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'Hold On, We're Going Home' hitmakers release debut EP

BY ADAM DEPOLLO

Majid Jordan was faced with the equally daunting tasks of establishing an identity for themselves and living up to the success of their collaboration with Drake. With this release’s brooding instrumentals and luscious vocals, it’s safe to say that the duo has succeeded on both counts.

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La Roux satisfies with upbeat pop on 'Trouble in Paradise'

Polydor

BY ADAM DEPOLLO

The creative split between the duo’s members seems to have opened the way for Jackson to pursue her ‘80s throwback aesthetic to its potently danceable and upbeat conclusions on her latest release.

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Common holds nothing back in portrait of Chicago streets

ARTium

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

The particular immaterial quality of his voice allows him to give his subject matter a unique importance, a cut-the-shit directness that aims its five-fingered death punch straight at your forehead.

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Weird Al's new parodies: Always witty, not always fun to listen to

Capitol

BY KEN SELANDER

Maybe pop music in the 90’s and early aughts was just better and gave Weird Al a foundation of quality music to build off of to gain success through ripping off other artists in the most comical, fun-loving way possible.

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Rise Against devolves into repetitive droning on 'The Black Market'

DGC

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

The Black Market is conspiratorial, speculative, and wholly reduced to formula. It’s a misanthropic, redundant mess. In fact, if the album achieves anything, it’s this: a complete representation of Rise Against’s own drastic polar-melting of its older, truer music.

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Slow Club explores romance on 'Complete Surrender'

Moshi Moshi Records

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

In a sense, Slow Club’s first two albums form the first and second parts of a romantic trilogy. As the third installment, Complete Surrender rounds off the landscape’s fraying edges and reveals the redemptive joy of love in reunification.

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Brian Burlage: The Best Albums of 2014 (so far)

BY BRIAN BURLAGE

As these two ceremonies-of-sorts collide, sentiment rises, retrospection of the first half of the year ensues, and high hopes for the remaining half begin to take shape. In this sense, it seems entirely appropriate to take a closer look at some of 2014’s best music releases thus far:

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The B-side

Herb David: Crafting Ann Arbor's musical legacy

He's made guitars for Eric Clapton, Sonic Youth, the Byrds and Jerry Garcia, hung out with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Iggy Pop and Jimi Hendrix and lived near the center of Ann Arbor's once-blossoming countercultural music scene. He's also one of the country's best instrument maker and he lives right around the corner.

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