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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: FIRST AID KIT: STAY GOLD

Following two much beloved records on the indie label Wichita, Stay Gold is Klara and Johanna Söderberg’s first major label release. The album was recorded at Conor Oberst’s ARC Studios out in Omaha with Oberst’s Bright Eyes buddy Mike Mogis in the producer’s chair. He produced the band’s previously album, 2012’s The Lion’s...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: JOHNNY CASH: “OUT AMONG THE STARS”

It feels so surreal, listening to this newly unearthed collection of Johnny Cash songs recorded with legendary country producer Billy Sherrill in 1981 and 1984. Like most of his fans, by now I’d simply thought that everything he’d ever recorded that he would have wanted released was already released. And so it was...
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#songoftheday DANIELLE BRADBERY: “I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU”


17 year old Country singer Danielle Bradberry won season four of The Voice with her gorgeous renditions of such songs as Taylor Swift's "Mean," Carrie Underwood's "Wasted" and The Judds' "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)." "I Will Never Forget You" is from Danielle's self-titled debut and...
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NEW REVIEW: MINDY SMITH: SNOWED IN EP

Mindy Smith is an American singer/songwriter who was born and raised in Long Island, New York but eventually ended up in Nashville pursuing a music career. Her music has been called folk, country, Americana, bluegrass and even pop. She’s often compared to Norah Jones and Alison Krauss. Snowed In is her second Christmas...
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#albumoftheday OF MONTREAL: LOUSY WITH SYLVIANBRIAR

Of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes is not one to make the same album twice. Roughly a decade ago he shifted from doing indie rock/trippy twee to electro-centric albums that often felt like twisted — but always fascinating — experiments. The first three albums from this second period of his career were especially experimental;...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: BUTCH WALKER: PEACHTREE BATTLE

I caught Butch Walker live at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the 11th of this month. It was my fourth time seeing him and he was, in a word, brilliant. Which came as no surprise. He’s been impressing me with his knack for super emotive songwriting ever since he was in a...
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#albumoftheday THE CIVIL WARS: THE CIVIL WARS

Well, well, well, this is an interesting album. When this duo — Joy Williams and John Paul White — were riding the surprising success of their 2011 album Barton Hollow, which won them three shiny Grammy awards, they kept insisting that they weren’t romantically involved with each other. In fact, they were both...
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REVIEW SPOTLIGHT: JANN KLOSE: MOSAIC

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Jann Klose was born in Germany and raised in Hamburg and Kenya, South Africa. He arrived in the United States as an exchange student in Cleveland. It wasn’t long before he was performing in the Cleveland Opera Chorus. He went on to perform in touring productions of such Broadway shows...
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SINGLE REVIEW: CHARLENE SORAIA: GHOST

Charlene’s 2011 release Moonchild was a truly remarkable album of singer/songwriter indie/folk music that garnered her more critical acclaim than most artists who released albums that year. To that end, she ranked high on more year end best lists than one could count. That much praise is always a lot to live up...
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REVIEW: RIHWA & MICHELLE BRANCH: GOOD LOVE

Japanese singer/songwriter Rihwa teamed up with American singer/songwriter Michelle Branch for this lovely duet, which Branch wrote after asking Rihwa if she’d be interested in collaborating, something Rihwa became extremely excited about, having become a fan of Michelle’s music when she was attending school in Canada.  The mid-tempo, guitar-centric track is entirely in...
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  • MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA
    MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA Release Date:  10/29/14 Label:  publisher code: XQMN Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama." (OK, so it was actually released a month ago, but you get the idea.) Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama" (that's how she writes it). Which […]
  • MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU
    MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU Release Date:  11/26/14 Label:  Village Again Miki Kozono delivers a wonderful double A-side, "My Love Song" and "Snow With You," the later obviously being a Christmas song. I couldn't find a Wiki page or a GenAsia page or anything about Miki Kozono, but I'm really digging […]
  • AMBER AN: WITH YOU
    AMBER AN: WITH YOU Release Date:  9/26/14 Label:  Wonderful Music Her new album opens with "哈囉" (translation: "Hello"), a song so soft and delicate, it's like the audio equivalent of a butterfly. A butterfly emerging from a cocoon, saying "hello" to the world. So beautiful and awe-inspiring. My favorite foreign language to listen to music […]
  • CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール
    CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール Release Date:  2014 Label:  Ki/oon Records Three delightful new songs by Chara. Each was released as a digital single. I'm honestly not sure if they've been compiled as an EP now, which is what I thought when I wrote the review, or if they were just released separately. Regardless, they're […]
  • KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY
    KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY Release Date:  10/22/14 Label:  Victor Entertainment Today is a New Day is Kaela Kimura's second single since signing with Victor Entertainment and this year is the 15th anniversary of her career... So, you'd have to expect something special here, right? I know my expectations were high. And I […]