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Send Me Home Like an Elephant Stone

Solo albums usually require a substantial amount of self-sufficiency. There is rarely a source of constancy apart from the main artist’s output, and external contributions can be skeptical because they are often for-hire, resul...
 
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Hiroshi Kono’s Mar Project

To successfully imitate a foreign musical tradition, there must be a regard for both the cultural relevance and stylistic composition of the music. I am not referring to subtle hints of African percussion in dance-pop or the fo...

 
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Foreign Born, LA Bred

Foreign causes are often distinctive enough to warrant recognition on their own. Food is probably the most common instance of this, with the international food industry comprising for a substantial bulk of food sales in the US....
 
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Lee Fields & The Expressions

When I featured the legendary Thom Bell two years ago, it proved to be somewhat contrary to this site’s usual format. I often tend to look at groups whose future has yet to be written, compared to living legends whose past is a...

 
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Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise

Robert Bradley has strayed on both sides of the tracks. From singing on the streets of Detroit to appearing on major-label albums and in high-budget films, he is reflective of artists that maximize even the most humble of circu...
 
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Bowerbirds Fly the Upper Air

Many musicians, regardless of prestige or intellect, tend to emit an appreciation for many varieties of art. They can stand afar as hobbyists of painting or photography, but few are brave enough to venture into being an actual ...

 
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Some Refreshing Pomegranates

It is difficult to criticize naming a band after a fruit. The edible sensations encompass a distinctive color and familiar taste, all while serving as a delightfully refreshing treat that caters to a broad audience. Most people...
 
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The Dubious Ranger’s Weapon

The integration of humor and satire into music can be an incredibly complex process. By coming across as humorous or self-depreciatingly witty, an artist tends to imply a sort of nonchalant demeanor that can either benefit thei...

 
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Armen Firman

If there is one genre that has been weakened by this decade’s demand for simplicity in popular music, alternative-rock likely takes the cake. There are groups like Nickelback and Feeder that constantly attempt to replicate a si...
 
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The Soft Construction of Delay Trees

Even though it sounds painstakingly obvious, a great album must have something that appeals to the listener it so desires to captivate. Whether it has to do with the listener’s stylistic preference or simply some great songwrit...