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Got A Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now

July 24th, 2014
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A Dramatic Duet

Enter an unlikely duo: first, Dan the Automator (Daniel Nakamura), who has produced hip-hop and alternative albums by Kool Keith, DJ Shadow, Head Automatica, Kasabian and the first Gorillaz record, among others. Then enter actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the brunette who stole Michael Cera’s heart in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, who’s appeared in a smattering of big-name films like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Live Free or Die Hard, and Final Destination 3. The two met on the set of Scott Pilgrim, where Dan was working on the score and Winstead was the leading lady, and apparently hit it off enough to want to write a record together under the name Got A Girl. Read more…

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Woman’s Hour – Conversations

July 16th, 2014
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The Art of Subtlety

Don’t confuse Woman’s Hour, a four-piece group of Cumbria natives based in London, with the BBC radio program of the same name. While the band might have lifted their moniker from the radio show, the similarities stop there. Though frontwoman and vocalist Fiona Burgess has a background in drama studies, with Woman’s Hour she channels her acting expertise into the band’s music, crafting swooning, often dreamy electropop with hints of New Wave that has earned comparisons to the likes of The xx and Beach House. On Conversations, the band’s debut album out this week on Secretly Canadian, Woman’s Hour invite listeners to sit and stay a while, and listen. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in Reviews

How To Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?”

June 24th, 2014
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Stylish and Suave

How To Dress Well (AKA the sensitive songwriter and philosopher-in-training Tom Krell) poses a question on his third album—he explores a new, tentative reach toward something that sounds suspiciously like happiness, like pop. Leaving behind the ambient, atmospheric electronica of his critically acclaimed sophomore album Total Loss (2012), Krell ventures softly in a different direction. Read more…

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The Antlers – Familiars

June 19th, 2014
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Ultimate Chill

Brooklyn-based croonsters The Antlers release their fifth full-length album, Familiars, this week—and it certainly provides a familiar, recognizable sound. The Antlers have developed a reputation for creating sweet indie tunes replete with lush orchestration, and Familiars doesn’t disappoint. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Howling Bells – Heartstrings

June 11th, 2014
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Country, Blues, Rock, and Gloom

Howling Bells is a strangely apt name for this Australian quartet, who released their fourth album Heartstrings this week: take the pealing of bells, a sound that connotes sweetness, or maybe urgency, but in either case a smooth, clear and ringing note. Smash it against “howling,” and you’ve got the sometimes gritty, almost always melodic sound of Howling Bells. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in Reviews

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

May 29th, 2014
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State of Transition

With Are We There, Sharon Van Etten has four studio albums under her belt—no small feat. The New Jersey native turned Brooklynite singer-songwriter released her debut album in 2009 (titled Because I Was In Love), but it was with 2012’s Tramp that she really caught the music world’s attention. Tramp had an indie all-star cast: it was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, with contributions from Dessner’s twin Bryce (also of The National), Zach Condon (Beirut), Julianna Barwick, Matt Barrick (Walkmen), and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, among others. But on Are We There, produced by Stewart Lerman (who’s worked with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent and Regina Spektor), Van Etten moves away from the guitar-driven tunes on her previous releases, transitioning toward something a little more her own. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in Reviews

Lykke Li – I Never Learn

May 6th, 2014
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The Soundtrack to Your Break Up

When Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li burst into the American music scene in 2008 with her debut LP Youth Novels, she seemed like the next up-and-coming Scandinavian pop star—quirky and individualistic, with an album full of songs produced by Björn Yttling, one-third of the hip trio Peter, Björn, and John. But on I Never Learn, Li’s compact third album, there’s little upbeat pop to be found. Read more…

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Pixies – Indie Cindy

April 29th, 2014
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Don’t Call It a Comeback

The Pixies are a band with a huge, looming reputation—they’re one of the most loved bands to come out of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s—and their fans await their work with equally huge expectations, especially since they haven’t released a full-length record since 1991’s Trompe le Monde. But even considering this album isolated from the Pixies’ previous material, as its own product of a new decade and a new lineup (as the band is now minus former bassist Kim Deal and plus Paz Lenchantin), it sadly disappoints. Read more…

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TEEN – The Way and Color

April 23rd, 2014
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Chilled Out

On their second full-length album The Way and Color, Brooklyn quartet TEEN delve deep into the realm of psychedelia-influenced pop, infusing their songs with winding, colorful melodies that will leave you wishing for a real modern day Woodstock, headbands and peace signs (and maybe some glow sticks) and all. Read more…

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The Both – The Both

April 15th, 2014
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A Happy, Harmonious Union

Ted Leo (of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) and singer-songwriter Aimee Mann might not seem like the most obvious match, but the pair formed a fast friendship after touring together last year and decided to cement their newfound camaraderie with a collaboration called The Both. Leo and Mann release their self-titled debut as The Both this week on Mann’s own SuperEgo Record. Despite the seeming disparity between their styles and previous work, this is a sweet, incredibly harmonious union of two of today’s veteran musicians that pushes their talents in a new direction. Read more…

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