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The Bummers, “Dairy Beach” (Independent)

Near daily heat advisories, algae choking the Gulf, sharks, flesh-eating bacteria … 2019 is not turning out to be a banner year for beach-going. So why not stay at home […]

Hash Cabbage, “Hash Cabbage” (Independent)

What’s this? Hash what now? Are these guys referring to a hash made out of cabbage or profits made off of selling hash? No matter. These exceedingly mellow jambanders have […]

Seth Walker, Are you Open? (Royal Potato Family)

Seth Walker’s music, although simple on the outside, can’t really be broken down into individual genres easily. It’s more about what style of music allows him to get close and […]

Geovane Santos, Jobim (Independent)

It only makes sense that the city’s best Brazilian jazz guitarist, Spotted Cat mainstay Geovane Santos, would want to do an album of Antonio Carlos Jobim standards, the ones that […]

Harold Steinitz and Dave Thomas, Wheels Up! (Independent)

The title and cover of this duo’s latest album suggests some ethereal experience—but maybe a boat would work better than a plane, since most of these tunes would make great […]

Tank and the Bangas, Green Balloon (Verve Forecast)

We’re used to hearing detailed discussions of cheddar from hip-hop groups—making money, keeping money, spending money—but Tank and the Bangas take it to a whole new level on their sophomore […]

Nick Sanders Trio, Playtime 2050 (Sunnyside)

The cover of the Nick Sanders Trio’s third album, if you’re not already looking at it, features a little girl and her stuffed companion, both of whom are wearing gas […]

Greg Schatz, Amoebotics (Hot Spazz Records)

Greg “Schatzy” Schatz has made a name for himself as one of New Orleans’s key singer-songwriters and, ironically, he got there by tearing himself down. Schatz was among the first […]

Valerie Sassyfrass, Blast Off! A Cosmic Cabaret (Independent)

We’ve seen this before: A talented musician toils in obscurity for lo these many years, until suddenly, almost accidentally, she trips over her formula for success. But in just that […]

One South Lark, Japanese Soda / Excuses (Independent)

The ghost of the Smiths, or rather whatever’s left of Morrissey’s muse at this point, haunts this single from last summer: Track one has the punky energy of the Vapors’ […]