Rui Gabriel Comes of Age on the Reflective Triumph ‘Compassion’
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by Brian Stout
8h ago
It's not easy to make a record that can soundtrack a barbecue and also provide balm for a dark night of the soul, but Rui Gabriel's solo debut does just that ..read more
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Gracie Abrams and the Secret of Confessional Writing
PopMatters » Indie Pop
by Matthew Dwyer
1w ago
The strong hooks on The Secret of Us provide the missing third dimension to Gracie Abrams' songs and create a winning formula that could sustain more albums.  ..read more
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MUNA’s New Live Album Is a Joyous Hometown Victory
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by Rachel R. Carroll
1w ago
For two nights in Los Angeles, queer indie-pop trio MUNA put on a joyous homecoming concert ten years of dreaming in the making ..read more
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Lake Street Dive Create Obligatory Fun on ‘Good Together’
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by Jeremy Levine
3w ago
While Lake Street Dive trot out their funk and soul instrumentation on Good Together, the record has few genuinely fun or moving moments ..read more
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Steve Dawson Brings a Direct Feel to ‘Ghosts’
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by Chris Ingalls
3w ago
Now armed with a full band, Steve Dawson's songs have more musical heft on Ghosts, resulting in one of his best and more streamlined solo works ..read more
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The Decemberists’ New LP Is a Return to Form
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by Jack Walters
3w ago
The Decemberists straddle between the exotic and quotidian, the real and imagined, to reveal that existence is most interesting when lived in a liminal state ..read more
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Forest Law Debut ‘Zero’ Has Worldly Finesse
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by Adriane Pontecorvo
1M ago
At the center of Forest Law's Zero is his versatile guitar work, through which he variously evokes bossa nova, classic funk, and psychedelic folk ..read more
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“Bee” Here Now: Guided By Voices and 1994’s ‘Bee Thousand’
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by Seth Troyer
1M ago
Guided By Voices emerged from their Dayton, Ohio basement and launched into indie rock on their own terms with the endlessly weird and inspiring Bee Thousand ..read more
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Ugandan Jon Muq’s Music Is Warm and Familiar on ‘Flying Away’
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by Steve Horowitz
1M ago
Jon Muq's voice and presence come off as natural and unaffected. One has to listen carefully to appreciate the breadth and the subtlety of his talents ..read more
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Dehd Take Yet Another Step Forward on ‘Poetry’
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by Patrick Gill
2M ago
Dehd exude a youthful charm that is hard to replicate on Poetry. They are infectious and their sunny melodies and sincerity make their music compelling ..read more
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