Music

Howlin’ Rain – Mansion Songs (ALBUM OF THE MONTH)

We last heard from Howlin’ Rain on 2012’s sprawling The Russian Wilds. It was an album written, arranged, and meticulously recorded over five years and executive-produced by industry icon Rick Rubin. While it lacked the copious amounts of cocaine and relationship turmoil, the record was equivalent to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours in its scope and ambition. Most songs stretched over the …

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Ultimate Painting – Ultimate Painting

Samantha Gilweit, contributor Ultimate Painting’s self-titled, debut album is all meat and no bones. While some of the instrumentation is incredibly successful, with very lush guitars and harmonies, Ultimate Painting is an album that, like a lost orphan, doesn’t understand where it comes from. The album opens with a very Creedence Clearwater-ish “Oh, shit! I’m on an exciting road trip!” …

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Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean

Rosa Green, contributor Something about Frazey Ford’s voice is so sweet and sad. She has a beautiful, tipsy, throaty warble that catches the ear and pulls it in. Her new album, Indian Ocean, feels like warmth on a cold winter’s day. She chose the Hi Rhythm Section (staples of the Memphis soul scene) as her backup, and recorded the album …

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Cotillon – Cotillon

Sam Greenspan, contributor The wheel is most assuredly not reinvented on Cotillon’s self-titled record, but it’s certainly not damaged. Imagine if a slightly lower-fi version of The Thermals’ melodies and vocalization and Jack White’s off-kilter ambitions took a couple hits of opium before performing. The crazy thing is, sometimes it works. Occasionally falling prey to tired sound structure, but shooting …

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Young Ejecta – The Planet

Sam Greenspan, contributor If we lived in a perfect society, it would be the norm for heavily bearded men to shout freely and passionately about music like this. Quiet tremors evolve into great quakes in Brooklyn, NY-based Young Ejecta’s The Planet. The vocals and song construction evolve and transform from haunting to irresistibly danceable at a moment’s notice. I won’t …

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Live Show Preview: Teach Me Equals

The debut recording by Teach Me Equals is a bold, visionary glimpse into the future of pop music. The duo combine traditionally orchestral instruments with samples and noise to create dreamlike soundscapes. Greg Bortnichak’s hushed, understated voice is perfectly complimented by bandmate Erin Murphy’s stunningly beautiful vocal delivery. No where is this more evident than the third verse of “Coelacanth” …

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The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader

Cee Cee Hill, contributor The Wytches are a British band from Brighton formed in 2011 and comprised of Kristian Bell, Dan Rumsey, and Gianni Honey. They play what they ironically call “surf doom.” The mixture of rhythms, complemented by heavy guitar, poetic lyrics and the raucous voice of Kristian, create a gorgeous wall of sound. I suspect that to create …

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Noah Wall Print the Legend

Justin Gomes, contributor “Hey, wanna give me a review of this soundtrack for a documentary about 3D printers?” Jeez, again?! It seems like all I do lately is review soundtracks for documentaries about 3D printers. Some of the tracks have a childlike tone with keyboards and birds chirping, reminiscent of traversing Minecraft and the music of C418. It sounded about …

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The Dodos – Individ

Samantha Gilweit, contributor It takes a lot of balls to start an album with a six-minute song, unless it’s jazz or you’re on LSD, or both. However, the latest album from The Dodos, Individ, not only starts with a six minute track, it’s also worth listening to sober. If The Dodos have learned anything from their previous albums, it’s the …

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Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Rosa Green, contributor Thom Yorke has just released his second solo album, and he is just so progressive, man. Remember when you could pay what you wanted for Radiohead’s stellar 2007 release In Rainbows? Well now you can pay a measly six bucks to download Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes on BitTorrent. The album is pleasing but not surprising. It’s unobtrusive and …

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