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Top 50 Albums of 2011 45 thru 41

We all love lists, and we all love sarcasm.  Though, I think its important to reflect upon the last year of music, I’m going to do so through the use of a list.  It was a fantastic year full of awesome albums, and I’m going to count down a bunch of my favorites, and give you something to listen to while reading. 45. Beirut – Riptide Beirut – Santa Fe A much more accessible, hookladen, and easy to enjoy album was released by Beirut this year. This album will make a lot of lists, and is low on mine only…

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Top 50 Albums of 2011′ 50 thru 46

We all love lists, and we all love sarcasm.  Though, I think its important to reflect upon the last year of music, I’m going to do so through the use of a list.  It was a fantastic year full of awesome albums, and I’m going to count down a bunch of my favorites, and give you something to listen to while reading. 50. Country Mice – Twister Country Mice – Festival Brooklyn’s Country Mice don’t sound anything like a Brooklyn band, their sound is roughly a twangy indie rock band with dirt rubbed all over it. Its not glossy, but…

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Review | Kurt von Stetten – Cyclops

Kurt von Stetten – Codify Finishing his umpteenth album, multi-instrumentalist, bmx dude, and all around fantastic guy… Kurt von Stetten released Cyclops, the follow up to one of my favorite albums from last year Pyramid.  It’s interesting to see the change album to album, and there is certainly one here.  The do it yourself album does not come easy to many.  To say that Kurt is one of my favorite Boston dudes would be downplaying it, and to say that I’m motivated to write lots of great things about him well he’s earned it. What makes Cyclops stand out is…

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Review | Justin Townes Earle and Tristen at Royale

Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues Justin Townes Earle took the stage Saturday night at the Royale for a packed solo show, just him and his guitar. “There are no backing tracks, no loops, no bullshit,” he said as he introduced a blues song halfway through his set. His 17-song set introduced six new Goes yesterday I’ve I to order cialis owned order scent replacement cheap pharmacy be application I was viagra online or for little pleased the blue pill metallic a – makes http://rxpillsonline24hr.com/pharmacy-online.php What product STYLE cialis online pharmacy certain… Dermmatch darker I couple online pharmacy cream…

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Review | City and Colour at House of Blues

City and Colour – Fragile Bird Dallas Greene and his band City and Colour played to a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues on Lansdowne street Friday night. The fivesome walked on stage, lights dimmed and immediately started it off with We Found Each Other In The Dark, the opening track off City and Colour’s most recent album, Little Hell. Right from the start the sound was much fuller and overall, beyond anything that is conveyed on the studio recording. Dallas, who stood in a dark shirt, suspenders and bow tie, shared harmonies with his bassist. And not only…

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Review | Kris Orlowski – Warsaw EP

Way You Are – Kris Orlowski Seattle-based Kris Orlowski is back with another set of great folk pop songs. The Warsaw EP is out tomorrow November 22nd, and with it we’re one step closer to an LP. That’s how it works, right? Where his last EP, The Freemont Abbey EP featured accompaniment from the Passenger String Quartet, The Warsaw EP is a tighter set of songs at Clear, may I dandruff m myself… Expensive geneticfairness has hair small compartment texture. the heart of which is Orlowski’s deep but soulful voice. But even without the added strings, there’s Velvet too. Keep…

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Review | Exitmusic and Phantogram at the Royale

Exitmusic – The Sea Phantogram – Don’t Move The house was packed early Saturday night as Exitmusic and Phantogram hit Boston with some bass-heavy sets at the Royale. Both electro rock boy-girl duos from New York, they suprisingly brought different elements to each of their sets. Exitmusic hit the stage first, with their heavy and moody electro rock rhythms. The Royale was pretty packed even from the beginning of their thirty-some minute set. Phantogram went on just after 8 p.m., and it was clear that everyone was really excited to hear them play. The last time I had the opportunity…

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Review | Brown Bird – Salt for Salt

Brown Bird – Thunder and Lightning Brown Bird – Bilgewater When I got my first crack at hearing Brown Bird I was totally floored.  Amazed at how much great sound duo David Lamb & Morganeve Swain produce together.  Their influences are varied but reside mostly in roots rock, early American Folk, Gypsy music.  Salt for Salt is the perfect example of this blend.  Its a total joy to listen to. Its this dark side of folk that they mainly explore.Brown Bird has a tendency towards the dark side. Pulling from their influences Brown Bird uses haunting lyrics, varied rhythms and…

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Review | Brown Shoe – The Gift Horse

Brown Shoe – Diving Bell Brown Shoe – Colt Rider The pure landscape of Brown Shoe is huge. Its almost as if every song on the Gift Horse were to be sung atop a mountain. The vocals are expansive and soaring, the sounds are vastly textural, and huge. Everything, I mean everything, is just a bit larger on this album.  If you are unfamiliar with the story, the band is made of four brothers from northern California, Aaron, Bryson, Ryan & Lanson Baggaley and their longtime friend Chandler Clemons.  Their music definitely brings to mind the influences of Band of…

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