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Much of the inspiration for Gulp's latest album came from the band's road trip through the Golden State, and you'll definitely feel the heat of the California sun coming off of these tracks.  Their style hearkens back to the time when psychedelic pop had just discovered analog synths. Season Sun's opening track, "Game Love," is a good example of Gulp's penchant for vintage electronica, as a warbling Moog backs a cascade of shimmering guitars and Lindsey ... Read More
  Jenny Lewis is one of my favorite musicians of all time. I didn’t think my love for this maven could’ve grown any more after years of touring as one-half of my favorite band Rilo Kiley, her very successful solo albums Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins: Rabbit Fur Coat and Acid Tongue, or the fact that she played Phyllis Nefler’s daughter in the cult classic Troop Beverly Hills.But she’s topped everything, and the Internet might just ... Read More
Nikki Lane met Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at her pop-up vintage clothing stall. She was wearing a hunting jacket he wanted to buy. It turned into a case of being in the right place at the right time. Auerbach ended up producing Lane’s sophomore album All Or Nothin’, a collaboration nothing short of sensational. The 13-track record starts of with “Right Time”, an outlaw anthem that showcases Lane’s bluesy soul and country attitude. ... Read More
What did you do last night? Did you go to bed early? That's cute. While you were sleeping, Beyoncé dropped a new album on all of our heads, complete with 17 music videos and a song "featuring Blue Ivy," thus eliminating the need for Christmas this year and forever, because now we have a new holiday on December 13, and it's called Beyuletide.  Her fifth LP is titled Beyoncé, which of course, because why would you call an album anything else ... Read More
  It feels right…it feels right…Oh!   This morning I awoke to see that NPR had posted the full stream of Haim’s new album, “Days Are Gone.” The girl group has deservedly been getting a lot of press lately. "Days Are Gone" sounds like a glorious blend of my favorite girl groups. The album includes singles that have been securing them spots at Glastonbury, but other tracks also offer something different. "Days are Gone" has ... Read More
It's been awhile since we've heard any new music from the feminist punk legend (half a year to be exact), but it was well worth the wait. "Oh Come On" is a high-energy, fuzzed out punk song that showcases the Bikini Kill members' talents that we've come to love so deeply. (Kathi Wilcox of BK is slappin' da bass, while drummer Carmine Covelli, guitarist Sara Landeau, and keyboardist Kenny Mellman cover the rest of the bases in the Julie Ruin.) Hanna's powerful ... Read More
You might recognize Eleanor Friedberger as one half of experimental indie-pop duo the Fiery Furnaces. After the band went on hiatus in 2011, Eleanor didn't stop singing, and began working hard on her debut solo album, Last Summer. After the success of the NYC-inspired record, she set out to create a collection of songs that are more relatable and universal than her last. I'd say she hit the nail on the head with Personal Record (out June 4 on Merge), where you'll ... Read More
On October 2nd, Beth Orton will release Sugaring Season, her first album in six years, and make her Anti- Records debut. Sugaring Season was recorded in Portland, Oregon, with producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists). With its deeply lyrical songwriting and newfound expressivity of voice, the album demonstrates Orton’s daring synthesis of her broad musical influences into a powerfully individual artistic vision. "I stretched myself as a ... Read More
After a nearly two year hiatus, Tori Amos returns to the music world with Night of Hunters, a classical concept album. The September 20th release is Tori’s 12th album and first release on  Deutsche Grammophon. Taking inspirations from classical composers ranging from Bach and Schubert to Grandos and Satie, Amos updates the music tradition by putting her own modern spin on songs of love, loss, and finally acceptance and forgiveness. Amos herself ... Read More
Like deluxe sundaes from the sky that we’ve all been waiting for, Cherrytree/Interscope has announced that Feist will be dropping her highly anticipated album, Metals, on October 4th. This twelve-piece album comes four years after her internationally acclaimed The Reminder, which sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide and provided one of the best soundtracks to an Apple iPod Nano commercial. Feist co-produced the project with longtime collaborators Chilly ... Read More
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