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REVIEWED: Iron & Wine – Ghost on Ghost

The Ghost of a Good Thing By Matt Sam Beam’s latest Iron & Wine production is different, but it’s still money. Ghost on Ghost exhibits a strong stylistic shift towards New Orleans-y jazz and reminds me a bit of Feist’s … Continue reading

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REVIEWED: Dawes – “Stories Don’t End”

This Is an Album by the Band Dawes By Matt There’s an episode of This American Life that investigates the idea of “imitation calamari,” a less-than-savory alternative to the popular fried squid appetizer that’s purportedly being passed off as the real thing … Continue reading

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REVIEWED: IO Echo – “Ministry of Love”

Freshman Orientation By Matt IO Echo’s debut album, Ministry of Love, is good. But it’s not very good. It’s a frustrating listen, because it reaches some exhilarating highs but draws up a sort of middling compromise between shoegaze and dark alt-pop in between. … Continue reading

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REVIEWED: The Story So Far – “What You Don’t See”

Hard Core Parkour! By Matt There’s been a swell in productive output from the “pop-punk-meets-melodic-hardcore” genre in recent years. Bands range from the more pop-punk (Fireworks, Transit) to the more hardcore (Set Your Goals, Title Fight, Such Gold). 2013 is shaping up to … Continue reading

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Matt’s SXSW Recap: Part 1

Check. Check. Check one. Can I get a little more writing skill in the monitors? No? Guess we’ll run with what we have. So, South By Southwest was a thing that I did this year. And because you can volunteer 60 … Continue reading

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REVIEWED: Kacey Musgraves – “Same Trailer Different Park”

Take This to Your Musgraves By Matt With much of the nation’s collective attention last week focused on a member of the popular boy band *NSYNC*, who apparently also has a solo “career**,” a darling lil country girl’s darling lil debut album slid … Continue reading

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REVIEWED: Three Not-Really-an-Album Albums

Quiz time. When is an album not an album? (A) When it’s really a “mixtape”. (B) When it’s a random bunch of B-sides, covers, and demos not included on “actual albums”. (C) When it’s a “collection” of previously unreleased tracks being sold 40+ years after … Continue reading

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