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Listening to … Maggie Rose, ‘Cut to Impress’

If you have not been listening to Maggie Rose, it isn’t because music critics haven’t been telling you to. We will tell you her chart performance in no way reflects her talent, which put her aptly titled Cut to Impress album on … Continue reading

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Listening to … Chase Rice, ‘Ready Set Roll’

Reading Chase Rice‘s biography after a few listens to his 2013 EP Ready Set Roll, it is no surprise to find Rice was a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s Cruise. The six-song EP — seven if you get a physical … Continue reading

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Listening to … Sundy Best, ‘Bring Up the Sun’

  Sundy Best‘s first album, Door Without a Screen, was geared to establish the Prestonsburg natives and Lexington-based duo as a Kentucky band with songs like Mountain Parkway and Kentucky Women. Bring Up the Sun, which released on iTunes Monday and drops everywhere else Tuesday, is … Continue reading

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Listening to … Beck, ‘Morning Phase’

As the Beach Boys-esque harmonies of Morning Phase came through my headphones, I had to remind myself that my favorite Beck album was Odelay, the 1996 record that was on the leading edge of a trend toward mixing hip-hop, traditional music, analog aesthetic and … Continue reading

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Review: Ben Sollee’s Half Made Man

This seems to be the month of folky artists giving us big new albums that push their largely acoustic boundaries. We have Mumford and Sons with Babel, which the band told Q‘s Jian Ghomeshi was partly a fulfillment of their desire to perform … Continue reading

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Review: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Before we get into what Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange is, let’s say what it isn’t. It is not the gay hip hop/R&B album. Ocean, born Christopher “Lonny” Breaux, caused a sensation earlier this month publishing a letter saying his first … Continue reading

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Album review: The Portland Cello Project and Ben Sollee

The cello isn’t just for classical music anymore, if it ever really  was in the first place. This month started with new releases from Lexington’s own Ben Sollee and Northwesterners The Portland Cello Project that highlight the variety of ways … Continue reading

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Album review: The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved

Among recent new releases by Jason Mraz, Train and Birdy dropped this curiosity: The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved, a dramatizion of Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 article that pioneered gonzo journalism. It just sat there on my Spotify cue for a … Continue reading

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Review: The Fray, Scars & Stories

The Fray came on NBC’s Super Bowl pregame show Sunday afternoon performing the leadoff track from the band’s new album, Scars & Stories. Listening to Heartbeat, I caught myself thinking, “That’s OK, but it’s no How to Save a Life.” … Continue reading

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Review: Lana Del Rey, Born to Die

It is fashionable to pick on Lana Del Rey. I am not a very fashionable guy. When I downloaded her new album, Born to Die, I knew a bit about her background and of course had caught her now infamous … Continue reading

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