Album of the Week: Tobias Jesso Jr. ‘Goon’

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Album of the Week: Tobias Jesso Jr. ‘Goon’

4.8 out of 5
Rating: 4.8

Every track remains pared down and subtle, Jesso emphasizing the piano-man’s ability to create big, emotional moments through raw, unencumbered production and direct songwriting.

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Pulling Focus: ‘The Limey’

Always imaginative and forever fragmented, 1999’s ‘The Limey’ is a frequently funny, and repeatedly poignant revenge thriller from director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Lem Dobbs.

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Covers Uncovered: Ben Sidran ‘Dylan Different’

One of the most surprising, enterprising cover albums ever made, Ben Sidran’s take on Bob Dylan is a treasure.

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Covers Uncovered: ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’

Jimmy Webb is the premier pop composer of our time, and his masterwork ‘By the Time I Get To Phoenix’ sets a standard that will not soon be equalled. The many covers of this tune are revelatory.

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Robert Johnson: A Bridge Over The Crossroads

What is it about ‘Cross Road Blues’ that is so alluring? You would swear there were two guitarists playing on the track. Then there is his voice: low and growling like a lustful beast,alternating with high falsettos.

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Pulling Focus: ‘Hiroshima, Mon Amour’

To love cinema, it is fair to say, is to love ‘Hiroshima, Mon Amour, Alain Resnais’ magnanimous entrée, an authentic dissertation on tenderness, cruelty, and forgetting.

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New Grooves: BADBADNOTGOOD, California X, CSNY Album Reviews

New Grooves features reviews of some of the best new music of 2015. From BADBADNOTGOOD’s collaboration with Ghostface Killah to California X to classic CSNY, these are albums worth your attention.

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13th Floor Elevators: Pioneers of Garage Rock

They no doubt pioneered the garage rock genre and are accurately credited as one of the bands that helped create punk rock.

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Teddy Thompson ‘A Piece of What You Need’ Album Review

4 out of 5
Rating: 4

Teddy Thompson is a talent worth screaming about from the rooftops. He is blessed with a gorgeous voice, a wry wit and musical genes bordering on genius.

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Steely Dan: Timeless, Brilliant and Deranged

5 out of 5
Rating: 5

No songwriting duo ever constructed a more perfect cage for their session musicians than Fagen and Becker. They hired the best and then drove them crazy with their obsessions. The result was timeless music.

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