White Van Music

Jake One

Perhaps it’s because this album has such a stellar lineup that I’m so disappointed. There’s no way all these guys could have brought their best for one album.


Don’t Believe


Listening to Cherryholmes’ third album, it becomes instantly apparent that the members of this familial outfit are top-shelf bluegrass musicians — the group’s instrumental interpl

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Nothing gives permission to just get drunk and reckless like a great bar-band.

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Paper Airplane

Paper Airplane

It seems like an obvious statement at first, but music is all about precision. On Paper Airplane’s new EP, when the playing is precise, songs really soar (pun intended).


Wrecking Ball

Dead Confederate

With a name like Dead Confederate, you might expect to hear a southern rock-influenced band. This album is that and more.

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Hail Mega Boys

J. Roddy Walston & The Business

J. Roddy Walston & The Business mean business — searing, first-rate, old fashioned rock ’n’ roll business — but business nonetheless.

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Stray Age

Daniel Martin Moore
Sub Pop

This is what I’d call nighttime drive music: songs for chilly autumn roads winding through the lonely wastelands of Kentucky. Not surprisingly, these are the very places that spawned Mr.

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Silence Is Wild

Frida Hyvonen
Secretly Canadian

It must be the weather, something in the water or the two-pronged electrical plugs that makes Sweden the current capital of melancholic, poppy female singer-songwriters.

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Golden Smog is a slightly irreverent rock collective that never quite measures up to the bands from which the participants are on loan (Wilco, Jayhawks, Big Star, Soul Asylum, etc.).


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Drag City

A quick recap: Chinese Democracy leaked (and sucked) while Axl bartered a deal with Dr. Pepper.