Albums

Grateful Dead | Dave's Picks Volume 6 | Review

Studio album purists might have a sound argument when it comes to certain rock acts, but few Deadheads would ever argue that the quality of the Grateful Dead's studio work superseded their live recordings. Most of their studio albums we’re muddled down by the likes of Warner Brothers, big time L.A. record executives that wanted a four minute track, or just poor planning and execution.

Alice Russell | To Dust | New Music Review

The neo-soul scene in the UK is as vibrant as ever, with upstarts popping up left and right. But don’t mistake Alice Russell for a newbie. She’s been releasing albums for almost ten years now. For reference, ten years ago, Adele hadn’t even celebrated her sweet 16.

Dumpstaphunk | Dirty Word | New Music Review

Modern Funk's native sons are releasing a new album at the end of April and it's exactly what you would expect, which is a good thing.

Lemmon-Salmon | Old Habits are Hard to Break | Review

Introducing a new dynamic duo of sorts in Country music known as Howard Salmon and Deborah Martin-Lemmon who just released their latest effort entitled Old Habits are Hard to Break. Right from the start it might be easy to just categorize these 2 as a straight ahead Country duet types and write them off as the newest trending thing. It wouldn’t be wise, though.

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TAUK | Homunculus | Review

If musical jams are your thing, a quick rising band, TAUK has all the jam, jelly, marmalade and preserves to suit any jamband fan’s tastes as witnessed on their LP, Homunculus. If the genre is rock, fusion, jazz, bluegrass, country, classical, rap, pop or psychedelic; musicians produce a “jam” for whatever their genre may be.

Aufgang | Istiklaliya | New Music Review

This band is amazing with a great style derived from classical, electronica, techno, and even house music. The band members are Francesco Tristano, Rami Khalife and Aymeric Westrich. Francesco and Rami met in New York while both studying classical piano at Juilliard. Apparently, both Francesco and Rami participated in the clubbing scene of New York as much as they did their studying.

Oberhofer | Notalgia | New Music Review

I found this album pleasant to listen to and enjoyed the talent expressed within it. Oberhofer is named after Brad Oberhofer, the front man and founder whom is originally from Tacoma, Washington. Brad moved from Washington to New York City to attend New York University to study music composition. The band Obehofer formed in 2008 to perform Brad’s compositions.

John Brown's Body | Kings and Queens | New Music Review

Horns and go, “Step Inside” insists immediately. The tune takes a nostalgic turn near the end, riffing on some old jazz, but it’s largely a characteristic overture for Kings and Queens – a slight shift from the early days of John Brown’s Body has taken form here, albeit grounded firmly in roots from the same tree.

The 4onthefloor | 'Spirit of Minneapolis' | New Music Review

After listening to the beginning of The 4onthefloor's new album, Spirit of Minneapolis, I had very mixed feelings. I put these feelings aside to listen to and write about this band on a non-biased opinion. I cannot find too much information about the bands’ musicians as much as I can about their concerts, tours and origins.

Kurt Vile | Wakin On A Pretty Daze | New Music Review

Kurt Vile's fifth long player is a humble opus if there’s such a thing. His lyrics could be hopeful, could be melancholy, it’s tough to tell – the almost-eponymous opening track (substitute “Day” for Daze in the title) sums it simply, it’s hard to explain, (my love) in this daze. Vile’s vocals throughout Wakin On A Pretty Daze are soft and flatline, yet they tend to hint at a humble crispness around the edges.

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