NoParticularOrder: 25 Albums to Check Out – 2015 mid-year

NoParticularOrder: 25 Albums to Check Out
Article by Rob Leonard


Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp

Slated to be one of the more memorable albums of the year, Ivy Tripp belongs to everyone but belongs to no one. We’ve all felt the extremely detailed feelings that Katie Crutchfield puts on display – relatively straight forward songwriting but the minimalist appeal is what allows the unavoidable spaces to highlight Crutchfield’s “over-it” semi-anxious lyricism.
Notables: “Breathless” and “Stale by Noon”

Free Clinic – Wait it Out

Wilmington’s own Free Clinic is a brash and energetic blend of riffy pop – at times surfy and other instances you might hear a bit of The Strokes, the opening to “Off My Rocker” is a perfect example. Mildly self-deprecating and under appreciated these sounds remind you that the garage is still the best place to piece together tunes.

Notables: “Better” and “Sappy Talk”

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Album Review: Kendrick Lamar, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
(Aftermath/Interscope – March 16, 2015)
(Rap, West Coast Rap, Hip/Hop)
Review by Rob Leonard


The burgeoning hunger for direction and implementation by the societal return to the civil rights movement has put Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly at the helm. Kendrick’s zeitgest appeal comes at a time when street-beat-media-makers and social platforms Twitter and Tumblr directly foster accountability within the judicial system. People, humanities greatest asset, are exploited with zeal and to take it a step further (if you haven’t looked around) African Americans and other minorities are exploited at a systemic level. Continue reading