Review: Leticia Rodriguez Garza – Sagüita Al Bate

Review: Leticia Rodriguez Garza – Sagüita Al Bate
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The niece of musician Eva Garza, who was one of the first bilingual artists to cross over into the United States mainstream during the ‘40s and ’50s, has created an ode to her aunt by recording songs that were previously unrecorded, as is the case with the title track, along with re-interpretations of other songs. … read more

Review: Del Venicci – Haunted Hall

Review: Del Venicci – Haunted Hall
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Del Venicci chose a theme—ghosts—and ran home with it. Looking beyond the (sometimes over-) saturated haunting sounds and ghostly wails throughout, the shoegazey love quartet have some pretty solid jams. … read more

Review: Rachel Taylor Brown – Falimy

Review: Rachel Taylor Brown – Falimy
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I think I can label this album as singer-songwriter, alt-chick rock music with a piano and sometimes other instruments, but perhaps I’m dismissing this as something that it’s not. … read more

Review: Mick Turner – Don’t Tell The Driver

Review: Mick Turner – Don’t Tell The Driver
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Don’t Tell The Driver would be the perfect album to ease a panic attack. The instrumentation felt loaded with a Southwestern vibe, making it feel as though I was traveling alone by horseback across the desert landscape, especially in “The Navigator.” … read more

Local Review: Vour- Self-Titled

Local Review: Vour- Self-Titled
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Growing up in a ski town meant going to a lot of free, outdoor concerts in the summer, which pretty much always involved a lot of beer and a lot of jazzy jam bands. Vour would fit well on a bill for that kind of family-friendly mountain jam, with swanky beats and a plethora of instrumentation. … read more

Review: Low Leaf – AKASHAALAY

Review: Low Leaf – AKASHAALAY
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I’m pretty awestruck with this release, which begins with instrumentation that combines electronic compositions layered with organic melodies played through the harp, guitar and piano, creating a transcendental experience upon listening. … read more

Review: Marissa Nadler – July

Review: Marissa Nadler – July
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While a bit cliché, Nadler’s voice is classic sounding, as if she could have come straight from a saloon in the 1920s with her loopy, sinister yet soothing soprano, making this an album I won’t dismiss. … read more

Review: Roger Eno/Plumbline – Endless City/Concrete Garden

Review: Roger Eno/Plumbline – Endless City/Concrete Garden
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I’ll answer your question right now: Yes, Roger Eno is the brother of ambient giant Brian Eno, and yes, this album could very well fit as the soundtrack to a dark, dramatic, experimental film.  … read more

Review: Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble – The Act of Loving You

Review: Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble – The...
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While it comes across like a Broadway soundtrack, the sincerity of the lyrics with the intoxicating quality of Chens’ voice makes the album approachable by even those who are not so theatrically inclined. … read more

Review: Vermouth – RetroFuture Pop Exotica

Review: Vermouth – RetroFuture Pop Exotica
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The cover of this album is a good hint as to what to expect from this album: Justine Kragen sits on a barstool dressed in all black with fishnet tights, as Steve McDonald stands behind a tiki-bar with a tiki-torch and tiki-lights, toucans, maracas, while an overabundance of the color maroon surrounds them.  … read more