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Album Review: Howlin Rain ‘Mansion Songs’

Album Review: Howlin Rain ‘Mansion Songs’

We last heard from Howlin Rain on 2012’s sprawling The Russian Wilds. It was an album written, arranged and meticulously recorded over five years and executive produced by industry icon Rick Rubin. While it lacked the copious amounts of cocaine and relationship turmoil, the record…

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Album Review: Jay-Z Goes Grandiose on ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’

Album Review: Jay-Z Goes Grandiose on ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’

Jay-Z’s twelfth studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, arrives with plenty of hype following a blitz marketing campaign and an unorthodox partnership with a global technology company.

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First Impressions of Yeezus, the New Kanye West Album Leaked Today

First Impressions of Yeezus, the New Kanye West Album Leaked Today

Kanye West’s sixth studio album Yeezus, was unexpectedly leaked today, just a few days before the scheduled release date on June 18.

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Album Review: Daft Punk ‘Random Access Memories’

Album Review: Daft Punk ‘Random Access Memories’

Daft Punk delivers its first official album, Random Access Memories, in eight years after the Grammy award-winning electronic duo fanned the flames with endless teasers suggesting a return to music.

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Album Review: DJ Shadow 'The Less You Know, The Better'

Album Review: DJ Shadow 'The Less You Know, The Better'

Creatively spinning music for over twenty years, DJ Shadow is well known for his bending of genres and deep use of samples. His recent fourth studio album The Less You Know, the Better was released this week after a five year hiatus and has been…

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Album Review: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Hysterical"

Album Review: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "Hysterical"

OK, there’s no use burying the lede: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have written a fantastic Killers record. The 12 tracks on Hysterical are a blur, with nothing to grasp onto and little to find memorable.

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Album Review: Neon Indian, “Era Extraña”

Album Review: Neon Indian, “Era Extraña”

Chillwave artist Alan Palomo, known to fans as Neon Indian, is back on the scene with a brilliant sophomore album, Era Extraña.

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Homegrown: The Shants

Homegrown: The Shants

A band is an entity unto itself. Individual. It is more than its members, their histories, and even their creative DNA. Although Skip Allums is from Louisiana, his band The Shants (Oakland, CA) was born right here in Northern California. Homegrown, and the number of…

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Album Review: Little Dragon “Ritual Union”

Album Review: Little Dragon “Ritual Union”

The Swedish electro-soul quartet, Little Dragon, returns with a soulful third album, “Ritual Union.” This album couples the futuristic R&B sound of their first album with the synthesized electronic beats from 2009’s “Machine Dreams.”

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Album Review: Portugal. The Man

Album Review: Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man is back at it with their sixth album in six years, In the Mountain In the Cloud.

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Album Review: Junior Boys, It's All True

Album Review: Junior Boys, It's All True

The Canadian indie-electro duo, Junior Boys, is back with a new album, It’s All True, available today on iTunes. Made up of original member Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus, Junior Boys are known for a funky, synth-pop style that is sure to make listeners bop…

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Album Review: John Vanderslice

Album Review: John Vanderslice

John Vanderslice – White Wilderness Released on Dead Oceans January 25, 2011 John Vanderslice is the Timmy Lincecum of the San Francisco music scene. Though slightly older and favoring a croquet mallet to a baseball bat, Vanderslice is just as much of a hometown hero…

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