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July 8, 2014 at 5:33 AM

The amazing Mary Sarah debuts with country all-stars | New recordings

Mary Sarah, ‘Bridges’ (Cleopatra)

It seems almost incomprehensible that an 18-year-old singer could earn the respect of some of country music’s biggest living legends, but Mary Sarah makes it seem like she’s known them for years on her debut album, “Bridges.”

Mary SarahDolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and a host of others lend their voices to some of their signature songs, but Mary Sarah’s big accomplishment in her 12-track debut is that she never lets her star-studded guests outshine her.


Comments | More in Country | Topics: John Hiatt, Mary Sarah, Morrissey

July 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release their best record ever | New recordings

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, ‘CSNY 1974’ (Rhino)
On July 9, 1974, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young opened a 24-city tour at the Seattle Center Coliseum that featured some of their finest live moments. This long-in-the-works “CSNY 1974” box set collects 40 tracks from that four-decades-old tour. Tapes from 10 different cities were sourced, and though Seattle isn’t one of those, these were roughly the sounds heard that night.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Crosby Stills Nash & Young, CSNY 2014, New Recordings

June 17, 2014 at 5:31 AM

Say Hi grows up with ‘Endless Wonder’ | New Recordings

Say Hi, ‘Endless Wonder’ (Barsuk) Eric Elbogen, who performs as Seattle-based indie rock band Say Hi, spent much of his 2011 release “Um, Uh Oh” making pretty, contemplative songs that seemed designed mostly to not offend. “Endless Wonder” keeps its predecessor’s slick production while adding a funky swagger that’s noticeable right from the get-go on “Hurt in…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Barsuk Records, Endless Wonder, New Recordings

June 10, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Craft Spells dreams all run together | New recordings

CraftSpellsCraft Spells, ‘Nausea’ (Captured Tracks)

Apparently Justin Paul Vallesteros hates that his band, Craft Spells, is often described as dreamy — so much so that he added a frosty crispness to its sophomore album, “Nausea.”. Though it does little to eliminate the dream-pop vibe, the overall result is a tighter collection of songs than on “Idle Labor,” his 2011 debut album.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Craft Spells, Nausea, New Recordings

June 3, 2014 at 5:31 AM

LP has a future with ‘Forever For Now’ |New recordings

LP, ‘Forever For Now’ (Warner Bros) Somewhere, probably, you’ve already heard LP’s music. “Into the Wild,” from her new “Forever For Now,” has been on a Citibank ad already, and LP (born Laura Pergolizzi) has also penned songs for Rihanna and Christina Aguilera. On her impressive major label debut, LP creates anthem-like pop, often using old-timey Americana…


Comments | More in Americana, Rock/Pop | Topics: Forever For Now, Into the Wild, LP

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