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Karen O – Crush Songs

A sparse acoustic record about longing, loss, and other love related maladies.  Karen O has released an interesting collection of lo-fi songs entitled Crush Songs. Clearly the disc is about crushing on someone. In the way Karen expresses it, the crush feels excruciating, bitter, empty, at times ...

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Robyn Hitchcock’s ‘The Man Upstairs’

The cover is a skeleton in a hat, sitting at a desk looking upward. 10 songs, 38 minutes. A lean release. Instrumented with some strings. Primarily Robyn singing, with his typical poetic writing sung over what sounds like an acoustic guitar. The joy when listening to Robyn Hitchcock albums are ...

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Kevin Drew’s solo effort ‘Darlings’

Life, death, love, heartbreak. and an awe for all the mystery that is life. This is Kevin Drew at his most introspective. He’s looking the future in the face, the prospect of loss, change, and the unknown. But he’s embracing it, wistfully. The new Kevin Drew album is a doozy. If you’re familiar ...

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FMMF Day 2 recap

Today, 2 weeks after the festival, I'm still reflecting on what an experience the weekend was. So I'm going to try to chat a bit about day 2 of Fashion Meets Music Festival. This will strictly address the music. I arrived at the festival grounds midday to the grooves of Hydra Melody. These guys ...

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Worst Kept Secret Fest VI preview: Happy Tooth & Dug

Do you like quirky hip hop? Well, you might after checking out Happy Tooth and Dug. Thoughtful lyrics, outside-the-box instrumentation, and grooves are sure to rope in the casual listener. I'm getting somewhat of a John Reuben vibe actually (let's see how many people who read this know who that is). ...

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Playing to Vapors releases a video for Ghost Hunter

Playing to Vapors has a new video out, for a song called Ghost Hunter. This is one of the strongest efforts of a music video in recent memory, by any band that I can remember. The video is presented contemporarily and competitively, on a scale that seems intended for more than just our market ...

Single reactions (reviews)

Single reactions (reviews)

Small Reactions - "Saint in Robes":This band mixes emo sensibility with shoegaze amplification. Emotional and LOUD. Pensive, happy, and a head banger at once. I love the guitar swells.  I want to hear more. Does this make you want ...