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Jul 30, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

Less than a decade ago, seemingly unstoppable pop music polymath Jack Antonoff embarked on a prolific career as a collaborator and producer to a vast array of relevant artists from Taylor Swift and Lorde to Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent.

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Yola

Stand For Myself

Easy Eye Sound

Jul 29, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

Upon the release of her critically-acclaimed 2019 solo debut Walk Through Fire, refreshingly imaginative, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Yola had been present, in some form or another, for nearly two decades.

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LUMP

Animal

Partisan/Chrysalis

Jul 28, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

On a scale from one to extra lumpy, Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay’s latest collaboration as LUMP pushes the outer boundaries. In fact, looking back on their 2018 self-titled debut, the earlier album feels only to be testing the waters of where they could go.

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Jul 28, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

Aside from their classic 1982 debut album, this best of could arguably be called the definitive Violent Femmes collection. Originally appearing in 1993 on CD and cassette and only available on vinyl in Greece, 2021 sees the first ever vinyl reissue, on black and several colored variants.

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Jul 27, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

When the third album by Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers, originally came out in 2003, vinyl (at least in the mainstream) was considered dead, so it was only issued on CD (the primary format of the day) and cassette (albeit only in Japan as a promo).

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Ayron Jones

Child of the State

Big Machine/John Varvatos

Jul 27, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

Ayron Jones’ autobiographical songs of pain, suffering, success, and failure are a powerful mix of the ’90s grunge of his native Seattle with a wonderful amount of added soul and spice too.

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Jul 26, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

The first Descendents album since 2016’s excellent Hypercaffium Spazzinate is not the long-awaited follow-up of new material that they’re currently working on, but instead older recordings made in 2002 and 2004 of material originally written, rehearsed, and played live by the band in their early years (1977-1980).

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Jul 23, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

Veteran Laurel Canyon troubadour and activist Jackson Browne has re-emerged with his first album in nearly seven years. On Downhill from Everywhere, Browne offers yet another blend of his signature heartache and sociopolitical commentary, not unlike that of 2014’s well-received Standing in the Breach.

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Jul 22, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

To borrow from a story told by songwriter Jason Isbell about his first meeting with legendary interpreter Bettye LaVette, Isbell shared LaVette’s disdain at being referred to as a “soul” singer. LaVette’s retort was that the music she sang was called “rhythm and blues,” but that everything she did was soulful. Into this velvety stew we call “soulfulness,” you can safely stir in one Mr. Leon Bridges.

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