Posts By Brian Hodge

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Expanding Horizons At The Newport Folk Festival

The Newport Folk Festival has ascended to one of the country’s premier music festivals, and for good reason. In a beautiful setting, where even the cheap seats provide a picturesque view, guests are treated to a long line-up of tastefully…

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Mac Miller – Faces

Mac Miller - Faces Self-released: 2014 Moms possess an incredible skill: They can convince you to do things you don’t want to do. It’s only after the fact – after you look back at your suddenly, uncharacteristically clean room – when…

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Kool A.D. – Word O.K.

Kool A.D. - Word O.K. Self-released: 2014 Rap fans know what they’re getting at this point from Victor Vasquez – better-known as Kool A.D.: left-field, border-line absurdist free-associative rhymes, delivered with a “What, me worry?” grin in the vein of Alfred E.…

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L’Orange – The Orchid Days

L’Orange – The Orchid Days Mello Music Group: 2014 L’Orange is more than a producer, he’s a storyteller. Ever since his debut in 2011, he’s nailed a signature style, developed a distinct voice, and, with The Orchid Days, liberated yet…

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CYNE – All My Angles Are Right

CYNE – All My Angles Are Right Hometapes: 2014 Much has changed since 2003: Saddam Hussein was still running things in Iraq, YouTube did not exist and a group called CYNE was bursting onto the scene with their debut album,…

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James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical

James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical Vagrant: 2014 With much of the United States locked in one of the longest winters in recent memory, you could hardly blame a listener for wanting to escape with a record with a title…

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Concert Recap: Dance Music Group Darkside Lights Up Boston’s Paradise Rock Club

On a bitterly cold February night, the Paradise Rock Club felt like a refuge. Inside the hot Boston venue, a sell-out crowd eagerly awaited Darkside, the progressive dance outfit from the mind of electronic musician Nico Jaar. Following opener High…

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Murs – $hut Your Trap

Murs – $hut Your Trap Murs 316: 2014 Do your parents ever pick up your iPad and do everything but turn it on correctly? Or grab a Playstation controller upside down and try to join you in video games? That’s…

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Denzel Curry – “Captain Universe”

It’s been a busy few months for rising rapper Denzel Curry. Freshly buzzing from his Nostalgia 64 tape and hype shows throughout the country, the former Raider Klan member is now prepping release of his new EP, Planet Shrooms. This rare…

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Kwes – ilp

Kwes. - ilp Warp: 2013 God save the queen. In addition to Shakespeare, fish and chips, and IPAs, her majesty’s United Kingdom has also graced modern music fans with a panoply of uber-talented multi-instrumentalists. Kwes. (real name Kwesi Sey) is just…