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Messa – “Babalon”

One of the more interesting lessons of the on-going popularity of “Game of Thrones” is that the kicks to be had from the aesthetics of dark fantasy aren’t just for kids. Mellisandre’s shadow baby, the red wedding, the secrets young Arya Stark has still to learn about the Many-Faced God — these stoke a modern […]

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Those Pretty Wrongs – “Never Goodbye”

Jody Stephens seems pretty grounded for the musical history that follows him. He was the drummer for Big Star, the early-70s power pop group that arguably laid a foundation — jangly guitar, killer hooks, the no-frills pop stance of Britain’s beat groups — for what later became alternative rock. Currently in his 60s and still […]

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Susanna – “Hole”

Norwegian musician Susanna Wallumrød — you can call her Susanna — offers a subdued, elegant track of art-pop on her latest single “Hole.” A veteran recording artist of some dozen albums, Susanna sounds remarkably alert on this track to the artistic possibilities of fusing acoustic and electronic into a highly personalized expression. “Hole” hints at […]

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Tancred – Out of the Garden

Out of nowhere, a new album is pushing all the buttons that MTV’s “120 Minutes” once did back in the 1990s. Tancred play the relentlessly catchy alt-rock that was once the province of so many college-radio bands fronted by smart, ambitious American women. No need to name those bygone groups here — bandleader Jess Abbott […]

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Britta Phillips – “Drive”

It’s the end of March–are you ready for it to be summer already? If you’d like to skip the blooming crocuses, flash freezes, and everything else that goes along with Mud Season (a.k.a., Spring), you can either book a ticket to Tucson or just put Britta Phillips‘ new cover of The Cars’ “Drive” on repeat. […]

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Kevin Morby – “Dorothy”

I’ve been listening to the new Kevin Morby record incessantly for days now – mostly because it’s great, but also to try and figure out how it differs from albums we’ve all heard a million times. Sure, these are atmospheric songs about wanderlust and truth-seeking, and yeah, you will easily recognize Morby’s influences throughout, but the music […]

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Night Moves – Pennied Days

Some of us remember traveling in the backseats of family cars on long road trips, leaning over to punch the radio pre-sets and dial in a goldmine of early 1970s soft rock. “Jackie Blue,” “I Want to Make It With You,” “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace),” “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head”: the playlist […]

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The Dandy Warhols – “STYGGO”

The acronymic (yes, I did just use that word) meaning of this song title is becoming my mantra: Some Things You Gotta Get Over. And especially during this time of crazed election crap-assery, I’ve been searching for something to latch onto or breathe through or what have you. More than that, though, this tune—the second […]

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