Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley: Standing at the Sky’s Edge

Richard Hawley is a classic crooner. His tender baritone overwhelms the senses with its incandescent cadence and light, caressing glow. A single inflection, harrowed and heartfelt, ignites an inextinguishable flame, leaving a deep longing for companionship and romance. Hawley’s sixth studio album, Standing at the Sky’s Edge, is hauntingly beautiful.
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The Tallest Man on Earth: There’s No Leaving Now

The Dylan comparisons have been done to death. Vocally, lyrically and in whatever way you want to slice it. With that said (and the Dylan comparison out of the way), the following must be said: Kristian Matsson (The Tallest Man on Earth) is an Artist. Capital A. Artist is a
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Japandroids: Celebration Rock

It’s a miracle that Celebration Rock even exists. After two unappreciated EPs, Japandroids’ debut album, 2009’s Post-Nothing, was supposed to be their swan song — a last ditch effort before exiting the stage and calling it quits. But Post-Nothing unexpectedly won the affection of both yearning critics and head-banging fans,
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Curren$y: The Stoned Immaculate

Jim Morrison is dead. Fucking sad, but true. Though, when he did ‘break on through’ to the other side in 1971 in that bathtub in Paris, Morrison left an indelible mark on music, pop culture and so on and so on, despite the fact that The Doors are consistently, and
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Rebecca Ferguson: Heaven

Rebecca Ferguson may have finished second on the seventh season of The X Factor UK back in 2010, but her debut album, Heaven, is first rate. The Liverpool native released Heaven in the UK in December of 2011 to great commercial and critical success, going platinum in both the United
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The Walkmen: Heaven

You can always count on the Walkmen to consistently deliver incredible albums. While the quality of their music has never changed, the mood of the band has certainly evolved over the past decade. Heaven is calm and pensive, with nothing that resembles the fiery angst of their 2004 hit, “The
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Regina Spektor: What We Saw from the Cheap Seats

When Regina Spektor composes lyrics, she doesn’t write them down. This can be a problem; lyrics slip through the cracks of memory like change between couch cushions. What she does manage to get down into a song, however, tends to be memorable, a sweet bit of candy for the ears.
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Sigur Ros: Valtari

Valtari, the sixth album from the Icelandic experimental pop quartet Sigur Ros doesn’t play with the formula that had served them well for 13 years. With generous helpings of their signature slow building melodies gloriously reimagined in tracks like “Ekki Mukk” and “Fjogur Piano” and enough falsetto to make Chris
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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Here

With a band name like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, it was hardly surprising when their 2009 album, Up From Below became something of an anthem for hipsters the world over. Three years later, the band’s follow-up album, Here, moves into new territory without totally forsaking the folksy kitch
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Best Coast: The Only Place

Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno of Best Coast, the surf pop outfit from Los Angeles, return with their sophomore LP The Only Place. Since the release of their debut album, 2010’s Crazy For You, Best Coast has toured extensively, supported Planned Parenthood, advertised for Converse, shot a music video directed
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