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Hell Can Wait

Vince Staples
(Def Jam)

Not since the Gravediggaz has a hip-hop album seemed to give such little of a shit about religious humility.

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Gol

Cher Von
(Self Released)

Any musician can relate to the dread that comes with describing your own music, especially when asked that question by people outside of your genre.

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Shawn Sleeps Naked

Shawn Sleeps Naked
SELF-RELEASED

The word “pretension” is one to avoid, but one I struggle with here; can I think of something as silly without coming off as pretentious myself?

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So It Is With Us

Horse Feathers
(Kill Rock Stars)

There is an AM radio gentleness, or maybe tameness, that imbues “So It Is With Us,” the fifth release from Portland, Ore., indie folk band Horse Feathers.

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Greatest Hits, Vol. 3&4

Auzman Propaganda, Man
SELF-RELEASED

It’s pretty ostentatious to name what, to my knowledge, is your debut album Greatest Hits Vol. 3&4.

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Liquid Spirit

Gregory Porter
BLUE NOTE

If you’re a jazz fan and haven’t heard of Gregory Porter, then do yourself a favor and check him out.

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Invisible Hour

Joe Henry
WORKSONG

Joe Henry’s latest is both an extension of recurring themes and a return from whence he came.

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Easy Pain

Young Widows
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE LTD.

At full-length number four, Young Widows show no sign of relenting.

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2

New Mother Nature
SELF-RELEASED

New Mother Nature make music that hits all the right beats for an indie band, especially one based in our fair city.

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3=4

Interstates
SELF-RELEASED

Dig, if you will, a picture. Because not only is that all an all-instrumental band can provide, but that’s precisely the intent of such soundscape specialists like Interstates.