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No Fillers

Basement Up
SELF-RELEASED
If only the disc lived up to its title. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what doesn’t work; it may be as simple as the effort showing so clearly.
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The Astronaut

Wax Fang
DON'T PANIC
You hate to use the word “progressive” before rock only due to all of the horrible connotations: Overwrought, masturbatory, flagellating storylines and soloing masquerading as musicianship
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Dream Sequins®

Nmesh
AMDISCS

Like any product of deep REM sleep, Dream Sequins® operates with its own internal logic that doesn’t necessarily bear any resemblance to the waking world.

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Love and Hate

Joan Osborne
E1

Joan Osborne has one of those voices, the kind that only come around every once in a while.

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Be Good

Heidi Howe
SONABLAST

Heidi Howe is an earnest songwriter who lays her memories on the floor. Broken and hopeful, when she sings, it rings with yearning.

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Strange Journey, Volume 3

CunninLynguists
APOS MUSIC

At this point in their career, CunninLynguists have proven themselves as highly consistent hip-hop connoisseurs, with a fondness for dissecting and discussing humanity and society.

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Physical Education

House Ghost
DEAF EYE
Like a half-remembered episode of “Pete & Pete,” House Ghost’s Physical Education EP is a breezy and innocent helping of comfort food, bursting with the same
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On his first solo outing, University of Louisville Professor Ansyn Banks demonstrates that he is also a consummate student.

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Purple Sounds

Zach Brock
CRISS CROSS JAZZ

After several excellent albums, Lexington native and DownBeat Rising Star Violinist Zach Brock’s second for well-respected Criss Cross pays tribute to several of his influences, from pioneers

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Caravan

The John La Barbera Big Band
JAZZ COMPASS

Many big bands embrace “more is more” with flashy showpieces: not this one.