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Away With Words

Craig Tweddell
BUGLES MEDIA

Trumpeter Craig Tweddell’s debut blends the classic jazz instrumentation of acoustic bass (Luke McIntosh), drums (Zack Kennedy) and tenor saxophone (Dave Kana) with the sparkling sound of the

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Watching Dead Empires in Decline

The Stranger
MODERN LOVE

English ambient artist Leyland Kirby is generally known for the tender, melancholy work he’s released under his own name and under the moniker The Caretaker, but Watching Dead Empires in D

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Guilty Pleasures

Sabatahj the Freak
SELF-RELEASED

We’ve lost our soul. Louisville is a desert when it comes to quality R&B. There is no scene to speak of. There are countless singers, but no albums.

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Nonfiction

The Range
DONKY PITCH

James “The Range” Hinton comes out swinging with Nonfiction, his debut full-length of idiosyncratic post-dubstep and future bass.

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Heavy Hearts

Cousins
SELF-RELEASED

The quartet offers up a more melodic interpretation of punk stalwarts Fugazi, eschewing savage guitar feedback for sing-along harmonies.

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Book of Souls: Folio A

Secret Chiefs 3
WEB OF MIMICRY

Mr. Bungle’s Trey Spruance has spent years crafting an unorthodox and expansive musical universe in Secret Chiefs 3, one shrouded in mystery and unpredictable cross-genre pollinations.

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Black Radio 2

The Robert Glasper Experiment
BLUE NOTE

When an A student consistently turns in great work, “safe” is graded more harshly.

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Matangi

M.I.A.
N.E.E.T RECORDINGS/INTERSCOPE

After alienating mainstream fans with the puzzling, atonal / \ / \ / \ Y / \, M.I.A. retreats to well-trodden territory on Matangi.

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Set the Cotillion on Fire!

Thee Floating Caskets
AUTUMN BLANKET

Thee Flying Caskets exhibit very little pretense to be anything other than fun times rock ’n’ roll/punk.

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Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio

Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio
CAPRI

This shows up, and I check with my editor to see if he wants the review for LEO's Fake Issue. No, it’s real, was the reply.