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The Lip

Johnny Spanish
SELF-RELEASED

A pretty impressive effort from the Louisville-bred New York resident.

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S/T

Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue
NOISE POLLUTION

Former punk-rock frontman (Fading Out, Rising Shotgun) and current poet and creative writing professor Brett Ralph turned his back on rock (more or less) a few years ago when he mounted the K

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Heir To The Throne; King of The Beats

Jack Splash
SELF-RELEASED

Future beats, personified. These are two of the three planned mixtapes leading up to Jack Splash’s major label debut, though this is far from the first time you’ve heard Splash.

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Bourbon Spearmint And Ice

Johnny Berry & The Outliers
SELF-RELEASED

Johnny Berry is the local king of sad-bastard country music.

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Guitar El Chark

Omar Khorshid
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES

This fantastic new collection highlights the mid-1970s work of Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid, whose music bridges the gap between the propulsive energy of 1960s American “surf guitar

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Head First

Goldfrapp
MUTE

It’s a backhanded compliment to call Alison Goldfrapp the thinking person’s Lady Gaga, but it’s true.

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Ghost of Last Summer

Hula Hoop
555/75 OR LESS

After Rachel Grimes left the band, Hula Hoop continued writing songs, and from the leisurely, home-recorded feel, I suspect this batch was produced over a long period with different influence

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Who Loves You The Best

Nerves Jr.
SELF-RELEASED

Nerves Jr. is textured, electronic and experimental.

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In the Dark

The Whigs
ATO

Someone once sang “With the lights out, it’s less dangerous,” but nothing feels less dangerous about being In the Dark with The Whigs.

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Have One on Me

Joanna Newsom
DRAG CITY

Releasing a triple album subtly indicates that an artist is trying to make a major statement, and with Have One on Me, Joanna Newsom aims for no less than the scope and gr