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Be Good

Heidi Howe
SONABLAST

Heidi Howe is an earnest songwriter who lays her memories on the floor. Broken and hopeful, when she sings, it rings with yearning.

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Strange Journey, Volume 3

CunninLynguists
APOS MUSIC

At this point in their career, CunninLynguists have proven themselves as highly consistent hip-hop connoisseurs, with a fondness for dissecting and discussing humanity and society.

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Physical Education

House Ghost
DEAF EYE
Like a half-remembered episode of “Pete & Pete,” House Ghost’s Physical Education EP is a breezy and innocent helping of comfort food, bursting with the same
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On his first solo outing, University of Louisville Professor Ansyn Banks demonstrates that he is also a consummate student.

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Purple Sounds

Zach Brock
CRISS CROSS JAZZ

After several excellent albums, Lexington native and DownBeat Rising Star Violinist Zach Brock’s second for well-respected Criss Cross pays tribute to several of his influences, from pioneers

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Caravan

The John La Barbera Big Band
JAZZ COMPASS

Many big bands embrace “more is more” with flashy showpieces: not this one.

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Do To the Beast

Afghan Whigs
SUB POP

Growing up in Cincinnati does a few things to a person — having knowledge of what an Ass Pony is, random encounters with Blessid Union of Souls, and mall food court conversations with the Lac

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Pocket Full of Ohms

Allen Poe
SELF-RELEASED

One-third of Frankfort’s Basement Up, Allen Poe’s Ohms is beautifully produced, from blog favorite “Gina” (featuring Von Pea) to “Grand Entrance” (w

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Somewhere Else

Lydia Loveless
BLOODSHOT

Lydia Loveless created a buzz three years ago with the release of Indestructible Machine, an album rooted in cow-punk grit.

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Raven Town Witch

The Phantom Family Halo
SOPHOMORE LOUNGE

A weird vibe permeates the entirety of Witch, an all-encompassing, sinister veneer that indicts the listener as somehow complicit in whatever it is they’ve done wrong.