Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount's Five Letters From Far Away
Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount’s Five Letters From Far Away
January 3, 2013 in MusicReviews

Five Letters From Far Away, the new album from Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount, is a cosmic pop journey, space exploration through a dance-party sector of the universe.

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The Royal Violent Birds - Barry Brusseau
The Royal Violent Birds – Barry Brusseau
December 26, 2012 in MusicReviews

Stripped of loud guitars and surface fluff, he maneuvered into the subtle rather than the over-stated.

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The Rubbish Zoo
The Rubbish Zoo
September 24, 2012 in MusicReviews

Feeling like you’re in a funk? The Rubbish Zoo can take care of that.

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Topographies - Liz Rognes
Topographies – Liz Rognes
August 16, 2012 in MusicReviews

It’s this honesty that shines through the entire album. Liz Rognes is a woman who is not afraid of her own self, her strengths and her flaws, and she sings her truth in a voice of redemption …

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Cardiology - Sara Jackson Holman
Cardiology – Sara Jackson Holman
July 24, 2012 in MusicReviews

Sara spent a full seven months in the recording studio, and you can hear in the results the time and effort involved to fully process her music …

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Roaming Herds of Buffalo
Roaming Herds of Buffalo
May 14, 2012 in MusicReviews

The album crosses realms of a less audacious Modest Mouse, a Decemberist without the pretension, or an Aqueduct beyond synth; the production, a crisp sheen on a bulging, morphous creature of pop-rock.

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Charles - Martha! Mother
Charles – Martha! Mother
February 23, 2012 in MusicReviews

With some debt to post-rock, Martha! Mother isn’t afraid of crescendos, musical and emotional. What sets them apart is when they combine it with the intimacy and fuzziness of a 4-track recording. If this all sounds messy, in practice it isn’t because of a heaping dose of restraint.

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After All This Time - Lo Fi
After All This Time – Low Fi
February 3, 2012 in MusicReviews

Gone is the overcast, coffee simmered survival mechanistic humor; this is a sound not of salty skyscrapers but of a land left wilder, the sound of a handful of speeding cars on I-84 at midnight.

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How Hard a Heart of Gold Can Be EP - James Apollo
How Hard a Heart of Gold Can Be EP – James Apollo
February 1, 2012 in MusicReviews

..the EP is an aural glimpse of a ghost, an Americana wanderer searching for a frontier that disappeared in the gaudy neon of the modern world.

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The Unknown - Animal Sound
The Unknown – Animal Sound
May 12, 2011 in MusicReviews

This is a record that will make you want to take a long pull on a cigarette and stare, brooding, into the western horizon. It captures the messiness of life: love, pain, death, anger, and hunger but in such a way you’ll finish listening to the ten tracks and want more.

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