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The Soil & the Sun – Wake Up, Child (2011)

The recent trends in psychedelia gravitate more toward the sprawling trebly end of things, beds of sound instead of pointed guitar attacks. This can sometimes lead to an almost complete lack of definition, a sense of sea-sickne...
 
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TV Girl – Benny and the Jetts (2011)

What makes a piece of art good? What makes a piece of art useful? I would maintain that the major component is in the art’s making some tendency of the imagination tangible, to give it heft and definition. Marshall McLuha...

 
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Teenburger – Burgertime (2011)

Nostalgia, always a component in hip hop’s later fare, has taken a new flavor of late. Nostalgia in ‘90s hip hop was largely reactionary, a response to the breakout popularity of the gangsta rap genre. Their nostalgia for...
 
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Quichenight – Quichenight I (2011)

Quichenight I, the first album by Boston native Brett Rosenberg's band Quichenight, is an enjoyable mix of laid-back acoustic guitar strumming, keyboard harmonies, and quirky yet unpretentious lyrics in the vein of Scott McCaug...

 
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Pop’s Creepiest Treasures: Lost and Found

Pop music, never known for its subtlety and largely celebrated for its lack thereof, is a particularly fertile rose bed of wrong. This compilation takes a look at some of the most memorable (and unheard) examples, with inventiv...
 
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That’s Not Me: Best of the Beach Bastards

Let’s start with a cliché; why not? These are the building blocks of popular music. In the balancing act each song represents, the scales are always tilted heavily in one direction to allow for monolithic (both in the religious...

 
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Grass Widow – Past Time (2010)

There are occasions in the girl group canon when the genre, so wholly given over to the ephemeral, will unwittingly create something briefly sublime. These moments are so fleeting that they often won't even encompass the entire...