Foxing delivers a genre-breaking statement with ‘Nearer My God’

So over the past few months I think some folks have gotten the impression that I’ve been more harsh or negative than usual – and while it’s true that I’ve found less albums that I’d say are easy fits for the best of 2018, let’s flip the script a little bit and talk about a […]

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Julia Holter delivers a massive double album, ‘Aviary’

It feels like it’s been longer since the last Julia Holter album than just three years. And I know that sounds a bit strange, given that I don’t really talk about her much – I discovered her discography late in 2015 before giving her album Have You In My Wilderness a slot on my year-end […]

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Robyn makes her comeback to synthpop with ‘Honey’

Even before I knew I was a fan of pop music – hell, before I even had firm context surrounding what pop music was – I was a fan of Robyn. And yes, I know that’s a bizarre thing for me to say, especially coming from someone not from Europe and who only got passing […]

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Tom Krell pivots toward graphic subject matter on How to Dress Well’s ‘The Anteroom’

So I wasn’t expecting this. And if you’ve been following Tom Krell’s career arc as How To Dress Well the past few years, I think that’s a reasonable statement to make, as he’s gradually taken steps away from the misty, melancholic alternative R&B sound to something more pop-friendly, culminating in 2016 with Care, an album […]

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Black Eyed Peas unleash overdue comeback album ‘Masters Of The Sun Vol. 1’

I’ll say it right now, this feels weird. And to explain why, we need to go back to the early 2000s, back to an era where mainstream-accessible alternative hip-hop having received a brief second wind in the late 90s seemed to be fading out again and where a hip-hop trio called the Black Eyed Peas […]

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A venture into Canadian indie country for Colter Wall’s ‘Songs Of The Plains’

I have absolutely no excuse for why I didn’t cover Colter Wall’s album last year. Even given that my schedule has been driven more through Patreon requests than anything over the past two years – still working on refining the details on how to best optimize that, hang tight for 2019 folks – Colter Wall […]

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Now Streaming: You and Me (Whatever) by Crooked Teeth

Photo Credit: Rick Rodney Perfect for fans of Third Eye Blind, Saves The Day and Weezer, “You and Me (Whatever)” is the 3rd featured single off Honey, Crooked Teeth’s latest EP, releasing on November 16th via Rude Records. Lyrics: Want you, I want you back Losing you’s like a heart attack Calm down when you […]

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Greta Van Fleet unveils ironic Led Zeppelin connection with Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Inside: Mark discusses Greta Van Fleet’s debut and reveals his complicated relationship with their most prominent ancestor: Led Zeppelin. I genuinely wish the conversation about this band began and ended with just their recorded output. But it doesn’t – and even putting aside the unmistakable influences, the conversation about Greta Van Fleet’s success on rock […]

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Leader of the Pack • Travis McCrea, Pirate Party of Canada

My friendship with Travis McCrea came at a time back in the Limestone City when I really needed a rock, business or otherwise. Someone motivated who could carry a conversation. Someone with great stories and even greater humor. And there he popped, into the friend requests; a mutual friend of a girl friend and a […]

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Open Mike Eagle releases a sharply layered ‘What Happens When I Try To Relax’

I missed covering the last time Open Mike Eagle put out an EP. And if you know anything about the hip-hop content on this channel and how often Open Mike Eagle has made my year-end list, I won’t be making that mistake again. And really, I’m not sure why I didn’t review A Special Episode […]

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