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CMJ Day One Part Two – Secret Chiefs 3 Perform at Le Poisson Rouge

October 22nd, 2014
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The CMJ Music Marathon has brought some of the most talented musicians into the festival like the Secret Chiefs 3 who performed at the Le Poisson Rouge.

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By Megan Hatfield Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

CMJ Day One Part One – Casual Sex and September Girls

October 22nd, 2014
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The CMJ 2014 so far is starting out right. It has been a very eventful day, as bands like Casual Sex and The September Girls performed songs from their latest albums.

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By Megan Hatfield Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Bass Drum Of Death – Rip This

October 22nd, 2014
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A Garage Anthem

Rip This is the latest project from Bass Drum Of Death. The opening track, “Electric,” brings you into the garage with the duo from Mississippi, right next to the dusty skis and that untouched treadmill. Bass Drum Of Death sounds more like the good ole boys from across the pond than something out of the deep south. What they do, they do well. Two to four minute tracks, a handful of chords, break downs and plenty angsty lyrics about being “Out for blood.” It is what one looks for in a garage band. Read more…

By Patrick Leone Posted in Reviews

SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land

October 22nd, 2014
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A Better Way To Fall

Wonder Where We Land is like jumping out of a plane. You have an idea of where SBTRKT’s second full-length studio album might drop you but as you float through it the terrain becomes more uncertain. None of the potential drop zones are frightening or harmful, but vastly different. You could end up on a soulful piano melody, a speedy dance tune or even on a strange disorienting interlude. SBTRKT has given us the opportunity to jump into something fantastic. Read more…

By Patrick Leone Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Greylag – Greylag

October 22nd, 2014
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Like Led Zeppelin, but from Oregon

On first listen, from beginning to end, you get the impression that the members of Greylag are very serious about being very serious musicians. This initial impression is solidified as you look around for information about the band. There are a handful of brooding pictures, an oblique write-up on their label’s website, a few unplugged sessions on YouTube and a few extended interviews. Read more…

By Chris Ernt Posted in Reviews

Maggie Bjorklund – Shaken

October 21st, 2014
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Death and the Pedal Steel

What we have in Maggie Björklund’s sophomore album Shaken is, at its core, a rumination on death by way of what can be described as pedal steel guitar with a Danish twist. The Danish twist is a simplified way of describing Björklund’s approach to this instrument. Her style of playing is dramatically different from what most would be used to hearing. Read more…

By Jared Schultz Posted in Reviews

Gorgon City – Sirens

October 21st, 2014
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A UK House Music Sample Plate

Gorgon City is the UK production duo of Kye “Foamo” Gibbon and Matt “RackNRuin” Robson-Scott. Their latest release, Sirens, is a collection of the singles and various tracks they’ve produced. Each track on the album features a different artist, in which Robson-Scott and Gibbon are writers/producers. Given this layout, Gorgon City delivers a color wheel of house music. While each track is different in its own sense, each carries a distinct Gorgon City watermark. Read more…

By Jeremy Rellosa Posted in Reviews

Ani DiFranco – Allergic to Water

October 21st, 2014
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This is Me, Sincerely

A quintessential feminist icon of the music world and beyond, Ani DiFranco is no stranger to records showcasing her dedication to independent, smart and political music. Under the umbrella of the folk genre, which DiFranco broadly defines as an “attitude” rather than simply just a genre, Allergic to Water captures DiFranco’s signature style–honesty, seriousness and musicality. Read more…

By Renee Fabian Posted in Reviews

Kasabian – 48:13

October 20th, 2014
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Rowdy Electro-Rock?

Kasabian is a band known for their electronic-tinged rock – a kind that’s beat-heavy and full. Some would even call it danceable. They’re best represented by their hook-driven singles like “Club Foot,” “Fire” and “Underdog”. For their fifth album, 48:13 is a well-produced album – each track seems polished and listened with a careful ear. Read more…

By Jeremy Rellosa Posted in Reviews

Paloma Faith – A Perfect Contradiction

October 20th, 2014
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The Many Faces of Paloma

Considering the UK’s affinity for soul and retro singers like Adele, Amy Winehouse and Duffy, it should be no surprise that Paloma Faith is the next.  Her newest album, A Perfect Contradiction, is a great mix of retro Motown, pop beats and a powerhouse voice.  With the help from collaborators that include producer/singer Pharrell and Raphael Saadiq, Faith creates a reincarnation of the 50s and 60s soul era. Read more…

By Stefanie Martinez Posted in Reviews