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Posted November 19, 2014in Sound Check

Pink Floyd “The Endless River” Parlophone Pink Floyd has always had a keen eye toward higher concept material. In that vein, “The Endless River” isn’t the kind of album that’s going to provide Floyd fans a lot of radio-ready moments. Instead, the album is broken up into four conceptually-distinct parts.

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Posted November 12, 2014in Sound Check

Ani DiFranco “Allergic to Water” Righteous Babe Ani DiFranco has come a long, long way, emotionally speaking. Those of us who cut our teeth listening to her early work — where lyrics were spat out like accusations, and you’d think her guitar was going to come apart in her hands

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Posted November 05, 2014in Sound Check

Taylor Swift “1989” Big Machine With “1989” there is, finally, no doubt about where Taylor Swift’s future lay. The soon-to-be 25-year-old got her start in country but has been slowly phasing those influences out of her music with each successive release, and “1989” is her first full-throated pop album. Swift

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Posted October 29, 2014in Sound Check

Foo Fighters “Sonic Highways” RCA The Foo Fighters are at a point now where they can really mess around and do things on a whim. It’s that feeling of exploration that drives “Sonic Highways,” which is both an album and HBO special documentary. In the words of the iconic Dave

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Posted October 22, 2014in Sound Check

Weezer “Everything Will Be Alright In The End” Republic Rivers Cuomo is the kind of guy who jerks off while standing in front of the mirror. The Weezer front man has a long history of self-referential work, with varying degrees of success. Top of the mountain would be the band’s

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Posted October 15, 2014in Sound Check

Stevie Nicks “24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault” Reprise As the title suggests, “24 Karat Gold” is a bit of a spring-cleaning job from the Fleetwood Mac front woman. Spanning Nicks’ more than four decades of work, the album consists of little-heard ballads, previously unreleased tracks and new takes

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Posted October 08, 2014in Sound Check

Boyz II Men “Collide” MSM There is something great about an old group making a really clever comeback. It reminds me of when the Beach Boys released “Kokomo” and we all remembered how great those guys can harmonize. They made us feel sexy and beachy all over again. Boyz II

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Posted October 01, 2014in Sound Check

Information Society “_Hello World” HAKATAK “_Hello World” feels like a holdover, and with good reason. This is only Information Society’s second album in the 21st century, and the first time in more than two decades that the band has released material with its original lineup. The result is something that

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Posted September 24, 2014in Sound Check

Leonard Cohen “Popular Problems” Columbia No bones: “Popular Problems” only exists because Leonard Cohen is broke. The nearly 80-year-old Cohen was set to enjoy his retirement after the release of 2004’s “Dear Heather,” but that was before his former manager swindled him out of nearly 9 million dollars. However, if

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Posted September 17, 2014in Sound Check

Aphex Twin “Syro” Warp How much you enjoy “Syro” will depend entirely on how much attention you’ve been paying to Richard D. James, the lone mind behind Aphex Twin. To the casual electronic music observer, “Syro” is Aphex Twin’s first release in nearly 13 years and will probably sound like

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