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Me and Armini

Emiliana Torrini
(ROUGH TRADE)

Nobody knows it but everybody’s already heard Emiliana Torini.

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Fear and Loathing in Clarksvegas

Dr. Gonzo
GRIMEY RHYME REGIME)
The producer of Scanners has put in his bid for the “Producer Album” and succeeds in achieving something more The Chronic than Aftermath Presents. Dr.
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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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Guilt Trips

Ryan Hemsworth
LAST GANG

Cloud-rap? Post-R&B? We still don’t have much of a lexicon to describe the latest wave of bedroom producers who push well-worn hip-hop tropes into more experimental, freeform territory.

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White Reaper

White Reaper
(Polyvinyl)

With hook-conscious energy, plenty of fuzzy guitar work and a straightforwardness that gets right to the point, White Reaper have this way of feeling both familiar and refreshing.

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The Narrative

Shadowpact
(Self Released)

There is a certain early-’90s quality to the production and raps on “The Narrative,” the debut album by Louisville hip-hop duo Shadowpact, and this is a good thing.

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A Tower in the Right Flood

Satellite Twin
(Self Released)

Perhaps Satellite Twin’s greatest achievement is in illustrating just how durable mid-’90s indie can be, which by my estimation remains remarkably listenable.

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Describing Sapat at any given time is like describing water.

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Honeymoon Babies

Honeymoon Babies
SELF-RELEASED

Louisville needs a yacht rock band.

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Shark Week

VOLP
MIXED NATION
Why is his album called Shark Week, you ask? Because he’s the “Great White Hope.” Oy. Excuse me while I shake my head on the branding alone.