SoKo: I Thought I Was An Alien

SoKo begins I Thought I Was An Alien with something of a warning: “You will discover me through my songs/Learn my heartbreaks and fears and depression/Hear all the cracks and the lack of talent/And I hope t...

Van Dyke Parks: Songs Cycled

While it can be traced back to a number of specific historic styles, the music of Van Dyke Parks is highly distinctive and, on Songs Cycled, is used in such a variety of moods and flavors that it is in no d...
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The Technicolors: In Living Color

Above all, The Technicolors strive to be loud. Their ambitious 2012 debut, Listener Deluxe, is an album bursting with rousing and expansive rock songs—which is no surprise considering that the Phoenix band cite...
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Charlie Mars: That’s How He Rolls

Charlie Mars is distinct among singer-songwriters, lauded for both his confessional storytelling and his immediately catchy, soulful grooves. The Mississippi native’s songs have been praised by the press, and h...

Shannon McNally: Small Town Talk

Small Town Talk is a tribute album to Cajun songwriter Bobby Charles. As I’m unfamiliar with the man himself, I don’t have the authority to call McNally’s renditions definitive reinventions. However, given ...

Jo Henley: The Fall Comes Early

If there’s one thing about The Fall Comes Early that I’m thankful for, it’s how inaccurate the expectations set by the prevailing bleakness of both the cover art and the song titles are. For in the hands of...
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Bill Popp: Popp Icons

Queens native Bill Popp got his first stroke of musical inspiration in the early 1960s from The Beatles, and was set off for good on a path of dedicated performing and songwriting. He formed Bill Popp And The T...