Album Of The Week: Kamaiyah Got It Made

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Kamaiyah-Got-It-MadeKamaiyah made a song with Travis Scott. She made a song with Quavo and Tyga. She made a song with Schoolboy Q. None of them worked out. It’s easy enough to see why Kamaiyah, a rap artist with a major-label deal and an internet buzz, would make those moves. More »

Album Of The Week: Kvelertak Splid

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Kvelertak-SplidWhen was the last time a band switched lead singers without slowing down? Throughout rock history, there’s plenty of precedent for this kind of thing. It’s happened again and again: Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC, Genesis, Van Halen, Iron Maiden. In each of those situations, the band became radically different after the big change-up. Plenty … More »

Album Of The Week: Envy The Fallen Crimson

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Envy-The-Fallen-CrimsonNobody likes the second season of Friday Night Lights. On the scale of generally-acknowledged television failures, those 15 episodes have gone down in history somewhere between season five of The Wire and the extended death-rattle ending of Game Of Thrones. Friday Night Lights, which had been so grounded and moving and intensely emotional in its … More »

Album Of The Week: Frances Quinlan Likewise

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In 2005, Frances Quinlan put out her first album under the name Hop Along, Queen Ansleis. She recorded it in the summer between her freshman and sophomore years at the Maryland Institute College Of Art — hence its title, Freshman Year — and she handed it out on CD-Rs at the house shows … More »

Album Of The Week: Andy Shauf The Neon Skyline

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Andy Shauf - The Neon SkylineAndy Shauf would rather be the storyteller than the story, but his is worth retelling. Shauf, 33, spent his twenties slowly rising out of Regina, Saskatchewan, a city of just over 200,000 in the midst of Canadian flyover country. Landlocked amongst endless prairies and forests, Regina has not generated many musicians of note. More »

Album Of The Week: The Innocence Mission See You Tomorrow

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The Innocence Mission are unheralded masters of folk. The Lancaster, PA group has been around for over three decades, but they’ve mostly operated on the periphery. For those familiar with them, the band is a deeply regarded treasure, but they’re also under-appreciated by far too many. In the ’90s, they had a brief brush with … More »

Album Of The Week: Georgia Seeking Thrills

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The best dance songs are about dancing. Dance music is self-referential: Here is a song about dancing that will make you dance. It’s a simple transaction. There’s a magic to it, an acknowledgement that the song is a tool for you to use to free yourself. “About Work The Dancefloor,” the highlight from … More »

Album Of The Week: Duster Duster

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Duster aren’t the only band rising from the dead this week. Melbourne garage-punks Eddy Current Suppression Ring are releasing their first album in nearly a decade, the cheekily-titled All In Good Time, also a worthwhile listen. They’re both recent examples of bands coming back after an extended absence to fanfare by those that … More »

Album Of The Week: Burial Tunes 2011-2019

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Burial - Tunes 2011-2019Before dubstep meant Skrillex and “Turn Down For What” and all manner of EDM excess, it meant Burial. Or at least that’s what it meant to me, the ignorant American for whom glowing reviews of a then-anonymous William Bevan became a functional equivalent to the pirate radio broadcasts that informed his sound. Every genre has … More »

Album Of The Week: Red Death Sickness Divine

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Red-Death-Sickness-DivineDC punk bands don’t last. It’s a cliché, but it’s true. The city of Washington, DC has left a seismic impact on American punk rock over the last four decades or so. But with a few prominent exceptions, the District’s best punk bands have a way of flaming out after an album or two. Sometimes, … More »