Album of the Week: Ashley Monroe ‘The Blade’

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Album of the Week: Ashley Monroe ‘The Blade’

4.3 out of 5
Rating: 4.3

So far The Blade has our vote as the top country album issued this year. Make no mistake: Ashley Monroe belongs in your record library.

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Essentials: Nina Simone ‘At The Village Gate’

5 out of 5
Rating: 5

One of the greatest live recordings of all time, by the incomparable Nina Simone. She is, without any doubt, the one other great singers idolize.

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All Hail Skrillex!

Skrillex is the future of music. We offer up guest columnist Jason Schreurs’ take on the multi-talented Skrillex as well as several essential tracks for your consideration.

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Underrated, Overlooked and Unjustly Ignored: American Music Club’s ‘California’

The ‘California’ album by American Music Club is not a Billboard-recognized classic in the halls of rock. Their marriage of bleary-eyed country rock and San Fran Soul was doomed to fail… on the charts that is.

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Rock of Ages: Neil Young ‘After the Gold Rush’

4.8 out of 5
Rating: 4.8

Ranking Neil Young albums can be difficult but it’s really hard to say any are better than ‘After the Goldrush’. Here’s why…

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Essentials: Ryan Adams ‘Ashes & Fire’

‘Ashes & Fire’ is also by far his most satisfying solo album to date. Produced by the legendary Glyn Johns and featuring an A-list cast of musicians, including Mandy Moore and Benmont Tench, this is a work of subdued country-tinged beauty.

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Essentials: Miles Davis ‘Miles Smiles’

4.8 out of 5
Rating: 4.8

That there is perfect order in Miles Davis’s 1966 gem, ‘Miles Smiles’, given all this beating of gravity, pulses, and orbits is the album’s magic.

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Essentials: Gil Scott-Heron ‘I’m New Here’

5 out of 5
Rating: 5

Gil Scott Heron’s final album is blues-roots-folk-poetic and at the same time it’s heavily accented with soundbites and a memorably pulsating rawness.

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Essentials: Arcade Fire ‘The Suburbs’

4 out of 5
Rating: 4

In ‘The Suburbs’ their third album, Arcade Fire created their most sophisticated and ambitious work -replete with string arrangements, backed by the sledgehammer propulsion of some of the most hard-driving drumming in indie rock music.

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Sparkle Moore, The Rockabilly Bombshell

Sparkle Moore was on the music scene so briefly she may have been an hallucination. One thing is certain: anyone who saw her or heard her perform never forgot her.

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