth”

No Comments 7 February 2016

Sugar Teeth is full of life and marked with passionate performance. Tangerine is a balanced trio of highly talented young musicians who clearly feed off each other’s strengths and have found a way to make what’s old, new again. Their signature shimmery surf pop has been amplified and elevated to the next level here.”

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Review: Supersmall, “Silent Moon”

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Review: Supersmall, “Silent Moon”

No Comments 7 February 2016

“Schiller and Dempsey are one of those rare duos that captures two perfectly matched counterparts bringing out the best in each other. The strength of the songwriting and lyricism is almost a bonus; their individual performances are so charismatic and seamless that it’s easy to get lost and swept up in Silent Moon. It is hopeful, romantic, and timeless.”

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Review: Nathaniel Bellows, “The Old Illusions”

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Review: Nathaniel Bellows, “The Old Illusions”

No Comments 7 February 2016

“This isn’t a showy or flashy album, but it is full of imaginative vibrance. A complex and interesting songwriter, Bellows has fashioned an album that requires more than a single listening to appreciate everything happening in the arrangements and lyrics.”

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Book Review: Take Care of Your Music Business, Second Edition

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Book Review: Take Care of Your Music Business, Second Edition

No Comments 16 December 2015

The release of Take Care of Your Music Business, Second Edition: Taking the Legal and Business Aspects You Need to Know to 3.0 by John P. Kellogg, Esq. is the next logical step in what could easily be classified as THE reference book for artists, performers, songwriters, producers, and even attorneys, of all shapes and sizes. This is a definite must-read for anyone who signs, looks at or is offered any kind of industry contract or royalty information and wants to understand the ins and outs of the business better. Kellogg has broken down the information and industry speak in a way that empowers and educates, without missing a beat.

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Review: Vanessa Carlton, “Liberman”

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Review: Vanessa Carlton, “Liberman”

No Comments 6 December 2015

Liberman is a wonderfully weird and captivating record from an artist who has found her authentic self. Carlton is remarkably easy on the ears, and leans toward a vintage folk vibe that’s augmented with unexpected detours.”

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Review: Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers, “Masterwish”

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Review: Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers, “Masterwish”

No Comments 6 December 2015

“Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers have crafted an enchanting rock record that wastes no time engaging listeners with warm, melodic goodness. Masterwish is the record Newcomb’s been waiting to make, and you can hear that inspiration in every note.”

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Review: Juliana, “Mere Mortal”

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Review: Juliana, “Mere Mortal”

No Comments 6 December 2015

“There really isn’t a single song on Mere Mortal that wouldn’t find immediate airplay on any radio station worth its salt. It’s pop music with an inspirational edge.”

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Review: The Black Ships, “Dead Empires”

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Review: The Black Ships, “Dead Empires”

No Comments 6 December 2015

Dead Empires marks the return of dark and twisty dreampop. The heavy bass-driven melodies and soulful delivery allow The Black Ships to steer themselves into deep musical waters.”

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Review: Oliver House, “Fall Apart”

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Review: Oliver House, “Fall Apart”

No Comments 6 December 2015

Fall Apart feels like one of those records that will end up being dubbed as the ‘early work’ of a band that has much more to give creatively…By the end of this record, there’s a clear sense of purpose and forward motion in the direction of the songwriting. As much as I enjoyed getting to know Oliver House through this debut, I’m even more psyched to see where they go from here.”

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Review: Amanda Lamb, “We Dance We Run”

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Review: Amanda Lamb, “We Dance We Run”

No Comments 6 December 2015

“What’s great about the songs included on We Dance We Run is the warmth and sincerity of Lamb’s performance; her music is approachable and magnetic. And the poise she exhibits is reflective of the maturity of her songwriting.”

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Review: Miner, “Better Instincts”

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Review: Miner, “Better Instincts”

1 Comment 6 December 2015

“As much as Justin Miner’s vocals punctuate and capture the essence of the song, the urgency and sweeping nature of the instrumentation and background vocals could fill up a deep canyon.”

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European Parliament Rejects Net Neutrality Protections

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European Parliament Rejects Net Neutrality Protections

No Comments 28 October 2015

via The Hollywood Reporter: Proponents of net neutrality suffered a major setback Tuesday when European politicians voted against enshrining in law the concept of treating all online data equally.

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Review: City and Colour, “If I Should Go Before You”

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Review: City and Colour, “If I Should Go Before You”

No Comments 11 October 2015

If I Should Go Before You is full of warmth, complexity and some achingly gorgeous performances that cut straight to the heart. Dallas Green continues to impress with his ability to deliver soulful lyrics and breathtaking vocals that seem to both defy and define the laws of nature.”

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Review: Ali Holder, “From My Veins Will Fall”

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Review: Ali Holder, “From My Veins Will Fall”

No Comments 11 October 2015

From My Veins Will Fall is a true artistic showpiece for its maker. Ali Holder has delivered an unflinchingly authentic set of songs that bear the mark of a storyteller. Her lyrics are undiluted and only outmatched by her flawless and raw vocal performance.”

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Review: Kinsey, “My Loneliest Debut”

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Review: Kinsey, “My Loneliest Debut”

No Comments 11 October 2015

“These are fantastic, fun and dynamic songs that show Kinsey is more than a background player for other artists. My Loneliest Debut is a wonderful showcase for the start of a great solo career.”

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Review: Mary Jennings, “Metamorphosis”

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Review: Mary Jennings, “Metamorphosis”

No Comments 11 October 2015

Metamorphosis, in perfect illustration of its album title, feels like something of a coming-out party. Jennings sounds like she’s blooming and changing into some other-worldly pop star across the expanse of this record.”

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Review: Kristen Brassel, “Love and Lightning”

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Review: Kristen Brassel, “Love and Lightning”

No Comments 11 October 2015

Love and Lightning is a breath of fresh air. This EP from Kristen Brassel captures the fascinating duality of youthful exuberance steeped with classic country. The songs are heartfelt, melodic and full of passion.”

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Review: Moving Panoramas, “One”

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Review: Moving Panoramas, “One”

1 Comment 13 September 2015

“With One, Moving Panoramas shoot off a signal flare marking their arrival on the scene. This is an exciting, lush and wonderfully executed record from start to finish; this trio of very talented women create music balanced with atmosphere and melody in a powerful but controlled way.”

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Review: James Harker, “The Ebb and Flow”

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Review: James Harker, “The Ebb and Flow”

2 Comments 13 September 2015

“James Harker is a captivating and charismatic performer; he brings his stories to life with an ease that’s enviable. His natural ability to emote through vocal vulnerability is a true asset to his storytelling style of lyricism.”

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Review: Noah Hoffeld, “Playing Human”

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Review: Noah Hoffeld, “Playing Human”

No Comments 13 September 2015

“Hoffeld’s brand of cello rock is confident, experimental in nature and succeeds in achieving grand heights on Play Human. He seems to have fallen through time at moments, boasting a robust and dynamic range of work that is inspired and inspiring.”

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Review: Jennifer Greer, “Hey Tide”

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Review: Jennifer Greer, “Hey Tide”

No Comments 13 September 2015

Hey Tide is an ambitious record in many respects; and a lesser musician would have trouble pulling this off. The vocal and musical reach and range Greer possesses is wide and deep.”

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Review: My Brothers and I, “Don’t Dream Alone”

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Review: My Brothers and I, “Don’t Dream Alone”

No Comments 13 September 2015

Don’t Dream Alone is a wonderful example of discovering soulful musicality in the most unexpected places; the smooth delivery and organic production on these tracks is refreshing and extremely listenable.”

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Bumbershoot 2015 Preview: Seattle artists take the spotlight

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Bumbershoot 2015 Preview: Seattle artists take the spotlight

No Comments 1 September 2015

As editor of Indie-Music, it’s my pleasure and honor to get to listen to tons of great new music that lands in my inbox. And we’ve been fortunate to have a wealth of talent in our backyard that we get to go check out live at nearby bars and the occasionally large stage. But nothing blows my skirt up more than getting to see some of my favorite Indie Spotlight Artists take the stage at Bumbershoot 2015. And this year is no exception with highly anticipated sets from Kris Orlowski, The Grizzled Mighty, and Fox and the Law.

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Review: Three Thousand Rivers, “Body Aha”

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Review: Three Thousand Rivers, “Body Aha”

No Comments 9 August 2015

“The charismatic vocals of Hassenfeld combined with the emotive strings from violinist Aqua offer a one-two punch that elevate each song on Body Aha to a higher level. This is a balanced blend of folk funk rock that brims with a buoyant energy that can’t help but have you moving along to the beat. Three Thousand Rivers have a creative, fun and special chemistry…”

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Review: Monogold, “Good Heavens”

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Review: Monogold, “Good Heavens”

No Comments 9 August 2015

“Monogold have found the sweet spot with Good Heavens. This album slowly gathers up steam in such a steady fashion that by the end of its journey, you can’t help but be emotionally invested in the outcome. This is well-paced, layered in organic sound, and awash in warmth.”

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Review: Amberly Chalberg, “There Will Come A Day”

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Review: Amberly Chalberg, “There Will Come A Day”

No Comments 9 August 2015

“I often speak of the modern day troubadour, and Amberly Chalberg, along with the artists she admires, can count herself among this rarefied group. There Will Come A Day is a record that resonates, and that’s exactly what a true artist strives to achieve with their work.”

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Review: Jess Lambert, “Creature of Fear”

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Review: Jess Lambert, “Creature of Fear”

No Comments 9 August 2015

“What’s impressive about Creature of Fear is not necessarily the strength of the lyrics, the ease of the song structure and the smooth, silky vocal performance; it’s Lambert herself, in her entirety, pouring out raw emotion like she’s been doing this all her life.”

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Review: Zoya, “The Girl Who Used to Live In My Room”

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Review: Zoya, “The Girl Who Used to Live In My Room”

1 Comment 9 August 2015

“Zoya’s music is soulful, compelling and ultimately uncommon; The Girl Who Used to Live in My Room is a celebration of global influences and successfully finds a recipe for fusion that works.”

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Review: The OK Social Club, “Baby Eat Your Heart Out”

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Review: The OK Social Club, “Baby Eat Your Heart Out”

No Comments 14 June 2015

“If you’re looking for a shimmery pop soundtrack to your summer, you’ve found it with The OK Social Club’s Baby Eat Your Heart Out. They perform with purpose and force, creating a fiercely good pop music experience with this record.”

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Review: Tumbleweed Wanderers, “Realize”

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Review: Tumbleweed Wanderers, “Realize”

1 Comment 14 June 2015

“Tumbleweed Wanderers employ well-balanced, focused songwriting and the band’s hard work crafting their performances is apparent; but that makes Realize no less enchanting in its ability to create some warm and wonderful musical moments.”

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Review: Lost and Profound, “Goodbye Mine”

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Review: Lost and Profound, “Goodbye Mine”

No Comments 14 June 2015

Goodbye Mine is the type of album that only gets better upon each listen, revealing its layered lyricism when you’re ready to face their truths.”

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Review: Amy Guess, “Moonlight”

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Review: Amy Guess, “Moonlight”

No Comments 14 June 2015

“Amy Guess delivers atmospheric, compelling pop that relies on her artistic ability to exploit her own vulnerability. The result is a catchy, melodic single that delivers strong vocals and a killer dance beat.”

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Review: Tough Age, “I Get the Feeling Central”

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Review: Tough Age, “I Get the Feeling Central”

No Comments 14 June 2015

I Get the Feeling Central is anything but boring, and Tough Age show they can stretch themselves to build something that inspires them as creators. This really is a record that celebrates the creative process as much as the songs themselves.”

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Review: The Lionheads, “Human Walk”

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Review: The Lionheads, “Human Walk”

No Comments 3 May 2015

“These are massive-sounding songs from a band with massive potential. There are many reasons to heap praise upon what this band has accomplished with the debut of Human Walk. But what most impresses me is that the foundation for this highly charismatic pop record is rooted in powerful, dynamic storytelling backed up by an electric performance. I suspect The Lionheads won’t remain a Nordic secret for long.”

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Review: Nai Harvest, “Hairball”

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Review: Nai Harvest, “Hairball”

No Comments 3 May 2015

“Nai Harvest is honing in on their strengths with the release of Hairball. They shred. They inspire. They deliver powerful lyrics and great hooks. They have natural talent in spades. This is unsanitized, fuzzy, vigorous power pop wrapped up in an incredibly magnetic package.”

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Review: On the Water, “Cordelia”

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Review: On the Water, “Cordelia”

No Comments 3 May 2015

Cordelia is the type of album you don’t hear often; it’s rough, penetrating and sounds a little weather-beaten. But it’s also pure, artful and faithful to its source. Fletcher Van Vliet is a bona fide songwriting talent.”

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Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, “Space is Still the Place”

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Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, “Space is Still the Place”

No Comments 3 May 2015

“The Bright Light Social Hour have created their own microcosm of music that seamlessly blends psychedelic, blues, house, and prog rock in a way that’s interesting, forward-thinking and full of life.”

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Review: The Post Age, “Shapeshifter”

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Review: The Post Age, “Shapeshifter”

No Comments 3 May 2015

“This is a solid five tracks worth of carefully arranged, melodic electro-pop that carries its weight with great vocals and even better hooks.”

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Review: Lord Huron, “Strange Trails”

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Review: Lord Huron, “Strange Trails”

No Comments 5 April 2015

“Lord Huron has managed to once again harness its own brand of peculiarly charming and agile lyricism on Strange Trails. From the first haunting note to the last, this record enchants and entertains. But the brilliance truly lies in Schneider’s ability to tap into each individual listener’s imagination…”

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Review: The Local Strangers, “Take What You Can Carry”

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Review: The Local Strangers, “Take What You Can Carry”

No Comments 5 April 2015

“Both discs are required listening because they put the formidable vocal talents of both Zoli and Hart on the full display that they deserve; this pairing is a potent one, and the result of their musical union is vibrant and undeniable. Take What You Can Carry is a complete creative musical experience from start to finish, and a must-listen.”

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Review: Bullyheart, “Antigravity”

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Review: Bullyheart, “Antigravity”

No Comments 5 April 2015

“Holly Long possesses an innate magnetism. The talent level here is high, and the execution of this cleanly produced and performed album is impressive. Antigravity is a modern answer to the void left in female-fronted rock outfits.”

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Review: Carolinabound, “Smoking Gun”

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Review: Carolinabound, “Smoking Gun”

No Comments 5 April 2015

“Smith most definitely has a way with words, and uses them to vividly paint moving pictures to complement the musical collaboration of his fellow players on Smoking Gun. There is a potency and honesty to these songs, and while they may have been borne from traditional country and folk, the voice that has emerged is distinct and modern.”

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Review: Taarka, “Making Tracks Home”

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Review: Taarka, “Making Tracks Home”

No Comments 5 April 2015

Making Tracks Home is the perfect record to play on a lazy afternoon sipping on sweet tea and daydreaming. David and Enion Pelta-Tiller are easily in step and match each other both musically and vocally.”

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Review: Paperhaus, “Paperhaus”

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Review: Paperhaus, “Paperhaus”

No Comments 8 March 2015

“This self-titled album from Paperhaus is dark, moody and drives listeners to those places deep down that defy classification; there is a liquid molten core that generally threatens to spill over the edges of the arrangements and melodies at any moment. That’s exciting, unpredictable and ultimately very satisfying as a music fan.”

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Review: Lowlands, “The Whale”

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Review: Lowlands, “The Whale”

No Comments 8 March 2015

“The subtle moments set the tone of this record just as much as the grander, elaborate arrangements. Every detail has been attended to from the first note to the last, and The Whale is an impressive album.”

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Review: Dogheart, “What Burns the Best”

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Review: Dogheart, “What Burns the Best”

No Comments 8 March 2015

“I really can’t say enough good things about Dogheart and their debut What Burns the Best. It’s a welcome addition to the northwest music scene and so smartly straddles the line between polished rock and underground garage pop. Think of it more as a spitshine, wonderfully rough around the edges but focused and taut at its core.”

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Review: Lauren Shera, “Gold and Rust”

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Review: Lauren Shera, “Gold and Rust”

No Comments 8 March 2015

Gold and Rust is an album steeped in storytelling, and Shera bears an accomplished and unique voice. Her combination of folk-tinged, country-influenced music is a perfect balance of West Coast-meets-Middle America.”

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Review: Road Man, “Light at the Speed of Life”

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Review: Road Man, “Light at the Speed of Life”

No Comments 8 March 2015

“However long and winding the musical path may have been, Jonathan Petronzio has hit upon something special with this solo project. Light at the Speed of Life is an introspective, creative and ultimately very pleasing listen.”

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Review: Tess Henley, “Wonderland”

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Review: Tess Henley, “Wonderland”

No Comments 8 February 2015

“Working with a producer of Was’ caliber has only served to polish an already shining jewel in the neo soul music scene. Wonderland is such a breath of fresh air, and finds Henley maturing and expressing herself in all her unique glory.”

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Review: Ryan Hobler, “The Elusive Yes”

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Review: Ryan Hobler, “The Elusive Yes”

No Comments 8 February 2015

“Every note, lyric and stunning harmony included on The Elusive Yes are essential. Not a moment is wasted, and everything has its place and purpose. And yet somehow Hobler manages to make this all seem so fluid, spontaneous, unexpected and full of personality.”

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Review: The Grizzled Mighty, “Closed Knuckle Jaw”

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Review: The Grizzled Mighty, “Closed Knuckle Jaw”

No Comments 8 February 2015

“Enter Closed Knuckle Jaw: It’s real, it’s honest, and it’s coming straight at you like a freight train. Even in its quieter moments.”

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Review: Twin River, “Should the Light Go Out”

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Review: Twin River, “Should the Light Go Out”

No Comments 8 February 2015

“Gone are the sad songs of disaffected youth, and in its place are the genre-hopping, rhythm pumping, warm and fuzzy tracks that populate Should the Light Go Out.”

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Review: Live Hart, “Honesty”

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Review: Live Hart, “Honesty”

No Comments 8 February 2015

“Live Hart is an artist to watch. She’s true to herself, and the songs included here on Honesty come from a place of authenticity.”

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Review: Repeater, “Repeater”

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Review: Repeater, “Repeater”

No Comments 11 January 2015

“What’s ultimately satisfying about Repeater’s self-titled album is the very thing that can sound cold and soulless in the hands of a less savvy group of musicians. The combination of real and processed sounds adds so much depth and variation to this retro alt rock gem with an edge.”

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Review: 3 Kisses, “Cardboard Cutouts”

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Review: 3 Kisses, “Cardboard Cutouts”

1 Comment 11 January 2015

“Once again, frontwoman Tish Meeks delivers a super fresh and clean vocal performance that has become one of the defining strengths of this band’s arsenal of sound.”

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Review: Tapebenders, “Chasing Ghosts”

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Review: Tapebenders, “Chasing Ghosts”

No Comments 11 January 2015

“What the Tapebenders possess creatively as a group is pretty special; their sound is emotive, visceral and extremely satisfying as a listener. They say so much without words, with instrumentation that bends and moves in an often imperfect groove.”

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Review: Color of Light, “Memory”

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Review: Color of Light, “Memory”

No Comments 11 January 2015

“This album is best served in one long dose; a full listen reveals a great deal of sophisticated nuance and an interconnectivity that would potentially be lost listening to one track at a time. Neuse is working in a soundscape of his own creation, one that values the instrumentation, melody and breadth of sound…”

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Review: Jack Lover, “Humour, Love and Health”

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Review: Jack Lover, “Humour, Love and Health”

No Comments 11 January 2015

“Jack Lover is undoubtedly a treasure to the people of Eday, but he has a lot to teach us all about life, love, and humor. It is a rare pleasure to hear the work of someone who has something to say, and who can draw on every facet of their experiences in life in the process.”

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Catching up with Tracy Bonham: On PledgeMusic and Her New Album

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Catching up with Tracy Bonham: On PledgeMusic and Her New Album

No Comments 30 November 2014

Tracy Bonham is the very definition of a DIY indie artist. But unlike a lot of independent musicians, Tracy has the experience of working with a major label and having been recognized as a Grammy nominee.

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Review: Saint Saviour, “In the Seams”

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Review: Saint Saviour, “In the Seams”

No Comments 30 November 2014

“The depth and defenselessness of the lyrics and vocals are what sets this record apart from its predecessor and stands out among a crowded singer-songwriter scene. Saint Saviour is wide open on In the Seams, and it’s a lovely thing to behold.”

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Review: Planes on Paper, “The Ruins”

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Review: Planes on Paper, “The Ruins”

No Comments 30 November 2014

“I have listened to the songs on The Ruins so many times now and the intricacies of the harmonies, the quiet moments, and the passion of each performance never ever get old. This is music that continues to show its depth and variation with each play.”

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Review: Sean Wiggins, “Clothing Optional Fridays”

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Review: Sean Wiggins, “Clothing Optional Fridays”

No Comments 30 November 2014

Clothing Optional Fridays is a relatable and rollicking reality-check that just happens to feature some great vocals and pretty mean guitar licks. Sean Wiggins & lOne gOat take their seasoned songwriting skills and put them on glorious display with this record.”

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Review: Lindsay Mac, “Remember”

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Review: Lindsay Mac, “Remember”

No Comments 30 November 2014

“‘Remember’ is a radio-ready, dancefloor-bumping hit in the making. Mac’s vocal performance is breezy and sweet with an edge that boosts an already effervescent melody.”

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Review: Mississippi Jones, “Unreleased”

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Review: Mississippi Jones, “Unreleased”

No Comments 30 November 2014

“The bones of the material and the talent is clearly there, and that’s perhaps what makes Unreleased such a charming album. There’s nothing pretentious or cold about this duo, and their soulful delivery makes this an album that’s well worth the payoff of listening to more than once.”

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Review: Emily Wolfe, “Roulette”

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Review: Emily Wolfe, “Roulette”

No Comments 2 November 2014

“With Roulette, Emily Wolfe feels like a woman on the verge…It’s dark, haunting, and powerful stuff; the type of startlingly stirring material that makes you want to write about, and listen to, new music. Emily Wolfe is an astonishingly good singer. Listen to this before she becomes a star.”

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Review: The Honeyrunners, “EP 2”

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Review: The Honeyrunners, “EP 2”

1 Comment 2 November 2014

“Fans of soulful rock won’t be disappointed with this effort - there’s a little bit of everything here, from four-part harmonies that evoke a gospel to the fantastically loquacious guitar lines and the ever-present warm tones of the keyboards. There’s nothing subtle about The Honeyrunners, and that’s a good thing.”

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Review: Fox and the Law, “Stoned to Death”

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Review: Fox and the Law, “Stoned to Death”

1 Comment 2 November 2014

“The guitars and vocals are abrupt and halt you in your tracks. The drums will be driving a backbeat for days. The melodies will completely sneak up on you. And that’s what ultimately separates Fox and the Law from their heavy rock contemporaries.”

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Review: Dietrich Jon, “Higher”

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Review: Dietrich Jon, “Higher”

No Comments 2 November 2014

“There’s a pretty great 1970s pop/rock vibe running rampant throughout the course of Higher. But the players in Dietrich Jon temper that stylized sound with a spontaneity that belies the practiced musicianship that lies beneath.”

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Review: Jubilee Riots, “Penny Black”

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Review: Jubilee Riots, “Penny Black”

No Comments 2 November 2014

“Jubilee Riots have learned to gracefully embrace change and channel a reinvigorated energy into their music, where it belongs. The celebration of this is evident with the joy this band plays with on this record.”

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Review: Jen Wood, “Wilderness”

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Review: Jen Wood, “Wilderness”

No Comments 5 October 2014

“Jen Wood is pushing herself as an artist from a new musical place and out of that vulnerability and risk she has emerged with her most ambitious and fully realized work yet. Wilderness is a relatable, entrancing and empowering piece of musical perfection.”

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Review: Late Cambrian, “Golden Time”

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Review: Late Cambrian, “Golden Time”

No Comments 5 October 2014

“Like any wonderfully balanced and executed record, it’s nearly impossible to play favorites with these tracks. There’s not a single throwaway, meaning that every chord, phrase and melodic moment is essential to the success of Golden Time. Late Cambrian just makes crazy amazing pop music.”

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Review: Fictionist, “Fictionist”

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Review: Fictionist, “Fictionist”

No Comments 5 October 2014

“Fictionist has pieced together a surprising, creative, and truly interesting collection of songs to listen to, and they’ve done so with the intent of a band that is making music just for themselves. We’re along for the ride. It’s an impressive, assertive, dark and twisty gem of an album.”

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Review: Damen Samuel, “Odyssey”

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Review: Damen Samuel, “Odyssey”

No Comments 5 October 2014

“Through the songs on Odyssey, Samuel indeed takes listeners on a journey. It’s a path that winds through the fog of emotion and the spare moments of vulnerability, but it somehow remains hopeful, pressing onward.”

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Review: We Were Astronauts, “Artificial Light”

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Review: We Were Astronauts, “Artificial Light”

No Comments 5 October 2014

Artificial Light feels like a launching point for this band, and if everyone had such solid footing to leap from they’d be lucky.”

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Review: Sondre Lerche, “Please”

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Review: Sondre Lerche, “Please”

No Comments 7 September 2014

“Sondre Lerche’s emotional torture is pure pop gold, and has opened him up even further with one of the most creative and satisfying records of the year. The talent has always been undeniable, but with Please he catapults himself into another statosphere.”

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Review: Braeves, “Drifting By Design”

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Review: Braeves, “Drifting By Design”

No Comments 7 September 2014

Drifting by Design is the perfect title to encapsulate the calculated way in which this quartet will win you over with their charming brand of soulful pop.”

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Review: A Social State, “How to Get To Heaven”

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Review: A Social State, “How to Get To Heaven”

No Comments 7 September 2014

“Defined by a reverence for rock, this quartet’s recent release of How to Get to Heaven offers up an interesting duality of sounds and song structure. And it’s this duality combined with slick production and confident performances that intrigues throughout the record.”

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Review: A is for Atom, “Song For You”

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Review: A is for Atom, “Song For You”

No Comments 7 September 2014

“What’s most pleasing to me about Song For You is the incredibly unique vocal tone and song structures that have developed on this record. The material here is reminiscent of the rebellious nature of grunge meets modern polished pop.”

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Review: Michael ONeill, “I Like It Like That”

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Review: Michael ONeill, “I Like It Like That”

No Comments 7 September 2014

I Like It Like That is a complete album, it doesn’t lack in any capacity in entertainment value; there’s emotional gravity, moments of cutting loose, love, loss, seduction and heartbreak. In short, there’s something for everyone here wrapped up in a relatable country rock package that’s wildly appealing and more than endearing.”

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Review: Delta Spirit, “Into the Wide”

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Review: Delta Spirit, “Into the Wide”

1 Comment 3 August 2014

Into the Wide is a complete album that doesn’t lack for creativity, imagination, range or high quality production. In fact, it doesn’t lack for anything at all. This is rock and roll. It sits right in the pocket from the first note to the last.”

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Review: Vinyl Thief, “Fathoms”

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Review: Vinyl Thief, “Fathoms”

No Comments 3 August 2014

“Vinyl Thief bears the mark of a band that has breakout written all over it; there is personality to spare, and creativity and talent to match.”

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Review: Gramercy Arms, “The Seasons of Love”

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Review: Gramercy Arms, “The Seasons of Love”

No Comments 3 August 2014

“The sophisticated songwriting and slightly melancholic vibe add so much character to songs that shine well beyond the carefully chosen cast of characters bringing them to life on The Seasons of Love.”

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Review: As the Sparrow, “In A Box”

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Review: As the Sparrow, “In A Box”

No Comments 3 August 2014

“There is a buoyancy and free-flowing energy to what As the Sparrow create as a collective that’s instantly appealing, slightly edgy and undoubtedly unique.”

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Review: Fierce Bad Rabbit, “Living Asleep”

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Review: Fierce Bad Rabbit, “Living Asleep”

No Comments 3 August 2014

Living Asleep isn’t bombastic, in-your-face rock that forces you to listen to it; rather, it’s a bit of a sleeper. It’s a record with legs, those that will stretch and carry them as far as they want to go.”

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Review: American Nomad, “Country Mile”

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Review: American Nomad, “Country Mile”

2 Comments 3 August 2014

“American Nomad have crafted a creative, riveting and wonderful world of music that blends the best of folk, blues and bluegrass for a unique sound all their own. The players are accomplished musicians and the vocal performances of El-Tayyab and Parkerson deliver just the right dose of emotional depth and versatility that the songs on Country Mile call for.”

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Review: Leslie DiNicola, Some Greener Yard

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Review: Leslie DiNicola, Some Greener Yard

No Comments 3 August 2014

“There’s little doubt that Leslie DiNicola wields a powerful vocal range with the ability to summon emotion and grit with ease. The first may be natural born talent, but the latter is where the artistry comes into the picture.”

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Review: Robyn Cage, “Tales of a Thief”

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Review: Robyn Cage, “Tales of a Thief”

No Comments 3 August 2014

“There’s a dreamy, sultry quality to Robyn Cage’s vocals and style of music - sort of a cross between classic piano rock with a near-Vaudevillian undertone. It’s quirky without being gimmicky and relays a personal touch that’s immediately endearing.”

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Review: The Sheens, “163 EP”

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Review: The Sheens, “163 EP”

No Comments 3 August 2014

“The Sheens have that indefinable thing that basically just equates to one part magic, one part honesty, one part no-fuss no-muss rock.”

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Review: Trampled By Turtles, “Wild Animals”

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Review: Trampled By Turtles, “Wild Animals”

No Comments 6 July 2014

“The notes seem to hang in the air with an exquisite type of length and weight, without adding heaviness to the songs. All of the players here are in tune with each other and with the intention of each song. The result is an elegant, emotional, dangerously good album that finds Trampled by Turtles at the top of their game.”

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Review: 5j Barrow, “From the Dim, Sweet Light”

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Review: 5j Barrow, “From the Dim, Sweet Light”

No Comments 6 July 2014

“5j Barrow celebrates the dramatic, dynamic and collaborative nature of storytelling with the release of From the Dim, Sweet Light. From top to bottom, the players provide a wide and diverse range of skills and instrumentation that not only makes this album appealing to musicians, but accessible to fans.”

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Review: Mental Monky Ballet, “Breaking the Law”

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Review: Mental Monky Ballet, “Breaking the Law”

No Comments 6 July 2014

“There’s a timeless quality to the music that emanates from great bands; and the urgent, accessible, exciting, and darkly dreamy songs on Mental Monky Ballet’s Breaking the Law make it so easy to fall in love with them at first listen.”

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Review: Hook & Anchor, Self-Titled

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Review: Hook & Anchor, Self-Titled

No Comments 6 July 2014

“There are moments both large and small that contribute to the success of this album; an interesting drum fill here, a poignant lyric there, and breezy vocal tradeoffs that sound nearly as effortless as the instrumentation on every track. For fans of any type of modern folk, this is a must-listen.”

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