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Re: “The Avett Brothers

I sure am!!! I love you and have been waiting since you came to the Pasadena Rodeo!!! Soooo ready!!

Posted by Christina Ben on 02/19/2016 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Shelley Short

This type of pick is called a "plectrum" or guitar pick. The left hand holds the neck of the guitar while the fingers pluck the strings. Different finger positions on the fretboard make different notes.

Posted by Joseph Orth on 09/28/2015 at 4:04 AM

Re: “Jolie Holland

For sure, agreed.

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Posted by James Panzy on 06/02/2014 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Jolie Holland

I mostly agree with the previous comment,but I think her 'Springtime' album was still within bounds.In this latest album her voice is off the scale,and not in a good way.It`s either misguided pretention or a lack of confidence in her own enchanting voice."Less is more" ~Robert Browning

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Posted by Sally Weil on 05/30/2014 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Jolie Holland

i dunno. does Holland play in that league? it's kind of hard to hear all those evocations of american experience in a voice that has become so tragically saturated over the years. it really WAS an intersection of many american genres, but somewhere after Escondida it's as if Holland felt the need to make her voice more...HOLLAND--ditching nuance for what is basically now a schtick. most tragic of all is that her song writing is awesome--dark, cleaver, and subversive at times. But that voice. So let's not get carried away here: jolie holland--jolie friggin' holland?!?--does not play in the big leagues as far as "evocations" go.

"Saint Dymphna," "the Love You Save."

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Posted by James Panzy on 05/27/2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Forrest Day

Originality? Not much? You're out of your mind, Mark Keresman.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Donna Paggio on 01/27/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Cults

Definitely a darker album. They're also incredible live, I was just watching this session and it's awesome:

Posted by Mel Davis on 11/02/2013 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Various Artists

Various Artists is another great review for a great song. Review:

Posted by Corey Zeimen on 10/06/2013 at 3:43 AM

Re: “Fuck Buttons

I don't understand anything about this article. Why the headline "Fuck Buttons"? (And why does it appear without being censored in mainstream media?) What is a "Slow Focus"?

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Posted by Tamara Elias on 09/18/2013 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Ty Segall

Respectfully, I disagree. The album reminds me a lot of Donovan's work, another writer who relied heavily on cliche and repeated refrains. Viewed in the proper emotional context, i.e., the death of Segall's father and subsequent estrangement from his mother, the album is a pretty powerful emotional statement.

Even without that knowledge, the album's themes of loneliness and sense of drifting cut right through the clutter. I think it's actually fairly lyrically complex. And if sometimes the emotions are greater than words, I'm happy just to be there to experience the feeling.

It's a genuinely emotional and open record, from a guy I never expected either from. Give it another spin.

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Posted by Rob Ferrier on 09/04/2013 at 5:12 AM

Re: “K. Flay

Good review for a good album! Excited to see her kill it live at the Wonder Ballroom on sept. 4th. I’ve heard she kills it in concert!

Posted by Ross Caravati on 09/02/2013 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Shuggie Otis

Great write up! the NPR write-up is really amazing! Shuggie is a legend!

Posted by Adeeyy Eyy on 04/14/2013 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Shuggie Otis

Can't wait for this! The video for these releases is pretty awesome.

Posted by Macky Paige on 04/13/2013 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Shuggie Otis

Incredibly excited to hear these tracks. I first caught wind of Shuggie's rerelease from NPR at and am now hooked. :)

Posted by Rachel Siteman on 04/13/2013 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Ian Carey Quintet + 1

FYI, the CD Release Show will be held this Thursday, February 21 at 8pm, at the Sound Room in Oakland:

Posted by ianmcarey on 02/19/2013 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Christopher Owens

If your ears are open, you will hear honesty from me

My interpretation of "Here We Go":…

Posted by frans schuman on 01/31/2013 at 11:38 AM

Re: “A$AP Rocky

Loving A$AP’s album, can’t stop listening to it! check out the video for the title track “LONG.LIVE.A$AP”, so good:

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Posted by Amanda Dissinger on 01/16/2013 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Lil B

im here from the task force to say that youre not listening hard enough

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Posted by Andrew Mohanty on 12/14/2012 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Penelope Houston


Posted by James Macleod on 11/25/2012 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Dan Deacon

This album is full of amazing surprises and it gets better with each listen

Posted by Whitne on 10/02/2012 at 8:53 PM

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