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jj n° 3

jj
SECRETLY CANADIAN

With their airy sound and fey demeanor, jj are often labeled as twee pop, but there’s nothing cutesy or precious about jj n° 3, their second nine-song, 27-minute platter in nine mon

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San Patricio

The Chieftains feat. Ry Cooder
HEAR MUSIC

You may have doubts about the merits of this album long before the bagpipes started the Mexican Hat Dance.

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Sunday Mornin’ Hayride

Bill Madison
YOGA

With all the talk of braying cattle, dungaree silk, Palominos and Pintos, you’d be surprised to discover that the hippie-folkie-cowboy singer-songwriter Bill Madison recorded his debut

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Tomorrow is the Destroyer

Brainbheats
ROPEADOPE

Brainbheats is the alias of Louisville pianist/composer Brian Healey, for those of you who had him confused with the San Francisco Brainbeats, a different composer/percussionist.

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Farm Fresh

The Howards
ONE HORSE

There’s a naiveté about The Howards’ debut, Farm Fresh, that instantly makes me call shenanigans on the whole thing.

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Colors

The Pass
SONABLAST!

The Killers. Franz Ferdinand. Passively emotional vocals over electronics, and catchy, quick disco-punk. Sound like five years ago? Wrong.

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S/T

Foxy Shazam
SIRE

For those of you wondering whether rock forgot about Queen’s legacy, Foxy Shazam is the reminder you’ve been waiting for.

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Retracing Steps

Andrea Davidson

I don’t know what kind of pain and suffering Louisville-based singer-songwriter Andrea Davidson has seen, but she should go back for more. Girlfriend has the blues.

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This detailed, thorough album does everything it sets out to do. A noisy, acoustic, dirty-country-rockabilly road trip whose artwork compliments every nuance. Appearing with an R.

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Preservation

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
PRESERVATION HALL RECORDINGS

The mission of Preservation Hall is right there in its name — preserving the traditions of jazz, arguably America’s greatest cultural innovation, in its acknowledged birthplace of