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Album reviews

BOYO: DANCE ALONE

November 30th, 2018

BOYO, the solo project of singer-songwriter Robert Tilden, sounds like cool—like the kind of music blasting behind the hip older sibling’s bedroom door in a coming-of-age flick, or the soundtrack for weekends of irresponsible spontaneity in real life. With earworm-y chord progressions and deadpan vocals—the core of BOYO’s oeuvre—Tilden’s third and newest full-length Dance Alone glides from fast to slow with effortless agility.

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GARRETT: PRIVATE LIFE II

November 25th, 2018

Dâm has always explored the idea of duality, especially the concept of the Gemini twin, both an inverse reflection of self and a passenger on the very same life journey. So Private Life II, then, is that second side of Garrett.

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BLAME CANDY: “SWEET TOOTH”

November 18th, 2018

The men of Blame Candy play guitar like they made a deal with the devil or Eddie Van Halen, and their manes appear blessed by the benevolently boogie-ing spirit of Marc Bolan. Are these the heroes who will help save the electric guitar? Well, they DO wear capes—covered in glitter, of cour

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DELROY EDWARDS AND DEAN BLUNT: DESERT SESSIONS

October 15th, 2018

Dean Blunt and Delroy Edwards have never been about making things easy on the audience, and Desert Sessions is no exception. But even at its strangest, the record has a mysterious allure.

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JERRY PAPER: LIKE A BABY

October 12th, 2018

Altogether, it’s a bit like the Santa Ana winds that he namechecks on the closing track, “More Bad News”—there’s something warm and almost supernatural in the balance he’s found here between a rosy kind of innocence and an impressively mature musicality.

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SAM WILKES: WILKES

October 12th, 2018

Sam Wilkes is definitely onto something. He may be familiar to some as an accomplished bassist delivering head-spinning lines in the fusion combo Knower, but on his latest—simply entitled WILKES—he becomes an intrepid bandleader and multi-instrumental alchemist, pushing further into the jazz-driven dream world introduced on his recent collaboration with Sam Gendel, Music for Saxofone and Bass Guitar.