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Louisville Is For Lovers Vol. 10

Various Artists
SELF-RELEASED

John King’s tenure as the sultan of Louisville love songs has sadly come to an end.

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Grand National Dreams

Jalin Roze
SELF-RELEASED
The return of Jalin Roze, 18 months after The Brilliance (an eternity in rap years), couldn’t come at a better time.
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Music for a Sophomore Phase

A Light Beacon
SELF-RELEASED

Despite its effort to bridge the gap between glacial post-rock and dense electronic ambience … Sophomore Phase isn’t quite sure what sort of record it wants to be.

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Virgins

Tim Hecker
KRANKY

Canadian ambient artist Tim Hecker has made some of the most challenging and captivating music of the early ’00s.

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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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Midnight at the Movies

Justin Townes Earle
Bloodshot

A Texas singer-songwriter with the name Justin Townes Earle is a like pop star being named John Lennon Beethoven Gaye or a scientist named Susan Curie Einstein-Newton.

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Meets the Morning

Ben Purdom
(SELF-RELEASED)

With his plaintive vocals and coffeehouse-friendly acoustic backdrops, it’d be tempting to think of Ben Purdom as just another earnest Louisville singer-songwriter.

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Opposable Thumbs

Opposable Thumbs
GUBBEY
Clearly weaned on acts like The Fall and Gang of Four, Opposable Thumbs are committed to their influences, all to absolutely positive effect.
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Gold

Anwar Sadat
SOPHOMORE LOUNGE
Exhibiting an onslaught of displeasure, Gold is as complete as a post-punk record gets while working with such firm intensity and soft, yet duly discordant, melodies.
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Mr. Sunshine

Marc Adams
SELF-RELEASED
Life isn’t like kindergarten. One doesn’t get high marks just for “satisfactory”; it’s sink or swim.