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Vulfpeck’s The Beautiful Game: A New Era of Funk

In 2011, four University of Michigan students Jack Stratton, Woody Goss, Joe Dart, and Theo Katzman first met providing backing music for a mutual friend. The four discovered they made quite the jam band, and started creating grooves in their spare time. Stratton conceived the idea of creating a faux German funk group inspired by the studio musicians of the 60’s and 70’s, and thus, Vulfpeck was born. Relying solely… continue reading

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LVL UP – Return to Love

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If, in about a month or so, the universe conspires against us all and allows for the election of Donald Trump as the next president of this sinking ship of a country, and the new administration rounds up everyone who isn’t a straight white dude and marches us all down to the gates of hell, I will gladly accept my doomed fate, as long as LVL UP’s Return to Love… continue reading

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Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN

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  In a 2015 interview with Buzzfeed, actress and activist Viola Davis said to young women everywhere, “Do not live someone else’s life and someone else’s idea of what womanhood is… Womanhood is everything that’s inside of you.” As much as Davis’s words sound like a preach of common sense, 2016 has brought challenges to womanhood from even esteemed feminists like Gloria Steinem or Madeleine Albright, who have commented that… continue reading

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The Avalanches – Wildflower

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                    Although The Avalanches have waited over 15 years to release a new record, their new material attempts to rewind the clock.  On their first album Since I Left You, a landmark release in sample-based music, the group gave the effect of twisting the radio dial on various stations from the 60s and 70s and creating chopped grooves from the music… continue reading

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Jeremih – Late Nights: Europe

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Following his trend of starting all recent record names with “Late Nights,” Jeremih dropped DatPiff exclusive Late Nights: Europe on an unsuspecting,  unsensual Wednesday night. After touring Europe for the last 30 days, Jeremih posted the mixtape as “not only a gift to myself, but to my fans,” as if he couldn’t get more charming. Fourth-quarter 2015 Late Nights: The Album has thrusted past it’s expected end-of-the-year neglect, with songs… continue reading

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Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

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                    Car Seat Headrest’s name is rooted in the story of front man Will Toledo’s makeshift vocal booth in his car during the embryonic years of his music career. Without access to a proper recording studio, Toledo preferred the cramped isolation of an automobile for capturing his introspective lyrics to his bedroom, which was well within audible range of his parents… continue reading

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Modern Baseball @ The Fillmore (San Francisco) 6.5.16

Philadelphia-based band Modern Baseball sold out The Fillmore in San Francisco, a major step up from years past. The band’s popularity has seen a considerable upward trend as they went from being a staple opener to a headliner that could hold their own. Thin Lips were the first on the admittedly short lineup, and rocked the solid breakup anthem “Breaking Up and Breaking Down” from their album Riff Hard (which,… continue reading

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Faint Peter – Redoubt

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With a strong sense of narrative and constant guitar plucking, Joseph De Natale appears to position himself as an emissary of folk conventions – at least at first. But this Boston-bred, Seattle-based songwriter is no purist. Under the pseudonym Faint Peter, De Natale genre-bends his way through his compositions, dramatic and personal in equal measure. On Redoubt, Faint Peter’s cinematic debut, otherwise sparse instrumentation is filled out by big-room reverb… continue reading

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Anderson .Paak – Malibu

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Anderson .Paak. Yes, my punctuation is correct. He put that dot in front of the “P” to remind himself of attention to detail. As it turns out, he paid very close attention to detail when crafting Malibu, his second album under the name Anderson .Paak and his first directly under the spotlight. Paak grew up in a Black/Korean family in Oxnard, Ca. and his decade-long pursuit of a music career… continue reading

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mewithoutYou has returned to their religious roots, only to make their most vast, different album to date. The band formed 15 years ago as a Christian rock group, writing music similar to La Dispute in that the lyrics and music are entirely separate entities which only come together later. This allows singer Aaron Weiss’ poetry to shine through, even on past releases in which the singing and/or music has been criticized. Pale Horses shifts… continue reading

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The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness

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Following The Weeknd’s ascent into full pop stardom has been interesting. Abel Tesfaye began his career by quietly dropping “Loft Music,” “The Morning” and “What You Need” on YouTube in late 2010, where prospectors were fascinated by his chilled-out elevator music over ghostly vocals. He released three free mixtapes that were soon fused into a compilation, Trilogy, released by Universal Republic in 2012 that garnered positive acclaim and even sparked… continue reading