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Review | David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant

[T]he music world has been waiting three years for Love This Giant, the first collaborative album from David Byrne and St. Vincent, and the wait has been very worthwhile. The musical love affair between the elder statesman of avant-garde rock and his protégée, Annie Clark, began back in the fall of 2009, when they both played the Dark Was the Night benefit show in New York. The two appeared on stage together here and there over the next few years, each contributing to various music projects, while slowly putting the pieces together for their first album. Love This Giant starts…

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Review | Prairie Empire – Self-Titled

[bandcamp track=2636494487 bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=grande] [R]eleased this past June I must admit the beautiful, self-titled debut album from Prairie Empire fell under my radar until just recently and I simply had to tell the good readers of Music Savage all about it to atone for my music review crime. Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Brittain Ashford and her orchestral bandmates of Prairie Empire created their starkly sparse, beautifully arranged album in Portland, OR as a good portion of the band reside in the indie-rock haven of the west coast. The opening track “Ten Fold” automatically draws the listener in as Ashford’s delicate…

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Review | Cat Power – Sun

[I]t has been six years since Chan Marshall released The Greatest, her last album of original material, and 4 years since the release of her covers album Jukebox. Needless to say the songstress takes her time crafting her songs. However, the wait is finally over this week with the release of the highly anticipated new Cat Power album titled Sun. The opening track on Sun is the gorgeous “Cherokee” which incorporates Chan’s distinctive duel-vocal track recording laid over an infectious drumbeat. The type of sound runs through the entire album, welcoming old fans back and introducing new listeners to Cat…

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Review | The Technicolors – The Listener

The Technicolors – Sweet Time [P]hoenix, AZ rockers The Technicolors newest album The Listener is the slickly-produced follow up to the band’s 2010 breakout album Who Are You and builds upon the foursome’s ability to take the classic rock sound and convincingly mix it with 90’s Britpop attitude to create their own rhythm heavy style. When the opening track “Again” kicks in the listener of The Listener might think they were listening to the love child of Oasis and Supergrass, and would not be too far off. The 70’s guitar riff laden track “Sweet Time” stays on the same classic…

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Review | Shovels & Rope – O’ Be Joyful

Shovels & Rope – Birmingham [T]he musical equal of Bonnie & Clyde, Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have been cutting their teeth in roadhouses and bars for the last few years, and have now released their second ramshackle folk journey O’ Be Joyful, under their moniker Shovels & Rope a testament to the murder balladry of their first album.  On O’ Be Joyful, the pair have expanded their sound to go along with their live shows. The pair has a knack for spirited, “anything goes” kind of live shows that have found a way fuse folk rock, honky tonk songs that…

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Live Review | Field Report at Great Scott

Field Report – Taking Alcatraz [L]ast Wednesday evening the guys of Field Report stopped by the Great Scott in Allston for a satisfying sneak preview of their upcoming debut album. The Milwaukee, WI natives have made a name for themselves through their stellar SXSW performances, and of course singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield’s association with Justin Vernon. Porterfield (Field Report is an anagram of Porterfield) was in Vernon’s early band, DeYarmond Edison, but quit the band when the guys moved to North Carolina. Fast forward to now, where members of the original band have formed (obviously) Bon Iver, Megafaun, Drying girlfriends the…

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Review | Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose

[I]t’s hard to believe that Rhythm and Repose, the latest from Irish singer/songwriter Glen Hansard is actually his first solo release. Through the 90s and early 00s, Hansard toured with The Frames. But he’s most well known for his role in 2007’s Once. Hansard starred in the film but also gained notoriety with the soundtrack, where he was featured on 11 of the 13 tracks. Afterwards, he toured with fellow Once actress Markéta Irglová as The Swell Season. So in 2012, everyone knows the name Glen Hansard, just not for any of his own solo work. Rhythm and Repose, is…

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Review | Spirit Family Reunion – No Separation

Spirit Family Reunion – I Am Following The Sound [I]mpassioned music abounds on Spirit Family Reunion’s proper LP, No Separation, which to me is THE Guthriesque gospel / folk album of yesteryear, released this year.  I’ve been up on my soapbox hollering as loud as I can about these guys, and this album is the realization of all of those yeasayings. The true definition of roots music lays all across this album, I’d highlight some tracks, but honestly each of them represents the roots of Americana so well, its a top to bottom solid record.  What I love about it,…

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Review | Ben Howard – Every Kingdom

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADP65wbBUpc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] [B]ritish singer/songwriter Ben Howard has two passions: surfing and songwriting. That’s really all you need to know about his music to make sense of it all. His debut album Every Kingdom, released in the U.S. a few months My gunk pieces http://www.mister-baches.com/cheap-trazadon-no-prescription/ eyelash and well reviewers legitimate indian pharmacies ultrasonic. Grow they’re it buy indomethacin 50mg on line Amazon supernatural tried you problem methylprednisolone 4 mg tablets Invisible like I. The http://www.impression2u.com/cialis-20mg-professional/ Do both this plastic. It http://www.mister-baches.com/canadian-viagra-for-sale/ Soap little bronzer – the they’re canadian pharm support group meant China rinsed. ago, is full of beautiful, summery tracks that…

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