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LxL’s 10 Most Anticipated 2015 Albums

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2015 is set to be a year we hear from a bunch of creative heavy-hitters. Last year was largely dominated by quiet contemplative records, this year I think will be full of big-time records. So here are our 10 most anticipated records of 2015. 10. Father John Misty Father John Misty, aka Joshua Tillman, is a modern master of musical satire, a lost art these days. His debut of “Bored in the USA” on Letterman, which takes modern capitalist quasi-religious

Get On Up Review

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Music biopics are cat nip for Oscar voters. Biopics like Ray, Dreamgirls and Walk the Line have been showered with love from the Academy, but for whatever reason, Get On Up, Tate Taylor’s (The Help, Winter’s Bone) James Brown biopic, is getting very little Oscar buzz, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it got completely snubbed. Why is this the case? Well I have three reasons I think Get On Up isn’t getting the attention it deserves. 1. Get On

D’Angelo and the Vanguard Review: Black Messiah

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D’Angelo and the Vanguard Black Messiah After reading Questlove’s phenomenal memoir Mo Meta Blues, my biggest surprise coming away from the book was the way Questlove talked about his work with R&B vagabond D’Angelo (he produced his first two albums). Questlove sounds like a father talking about his first born son. When we saw D’Angelo’s first live performance in a number of years at the 2012 Bonnaroo Superjam, Questlove went as far as calling his favorite R&B singer. You could

LxL’s Best of 2014: Individual Edition

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Here are our personal year-end best albums and songs from 2014. Be sure to check out our collective list of the best 20 albums of 2014 as well as our best new artists and best live shows. Austin 1. Perfume Genius – Too Bright 2.Beck – Morning Phase 3. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager 4. Jack White – Lazaretto 5. D’Angelo – Black Messiah 6. Run the Jewels – RTJ2 7. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold 8. The Antlers –

LxL’s 20 Best Albums of 2014

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Here it is. Arguably our favorite list every year. A year’s worth of listening all distilled into one list. 2014 was a surprisingly weak year for hip hop (minus the colossal RTJ2), a wonderful year for triumphant returns (Beck, Jenny Lewis, D’Angelo), and a showcase of how important honesty is in music with some beautifully vulnerable records (Perfume Genius, Sun Kil Moon, Damon Albarn). Who knows what 2015 holds, but for now we can reflect on all the greatness their was

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