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Duality by Captain Murphy

Duality by Captain Murphy
December 15, 2012

  Album: Duality Artist: Captain Murphy Rating: 4 / 5 by Jason Walsh   In a lot of ways, Captain Murphy’s debut mixtape, Duality, is your typical rap mixtape. It was uploaded...

The Observer Picks the Year’s Best Albums

The Observer Picks the Year's Best Albums
December 1, 2012

#1 – Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads by Dustin Wong This is the debut solo album from guitar magician Dustin Wong. Former member of art-rock band Ponytail, Wong writes songs for double digit...

Hands of Glory by Andrew Bird

Hands of Glory by Andrew Bird
November 16, 2012

Release Date: October 30, 2012 Rating: 3.5 / 5 At first glance, it's easy to write off Andrew Bird's newest release, Hands of Glory. Relative to the rest of his output, it is short both in terms...

Music from another Dimension! by Aerosmith

November 16, 2012

Release Date: November 6, 2012 Rating: 2/5 Their first album in eight years, Music From Another Dimension!, brings something new to Aerosmith's 70’s style, though not always in a positive way. Released...

Good Kid, Mad City by Kendrick Lamar

Good Kid, Mad City by Kendrick Lamar
November 1, 2012

Album: good kid, m.A.A.d city Artist: Kendrick Lamar Release Date: 10/22/2012 Rating: 4 / 5 Good Kid, Mad City(stylized good kid, m.A.A.d city) is subtitled “A Short Film by Kendrick Lamar,”...

Blood v. Electricity by Unknown Component

Blood v. Electricity by Unknown Component
October 19, 2012

Until I heard about its latest album, Blood v. Electricity, Unknown Component was completely foreign to me. Even odder still, what I thought was a full rock band turned out to be a music project of...

Local Business by Titus Andronicus

Local Business by Titus Andronicus
October 13, 2012

Titus Andronicus are one of, if not the, greatest rock 'n' roll band currently alive and making music. Their sophomore album, The Monitor, is unequivocally a masterpiece. It is one of the greatest albums...

Nehru Jackets by Himanshu

Nehru Jackets by Himanshu
October 5, 2012

Album: Nehru Jackets Artist:Himanshu Release date:January 27, 2012 Rating: 3.5 / 5 “I ain't got love handles, got thug handles” are the first lines Himanshu gives us on Nehru Jackets, his first...

“The Sound of the Life of the Mind” by Ben Folds Five

September 21, 2012

Before their split in 1999, piano rockers Ben Folds Five produced three albums of songs about lives spent wandering around just outside the 1990s mainstream. Even after reaching chart success with Brick,...

Coexist by The xx

Coexist by The xx
September 7, 2012

The xx are all about simplicity and consistency. Their first album, xx, was released three years and one month ago, had eleven songs, ran 38.5 minutes, and had a simple black background with a white X...

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