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Artist: Ariel Pink Album: Dedicated to Bobby Jameson Label: Mexican Summer Release Date: September 15, 2017 Rating:     From the first ten seconds of gated vocals and drum machine blasts on Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, it’s immediately clear what Ariel Pink is going for. Pink’s ability to perfectly encapsulate a period in music and […]

Title: American Dream Artist: LCD Soundsystem Label: DFA Records/Columbia Records Release Date: September 1, 2017 Rating:     James Murphy has been losing his edge for nigh on two decades, and throughout that time, he has managed to make every twist and turn of that downward spiral of street cred and old DJ gear look effortlessly […]

Title: Everything Now Artist: Arcade Fire Record Label: Arcade Fire Music under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited Release Date: July 29, 2017 Rating: There are two ways to look at this new Arcade Fire album, Everything Now. It can be seen as a total departure from the grand indie rock of the […]

Artist: Aaliyah Album: Aaliyah Label: Blackground Records Date: 7/17/2001 Rating: It’s been 16 years since the release of Aaliyah’s third and final studio album before her death. Simply titled “Aaliyah,” the album was her most experimental effort blending together genres such as R&B, Neo- Soul, Pop, dance-pop and even adding in elements of rock and […]

Title: Feed the Machine Artist: Nickelback Record Label: Nickelback II Productions, Inc. Release Date: June 16, 2017 Rating: Every Friday afternoon, I reserve some time to browse through the week’s new music releases. This past Friday, Spotify’s New Releases page was abound with albums and singles from many of today’s top artists. Lorde released her […]

Title: Rocket Artist: (Sandy) Alex G Label: Domino Records Release Date: May 19, 2017 Rating:     Alex Giannascoli’s real-time maturation has been one of indie rock’s most rewarding and fascinating threads to follow in the last few years. Following the unfortunate setback of a legally-required stage name change – from the paltry simplicity of Alex […]

Title: Humanz Artist: Gorillaz Record Label:Parlophone, Warner Bros. Release Date: April 28, 2017 Rating:        Everyone’s favorite virtual band is back, delivering 26 (that’s a lot!) new songs on their fifth studio album Humanz.  Among those 26 tracks are several of the year’s best pop tunes and a ton of excellent features.  However, such […]

  Album: All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ Artist: Joey Bada$$ Label: Cinematic/Pro Era Release: April 7, 2017 Rating:   Joey Bada$$ has carved out an enviable niche for himself in hip-hop. The torchbearing figurehead of New York’s boom-bap revival has emerged as one of the genre’s eminent traditionalists, extolling the virtues of “real rap” in the face of hip-hop’s imminent […]

Title: Ghost In The Bottle Artist: Kitchen Dwellers Record Label: Independent Release Date: April 21st, 2017 Rating: Friday, Kitchen Dwellers released their second studio album Ghost in the Bottle. This is the band’s first studio release since their self-titled album produced four years ago. The bluegrass fellas celebrated their 11-track album debut at Colorado’s Fox […]

Album: DAMN. Artist: Kendrick Lamar Label: Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Release: April 14, 2017 Score:     There was never any second album, and that’s a good thing. The odyssey of DAMN., Kendrick Lamar’s fourth LP and the followup to 2015’s lauded To Pimp a Butterfly, began with the surprise drop of “The Heart Pt. 4” in late […]


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