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CD Reviews

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    Album Reviews: Wiz Khalifa, Banks and Jeezy

    By Andreas Hale

    Just like the Snoop Doggy Dogg who released Doggystyle, the Wiz Khalifa who put the world on notice with his Kush & OJ mixtape is long gone.

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    CD Reviews: Hit Me Baby, Toxsikk, 3rd Man In

    By Jarret Keene

    I go to punk rock for passionate ferocity and ferocious passion. Maybe it’s why I find this digital-only, Britney-covers album by tribute band Hit Me Baby so irritatingly kitschy.

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    CD Reviews: Talib Kweli, Fabolous and B.o.B.

    By Andreas Hale

    Conscious Hip-Hop Talib Kweli Gravitas (Javotti Media) Talib Kweli’s identity crisis has been maddening at times. He’s a socially conscious MC whose methods to integrate into the mainstream have produced polarizing results. But rather than conform, Kweli’s latest album is a return to form for the New York rapper. Heavy on the subject matter, Kweli […]

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    Album Reviews: The Crystal Method, Markus Schulz and Paul Basic

    By Deanna Rilling

    They’ve still got it! Celebrating 20 years, the duo originally from Las Vegas returns with their fifth studio album—and you’d be an idiot not to check it out.

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    Album Reviews: Brendan Benson, Mogwai and Against Me!

    Frequent Jack White collaborator Benson returns with his first solo album since 2012’s What Kind of World. Released on his own label, You Were Right collects both songs originally released as part of a monthly singles series and newly recorded versions of outtakes from his previous albums.

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    CD Reviews: Unfair Fight, Mercy Music/ No Red Alice, Sin City Sinners

    By Jarret Keene

    This hardcore quartet has been slugging it out in the scene for at least half a decade. Their recent EP, released on the band’s own label, epitomizes everything good about punk—no-bullshit riffs, relentless drumming, raw vocals and pointed lyrics.

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    CD Reviews: Childish Gambino, Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla, Skyzoo & Antman

    By Andreas Hale

    A really massive mainstream album is trapped somewhere within the mind of Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover of Community fame). However, because of his insistence on doing things his way, his musical complexities block that stream from flowing.

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    CD Reviews: Glen Hansard, Daytona and The Last Astronaut

    Fans of Once star and former Swell Season member Hansard’s heart-wrenching voice will have to wait a little while longer for a full new album, but until then, they have this four-song EP to tide them over.

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    CD Reviews: Avalon Landing, The Bones and The People’s Whiskey

    By Jarret Keene

    Las Vegas’ indie-rock dark horse has to be this quintet, led by singer-guitarist Mike Vargovich and singer-keyboardist Josh Rabenold, whose voices blend majestically on this collection of bigger-than-life pop songs.

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    CD Reviews: Jhene Aiko, Solange Knowles and Troy Ave

    By Andreas Hale

    California songstress Jhene Aiko has been building a strong buzz since she released Sailing Soul(s) in 2011. She has even collaborated regularly with hip-hop heavyweights Kendrick Lamar and Drake.

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    CD Reviews: AC Slater, Booka Shade and Mat Zo

    By Deanna Rilling

    Get down with some super-deep basslines that make you want to hump a woofer. AC Slater, the “King of Heavy Bass House in America”—likely a self-proclaimed title, but it’s fitting—shells out a three-track EP that’s just the right balance between soulful classic house and new-school wonky beats.

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    CD Reviews: Pearl Jam, AFI and Paul McCartney

    By Pj Perez

    On its latest full-length, Lightning Bolt, Pearl Jam reinforces why it’s become one of rock’s most earnest and enduring acts, easily moving from thrash-y rockers such as “Mind Your Manners” to poppy, mid-tempo tracks such as “Infallible.”

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    CD Reviews: Self Abuse, Panic! at the Disco and Elton John

    By Jarret Keene

    Las Vegas label SquidHat seems determined to spotlight every obscure punk band (Peccadilloes, Guilty by Association) in town with a retrospective. Here’s the latest release—an affordable ($5) digital download offering 20 remastered tracks by Self Abuse.

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    CD Reviews: Dom Kennedy, Black Milk and Nipsey Hussle

    By Andreas Hale

    After putting the industry on notice with the Yellow Album mixtape, Leimert Park’s Dom Kennedy decided not to align himself with a major label. Instead he released the independent follow-up, Get Home Safely.

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    CD Reviews: Drake, Pusha T and The Foreign Exchange

    By Andreas Hale

    Drake’s third studio album, Nothing Was the Same, finds the Canadian superstar using music as his metaphoric couch for psychoanalysis. Successful as he may be, Drake opens his soul to touch on faltering relationships (“Too Much”), neglecting ex-girlfriends (“Furthest Thing”) and missed connections (“From Time”) to prove he’s still human.

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