THE BIG UPS- BEFORE A MILLION UNIVERSES
Throwback angry, post-punk that sounds like the mid-nineties.
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CLAMS CASINO- 32 LEVELS
Inconsistent, but top heavy debut release by influential hip hop producer. The rap tracks hit hardest.
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BRANDY CLARK- BIG DAY IN A SMALL TOWN
Sophomore record by successful country songwriter takes Clark one more step toward country fame as a singer as well.
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FRANKIE COSMOS- NEXT THING
Twee-punk sophomore album from daughter of Kevin Kline & Phoebe Cates offers up short two minute songs with hooks and philosophical insights.
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CYMBALS EAT GUITARS- PRETTY YEARS
Fourth album by indie-rock former buzz band who is now very under the radar is one of their best.
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DIIV- IS THE IS ARE
Second album by Brooklyn band sits midway between dream pop and shoegaze; overall sound rules over songs though a few like “Dopamine” and “Under the Sun” stand out above the rest.
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D.R.A.M.- BIG BABY D.R.A.M.
Talented Va. Beach rapper, singer & songwriter D.R.A.M.’s first full length contains huge pop hit “Broccoli” as well as standouts “Cute” and “Cash Machine” and a few other delights.
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HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER- HEART LIKE A LEVEE
North Carolina folk rock group continues to get better on promising “Heart Like A Levee”.
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KAMAIYAH- A GOOD NIGHT IN THE GHETTO
Debut mixtape from young female rapper from Oakland who seemed to be blowing up everywhere in 2016 both here and on features.
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LAKE STREET DIVE- SIDE PONY
Boston roots band major label debut (Nonesuch Records) is consistently a blast to listen to and dabbles in different genres including soul, country & old skool rock n’ roll.
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CASS MCCOMBS- MANGY LOVE
Under-appreciated singer-songwriter releases “Mangy Love”, one of his best albums with standout tracks “Bum Bum Bum”, “Opposite House” and “It”.
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NXWORRIES- YES LAWD!
2016 breakout all-star Anderson Paak’s other group, nxworries (a collaboration between Paak and producer Knowledge) releases debut album filled with modern soul album with hip hop flourishes.
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Montclair, NJ emo kids release roots rock record to increasing acclaim featuring standout tracks “Old Friends” and “Size Of the Moon”.
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THAO & THE GET DOWN- A MAN ALIVE
Second album by alternative folk-rock duo, produced by tune-yards’ Merril Garbus and containing much of her influence while genre-hopping and surprising throughout.
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Low-key but rock solid late period effort by dependable yet legendary alt-country icons Wilco.
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