May 13, 2015
by Matthew McNaughton
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Shadows in the Night – Bob Dylan – Record Review

Bob Dylan’s latest album, Shadows in the Night, serves to reaffirm the 73-year-old’s agile artistic touch. An album of 10 cover songs, all also performed at one point by Frank Sinatra, Shadows in the Night departs from typical Dylan albums, the richness of which lie primarily in the originality and depth of the songwriting. Here Dylan highlights not the poetic quality of his words but rather the direct, emotional quality of his voice. Few, if any, singers can express as much depth and power through their vocals as Sinatra did. Often with minimal musical accompaniment, Sinatra’s voice carries a richness far greater than its sound, and Dylan’s covers successfully emulate and personalize that style…

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May 6, 2015
by Matthew McNaughton
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Dark Bird Is Home – The Tallest Man on Earth (RECORD REVIEW)

The Tallest Man On Earth returns May 12 with a new album, Dark Bird Is Home, from Dead Oceans records. Singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson has always paid homage to his Swedish roots in his three lovingly lo-fi folk records to date, preferring to record his unconventional guitar-picking in-house with minimal productive effects in an attempt to take down the barriers between the listener and the singer. In his music videos, he strums at his trusty guitar while perched on mountaintops, dressed in flannel shirts and a corresponding woodsy beard. Read more by Ian Concannon…

April 29, 2015
by Matthew McNaughton
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Kindred – Passion Pit (Album Review)

Passion Pit, the Cambridge, Mass.-based solo project of New Jersey native Michael Angelakos, has carved out a distinct position in American indie music. Between the folk revival seen in Bon Iver or Mumford & Sons and the mega-indie anthems of Fun, M83 and Imagine Dragons, Passion Pit prefers to work in energetic, melody-driven electronica. Kindred, released April 21 from Columbia Records, is a well-developed collection of catchy pop songs with a deeper meaning, even if that meaning gets a little lost along the way. Read more by Ian Concannon!