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Album Review

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Ear to the Ground: Lecherous Gaze's "Animal Brain" and "On the Skids"

May 19, 2014
J Mascis' tech Graham Clise uses Plexis—Marshall and Dan Armstrong—to channel Rory Gallagher, Chuck Berry, and Robin Trower.
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Ear to the Ground: Sturgill Simpson’s “Turtles All the Way Down”

May 16, 2014
With a nylon-string and subtly psychedelic production, Simpson channels Waylon Jennings while keeping Gram Parsons' vision of "cosmic American music" alive.
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Rich Robinson's "The Ceaseless Sight" Album Review

May 16, 2014
The guitar-slinging Robinson brother walks the line between Stones-inspired jams and California folk.
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Ear to the Ground: Buzz Osborne’s “Dark Brown Teeth”

May 16, 2014

The Melvins frontman retains his signature slow-cooked riffs and quirky humor on this psych-folk sneak-peek at his new acoustic solo album, This Machine Kills Artists.

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Ear to the Ground: Bart Davenport's "Fuck Fame"

May 14, 2014
Gritty leads meet blue-eyed soul in this brutally honest tune from the prolific songwriter.
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Ear to the Ground: Extra Classic's "A Little Rain"

May 13, 2014
This sneak peek at the indie quintet's upcoming album seamlessly melds Blondie, dream pop, and dub bass sensibilities.
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Ear to the Ground: Light Fantastic

May 13, 2014
This San Francisco outfit channels the best of the Byrds and the Paisley Underground with jangly Ricks and deft use of chorus pedals.
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Ear to the Ground: Freeman's "(For a While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like a Man"

May 12, 2014
Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween from Ween) has an eponymous new band whose first track—which was "leaked" by Jack Black—is chock-full of vibey guitar.
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Ear to the Ground: Sharkmuffin's "Quarter Machine"

May 12, 2014
This trio of badass women bashes out trashy rock that's equally inspired by Patti Smith, MC5, and Jack White.
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Blondie '4(0)-Ever' Album Review

May 9, 2014
The iconic ’80s band is back with an intriguing double album of greatest hits and new tunes.
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Rodrigo y Gabriela's "9 Dead Alive" Album Review

April 14, 2014
By blending Spanish, classical, blues, metal—even Celtic—sounds, the amazing duo celebrates the 6-string’s history with their spirited music.
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The Nels Cline Singers "MACROSCOPE" Album Review

April 2, 2014
The Wilco lead guitarist's latest album is a deep exploration into free-from, improvised music but with a more textural, melodic slant.
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Black Label Society's "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" Album Review

March 28, 2014
Wylde believes in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach and his band's ninth album doesn’t venture into uncharted territory—it’s business as usual, kicking major ass.
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Rodrigo Amarante's "Cavalo" Album Review

March 26, 2014
Brazilian multi-instrumentalist debut solo record manages to mix in indie flavor and more creating an entertaining listen.
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Harvey Reid's "The Liberty Guitar Album" Album Review

March 9, 2014
Very young kids, pros looking for fresh voicings, and guitarists who’ve sustained fretting-hand injuries will all find something powerful here to explore.
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together PANGEA's "Badillac" Album Review

March 7, 2014
It’s the relentless grip on melody, the breakneck dynamics shifts, and the sheer gumption that hold it all together—not to mention the blistering solos.
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The War on Drugs' "Lost in the Dream" Album Review

March 2, 2014
TWOD’s latest is a heart-rending little ride marking a brilliant texturalist emerging as a master songsmith.
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Robben Ford's "A Day in Nashville" Album Review

February 28, 2014
This album is a prime example of the human element of music—real people, in a room, playing together.
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John Frusciante's "Enclosure" Album Review

February 21, 2014
Several tunes give off a refreshing ’80s vibe without going too far—think good ’80s, like Peter Gabriel but with the sensibilities of Radiohead.
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Temples' "Sun Structures" Album Review

February 5, 2014
This is a beautifully melancholy and sugar-sweet trip for anyone who savors lush psychedelic guitar pop.
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