Album Reviews

Night Beats
Album Review: Night Beats chases off the apocalypse with a cosmic trip on “Outlaw R&B”

A fever-dream from the apocalypse: Night Beats new album Outlaw R&B is a raucous ode to the outcasts — the titular outlaws that go against the grain with whom Danny Lee Blackwell has always had an affinity for. But the backdrop of Night Beats dusty, gritty backroads where their psychedelic rock and R&B tinged influences […]

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Steven Ward |
Mustafa Retrofits the tradition of Folk Music with Harrowing Debut Release “When Smoke Rises”

Taking the mourning and sorrow he heard in folk music from the likes of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, acclaimed Toronto musician and poet Mustafa constructs modern folk adjacent music addressing issues that affect him as a young, Muslim Black man. Hoping to create a similar raft of expression and freedom for those like him, […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Start your week and close your month with this new album release featuring Mdou Moctar, Livingmore, BIIG PIIG, Mustafa and Mannequin Pussy. From guitar-slaying Saharan music, to catchy indie rock and enchanting folk-soul hybrids -- press play on all 5 albums this week. You can't go wrong with any of these stellar album releases.
Mannequin Pussy Breaks Through Pandemic Fueled Doldrums By Releasing New EP ‘Perfect’

One spectacular human trait is the ability to bounce back after extreme life changes or hardship. As everyone continues to deal with their own forms of societal and personal reckoning thanks to the isolation and confusion caused by the covid-19 pandemic, Philadelphia indie punk band Mannequin Pussy are excited to get back to work and […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Mereba
Mereba finds exceptional strength and love on AZEB EP

With warrior-poet intensity, Los Angeles singer/songwriter Mereba opens her AZEB EP with the defiant track “Aye.” On it, the sharp-tongued rapper hypes herself up against the war that is everyday life — but even at her most volatile, Mereba carefully draws her strength from her resilience rather than itchy combativeness. “I’m tryna master peace,” she […]

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Steven Ward |
Poolside
Dive in to Poolside’s blissful summer soundtrack with “High Season” LP

Poolside‘s Jeffrey Paradise has brought together an essential mix of summer-ready jams aboard his High Season LP, a companion album of sorts to last year’s Low Season. The nine-song collection brings together all the euphoric and mesmerizing electronica Poolside is known for with an eclectic cast of collaborators, resulting in a variety of new songs […]

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Steven Ward |
Start your week and close your month with this new album release featuring Mdou Moctar, Livingmore, BIIG PIIG, Mustafa and Mannequin Pussy. From guitar-slaying Saharan music, to catchy indie rock and enchanting folk-soul hybrids -- press play on all 5 albums this week. You can't go wrong with any of these stellar album releases.
5 New Albums to Start Your Week featuring Mdou Moctar, Livingmore, BIIG PIIG and more

Start your week and close your month with this new album release featuring Mdou Moctar, Livingmore, BIIG PIIG, Mustafa and Mannequin Pussy. From guitar-slaying Saharan music, to catchy indie rock and enchanting folk-soul hybrids — press play on all 5 albums this week. You can’t go wrong with any of these stellar album releases. Also: […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Current Joys Voyager
Current Joys’ New Album ‘Voyager’ is a Crooning Cruise into the Existential and Moody

In the audiophile film, “High Fidelity,” John Cusack’s character asks the pivotal question to his audience, “What came first? Music, or the misery? … Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” For Current Joys’ creator, Nick Rattigan, it’s the emotions that spark the music, and it’s emotion that propels […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
Unitfp’s Debut Release is a Slow Burning Soliloquy to the Lonely

20-year-old musician Unitfp has been writing music for as long as she can remember. Teaching herself to play the keyboards at a young age, music has been a space of control and steady exploration (something she notes via her stage name which was originally Uni the flying pilot). Inspired by the sounds and melodies of […]

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Sinéad Harnett
Sinéad Harnett shines with vulnerability and self-love on new album ‘Ready Is Always Too Late’

Sinéad Harnett has conjured up a reintroduction in the form of her sophomore album Ready Is Always Too Late, a collection of soul-searching R&B ballads and seamless collaborations that present the Thai and Irish singer as a critical new voice in the genre. Part of that reintroduction process involved a revaluation of her self-worth, with […]

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Steven Ward |
Dodie
Album Review: dodie finds beauty in the struggle on debut “Build A Problem”

There’s a moment on dodie’s debut album Build A Problem in which it becomes apparent that the singer/songwriter, in her search for the right words to encapsulate all the raw and bittersweet moments that define being human, has stumbled upon something inconceivably honest. It comes only a few minutes into the album on a song […]

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Steven Ward |