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  • Review: Brandi Carlile's 'By the Way, I Forgive You' Is Righteous Americana
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    Cozy up to the year's early standout: On her sixth LP, veteran songwriter Brandi Carlile teams up with co-producers Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb for a moving and righteous piece of Americana-infused pop. Across the 10-track LP, the folk-tinged singer belts with gusto, whether offering nostalgic, harmonized forgiveness on album opener "Everytime I Hear That Song" or a shoulder to cry on withThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Brandi Carlile's 'By the Way, I Forgive You' Is Righteous Americana […]

  • Review: Superchunk, Purple-State Punks, Take It to Trump on Their Best Album in Years
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    When Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, something snapped inside the members of Superchunk. As they watched "deplorables" take cabinet positions and alt-right Nazis align, the veteran indie-rockers had a visceral reaction. The band members, four liberal-minded musicians who have called purple-state North Carolina their home since they formed in 1989, wrote all of the record's songs in aThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Superchunk, Purple-State Punks, Take It to Trump on Their Best Album in Years […]

  • Review: Belle and Sebastian Deliver Bright Pop Throwbacks, a Few Left-Field Moves
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    Belle and Sebastian might not be able to solve all our problems (as the title of their latest implies), but they can handle the ones that involve a lack of witty, tuneful indie-pop. This 15-track set offers a tasting menu of the Scottish band’s strengths. Would you like a bittersweet ballad about that autumn feeling? They've got you ("Fickle Season"). A glammed-up strut about faith andThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Belle and Sebastian Deliver Bright Pop Throwbacks, a Few Left-Field Moves […]

  • Review: Britain's New Jazz Vanguard Is Funky, Vibrant, Fun and May Cross Over
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    Various Artists, We Out Here | *** 1/2Nubya Garcia, Nubya's 5ive | ****Ashley Henry & the Re:Ensemble, Easter EP | *** 1/2The question of who will "save" jazz – a music that celebrated a century on record in 2017 – is one that getsThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Britain's New Jazz Vanguard Is Funky, Vibrant, Fun and May Cross Over […]

  • Review: Kendrick Lamar Goes Superhero-Producer on 'Black Panther' Soundtrack
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    It's not every day that the marketing machinations of a multibillion-dollar Walt Disney subsidiary align with the utopian imagination of the black artistic and intellectual vanguard. But we live in strange times. Thus Black Panther, the latest entry in the Marvel superhero movie universe, which arrives amid Star Wars-level hype. The Black Panther soundtrack album has beenThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Kendrick Lamar Goes Superhero-Producer on 'Black Panther' Soundtrack […]

  • Review: Dashboard Confessional, Emo Icon, Makes Stadium-Size Return
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    So much has come to pass in the 15 years since Dashboard Confessional propelled his strummy perpetually wounded boyhood drama to its Gold-record apex. Emo is now the province of Soundcloud rappers, righteous girls, and Drake. Chris Carrabba made his name at the tail-end of the Nineties singing (and shrieking) about winning (and losing) a girl, and now he returns with CrookedThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Dashboard Confessional, Emo Icon, Makes Stadium-Size Return […]

  • Review: MGMT Rediscover the Electric Feel for 'Little Dark Age'
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    You can never go home again, especially when home is your college dorm room. On their fourth LP, the studio scientists of MGMT do a great job evoking the fizzy, dizzy New Wave psychedelia of mid-00s hits like "Kids" and "Electric Feel," songs the duo cooked up while still at school at Wesleyan University. With their mix of poker-faced irony, lightly exotic sonics and neo-hippie whimsy, thoseThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: MGMT Rediscover the Electric Feel for 'Little Dark Age' […]

  • Review: Franz Ferdinand Return and the Dapper Crew Wants to Dance
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  • Review: Rhye Gently Returns Years After the Alt-R&B Buzz
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    The widespread acclaim for Rhye's 2012 debut album Woman was a bit of a fluke. Much of the viral fascination surrounding the project concerned Mike Milosh's incandescently fragile and feminine voice. Cannily, Polydor initially withheld biographical details of the two men behind the project – Milosh and producer Robin Hannibal, who apparently recorded the songs during a few fruitfulThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Rhye Gently Returns Years After the Alt-R&B Buzz […]

  • Review: Justin Timberlake Heads for the Country (Sort of) on 'Man of the Woods'
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    On his fifth album, Justin Timberlake continues to stay dedicated to Timbaland/Neptunes futuresex beats and his familiar lovesound come-ons that have made him the biggest male pop star of his generation. But, as its title implies, much of Man of the Woods also comes with the moonshine-and-mason-jar glisten of country, blues and folk. You might expect a smooth guy like JT to use thisThis article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Justin Timberlake Heads for the Country (Sort of) on 'Man of the Woods' […]