Reviews: Sleep – Oregon Failure

Reviews: Sleep – Oregon Failure
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“Thrift Shop” did more than provide an anthem for white tweenagers who don’t otherwise enjoy hip-hop. It also inspired artists like Sleep (not to be confused with the rock band) to make rap so terrible that Vanilla Ice seems legit by comparison. … read more

Review: The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

Review: The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
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Perhaps you’ve never gotten into the Bon Ivers and Fleet Foxes of the world. Fair enough: They tend to be a bit precious. That said, if you check this one out, you might be pleasantly surprised. … read more

Review: Sun Kil Moon – Benji

Review: Sun Kil Moon – Benji
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Mark Kozelek has made a record so confrontational and real, you have to admire it even when it’s a bit much. It’s about how the things that seem “uncool” in life are often what make it worthwhile—a bold, artistic vision that can be a real bummer, honestly.  … read more

Review: Nick Weaver – Yardwork

Review: Nick Weaver – Yardwork
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Nick Weaver Yardwork Self-Released Street: 01.06 Nick Weaver = Macklemore + The Pharcyde Nick Weaver is a nice guy. He raps about how much he loves his family. It comes

Review: Neneh Cherry – Blank Project

Review: Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
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You might be surprised to know that Neneh Cherry’s 1988 record, Raw Like Sushi, is bad as fuck. Still, I’m not losing my cool over the prospect of a new record by her. … read more

Review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
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Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly Top Dawg Entertainment Street: 03.15 Kendrick Lamar = The past 100 years of black American music x Compton At this point, Butterfly is old

Review: Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo

Review: Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo
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Rashad takes his father’s abandonment and turns it into a moral imperative—a move that could have been trite in hands of a lesser MC. This, however, is a daring labor of love by a very gifted young man. These strong but flawed songs creep into your soul without you even realizing it—the same way that forgiveness can. … read more

Review: Ikebe Shakedown – Stone By Stone

Review: Ikebe Shakedown – Stone By Stone
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Ikebe Shakedown are part of a growing contingent of musicians dedicated to replicating the feel of classic recordings. They do a good job, and it’s a noble goal, too. … read more

Local Review: WE – WE-E.T.’s VOL. II
Local Review: Null – Break The Spell

Local Review: Null – Break The Spell
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This stuff was groan-inducing the first time I heard it, strolling through Zuccotti Park a few years back. (I think I have a hand signal to show how much I like it, too.) … read more