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Redwoods artist Birdy Bardot, for instance, has a truly inspiring record out – it deserves every bit of praise it has received. The record is a smoky collection of well-written songs that pay tribute to Motown and the psychedelic sounds of the 60s.

Emily Sprague, Brooklyn Florist

Swatches of color dab the canvas, but otherwise the band’s aesthetic is cream and cardamom – everything unpretentious. It’s a strange waltz, walking through the embers of old memories. “I Was” evokes tones and textures from Death Cab for Cutie’s We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes, an album that changed the climate of indie music in 2000. Not necessarily a throwback, Florist lives somewhere between the dreams of a pastoral present and the phantom limbs of a not-so-distant past.

The Sludge and Comfort

Nothing is safe here. “For Reverend Green” is a deconstruction of our father’s music – the wall of sound is present, but perforated. There are distinct nods to beach music, Phil Spector, and even Motown in Animal Collective’s faraway mortar fire. But those melodies are filtered through the grief of technology, distrust, and cognitive dissonance

Julia Holter w/ Circuit des Yeux

The Irenic’s primary function is a modest church, but most nights, when the night envelopes San Diego, the holy walls of this institution become the stomping ground for some of music’s most important artists.

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Best Comics of 2015: Best and Brightest

With so many great stories beginning and continuing into and throughout 2015, it may be tough trying to narrow down the best comics of the year. To compile this list out of hundreds of comics, I used the simple condition that each series or arc had to begin in the year 2015. Below is a list of the five best comics the year had to offer, from a variety of creators, publishers, and genres.


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