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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

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Pharmacy of Love

Bettie Serveert
PALOMINE/SECOND MOTION

Nearly two decades ago, the Dutch band Bettie Serveert released their first album, a critically heralded masterpiece that epitomized indie pop of the time.

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Home Acres

Aloha
POLYVINYL

Home Acres generates heat right out of the gate with “Building a Fire,” an inventive contrast of languid atmospherics with almost unbearably tense rhythm.

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Luck in the Valley

Jack Rose
THRILL JOCKEY

I admit I once did not care much for the music made by Jack Rose.

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I Learned the Hard Way

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
DAPTONE

Sharon Jones and her fearless Dap-Kings return with their most assured and adventurous album yet.

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Broken Bells

Broken Bells
COLUMBIA

Brian Burton wears many musical hats. Whether he is producing the Black Keys or fulfilling his own muse in Gnarls Barkley or Broken Bells, he always has something interesting to say.

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The Golden Archipelago

Shearwater
(MATADOR)

How can you not sympathize with Jonathan Meiburg and his bandmates?