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Humility the Hard Way

Straight A’s
NOISE POLLUTION

If the Louisville music scene has a unifying theme, it’s regularly producing acts that actively seek new sounds and ideas.

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Keeping a Record of It

Lonnie Holley
DUST-TO-DIGITAL

Just Before Music, the debut full-length record from sculptor, collage artist and singer Lonnie Holley, received a quiet release last year on the boutique label Dust-to-Digital.

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Hope

Angryblue & William Ragland
SELF-RELEASED

The duo of Angryblue (aka artist Justin Kamerer) and William Ragland sees the pair exploring dark, ethereal sonic landscapes in what would seem to be a series of improvised sessions.

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Create/Destroy

Julie of the Wolves
NOISE POLLUTION

Julie of the Wolves know exactly what they’re doing.

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Let’s Be Still

The Head and the Heart
SUB POP

The sunny days are waning and the cold, harsh winter approaches. But upon pressing play on Let’s Be Still, a warmth spreads through the blood.

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Psychic

Darkside
MATADOR/OTHER PEOPLE

American-Chilean laptop wizard Nicolas Jaar was 21 when he released his enthusiastically received, shockingly mature debut full-length, Space Is Only Noise, by which time he had starte

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Stitches

Califone
DEAD OCEANS

Califone has done this before: The frequently brilliant avant-roots collective has sold a platter of undercooked ideas and called it an album.

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The Filthy Fifteen

Filthy Rich
SELF-RELEASED
Producer, bassist and beatmaker Richard Herrell worked his contacts list to put together his first “producer album” with some of the city’s nastiest emcees.
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Supertruck

Supertruck
SELF-RELEASED

I wasn’t really lucid in the ’70s (but then, who was?), but I am a student of music history.

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Kiss Land

The Weeknd
REPUBLIC

From the start, The Weeknd has fit into the oddly specific niche of darkly seductive R&B, as filtered through some of the smoothest production around.