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Like school children sending notes back and forth across the classroom, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann were constantly exchanging songs cross-country in preparation for "The Both." Their debut release isn't so much a work of two separately renowned artists, but one in which the Both come together to create something unified, cohesive and extraordinarily catchy.

The War on Drugs truly creates a genre of its own, combining the electricity of psychedelia with the craftsmanship of veteran songwriters. It may be hard to fathom, but worry less about categorizing and temporarily drift away via "Lost in the Dream."

"Locus" effortlessly flows in and out of structural time constraints with the unlikely combination of cornet, balaphone and the Nintendo Game Boy. If you have any naive assumptions about the Chicago Underground Duo, they are most likely wrong.

After constant tours and 60 hours a week in the studio, Quilt's brand of psychedelic pop has finally reached perfection, resulting in its newest release "Held in Splendor."

Following up his acclaimed album with Emmylou Harris in 2013, Rodney Crowell draws on songs written a few years back and rekindles his creativity with musicians from his '80s career. The result is his 14th solo achievement, "Tarpaper Sky."

Former St. Louisan Angel Olsen tackles loneliness and heartache on her latest effort, "Burn Your Fire for No Witness."

Matthew Shipp Trio's "Root of Things" reveals the beauty and the hideousness of the world around us via six free-form compositions.

From the Bronx to New Orleans, Hurray for the Riff Raff proves that finding a place to call home is most important in "Small Town Heroes."

Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:40

Charting the Music: Dum Dum Girls, 'Too True'

With maximized studio production and a look to die for, Dum Dum Girls' "Too True" could promote founder Dee Dee Penny to popstar/sex symbol status.

Monday, 16 December 2013 18:30

Charting the Music: Ha Ha Tonka, 'Lessons'

Ha Ha Tonka's new badge of honor, "Lessons," expresses maturity, along with all the pain and regret that can come with this new found wisdom.

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