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Durand Jones & The Indications: American Love Call

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Durand Jones & The Indications prove with American Love Call that the sounds of 1960s and '70s soul are as beautiful today as they were first time around. The group's second album has great songs, passionate performances and immaculate production.

“Morning in America" is an ambitious opener, establishing American Love Call's updated soul ...

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Dos Monos: Dos City

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Dos Monos' debut album Dos City is a remarkably efficient record. In only 34 minutes, the Japanese experimental hip-hop trio fully realize an alien world with dark production and relentlessly off-kilter performances. Producer and rapper Zo Zhit fills Dos City's instrumentals with jazz samples, jarring vocal snippets and hard-hitting percussion, perfectly riding the line between old ...

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The Grammys' Failure To Recognize 2018's Greatest Rock Records

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If an average music fan was asked to judge the quality of rock music in 2018 based only on the Grammys, they would conclude that rock must not be producing quality records although nothing could be further from the truth. On February 10, 2019, the Grammys awarded From The Fires the coveted title of best rock ...

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Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta: The Bucket List

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The Bucket List, a collaborative album featuring guitarist Phil Keaggy, bassist Tony Levin and drummer Jerry Marotta, is a beautiful collection of lush and diverse instrumental songs. Each musician is an accomplished and talented artist in their own right. Keaggy has been nominated for several Grammys for his performances in contemporary Christian music, and has a ...

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Keaggy, Levin, and Marotta: A Collaborative Album A Decade In The Making

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Veteran musicians Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta spent more than a decade crafting their debut collaborative album, The Bucket List (Self Released, 2019), the unique product of each artist's influences and pedigree.

Marotta played drums and recorded with Peter Gabriel from 1976 to 1986. His introduction to music took the form of ...

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Daughters: You Won't Get What You Want

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You Won't Get What You Want, the fourth album from Rhode Island noise rock outfit Daughters, is one of the year's most engrossing and terrifying albums, despite a few underwhelming tracks and a disappointing finale. Vocalist Alexis Marshall, guitarist Nick Sadler, bassist Sam Walker and drummer Jon Syverson released Daughters' debut, Canada Songs, in 2003, establishing ...

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Young Jesus: The Whole Thing Is Just There

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Young Jesus' sophomore release with Nebraska label Saddle Creek, The Whole Thing Is Just There, is an experimental, improvisational and accessible indie rock trip. The Los Angeles-based art rock quartet of singer and guitarist John Rossiter, keyboardist Eric Shevrin, bassist Marcel Borbon and drummer Kern Haug have been releasing music inspired by Rossiter's Chicago post-rock roots ...

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The O'My's: Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, a neo-soul album from the Chicago duo The O'My's, is a mellow lavishly-arranged gem. Across their third album's half an hour, vocalist and guitarist Maceo Vidal-Haymes and keyboardist Nick Hennessey deliver smooth and subtle instrumentation with evocative vocal performances.

The O'My's shine brightest when working with other Chicago musicians, creating simple, soulful backdrops ...

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Car Seat Headrest: Twin Fantasy

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Car Seat Headrest's Twin Fantasy is an inspiring, emotional, thrillingly composed and powerfully performed indie rock masterwork. After singer/songwriter Will Toledo independently recorded and released five albums under the Car Seat Headrest name, he released the original Twin Fantasy (Self Produced, 2011). This Bandcamp classic overflowed with visceral performances and ambitious songwriting, but the raw vocals ...

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Iglooghost Takes Brave Step Forward With Electronic EPs

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Iglooghost's companion EPs, Steel Mogu and Clear Tamei, both released on August 8, simultaneously overload the senses with chaos and seamlessly coalesce into one challenging, fulfilling step forward for electronica.

Irish-born Seamus Malliagh has earned his reputation as an untameable creative under the Iglooghost name, pumping out densely produced electronic beats ever since the ...