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Twin Talk's Official Album Release Trailer

Alex Marianyi
Staff Writer
alex.marianyi[at]gmail.com / @alexmarianyi

We’re excited to premiere the official release trailer for Twin Talk’s self-titled album. Though these kinds of videos can sometimes be lame, the footage here tells their story well. They are currently busy making a name for themselves in Chicago, but their trajectory will soon take them far from the Windy City. After their album release show at Constellation on April 30th, they’ll be heading to eight different cities throughout the Midwest, East Coast, and Canada. Check out the video after the jump.

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Julian Lage Trio - 'Arclight'

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

In a conversation between Dave Douglas and Marc Ribot on the "A Noise From the Deep" podcast, Ribot explained the difference between jazz and rock artists: jazz artists always give the impression that they have all day, even if they have an eight-bar solo; rock artists seem to think they need to say everything, right now, even if they have ten minutes to solo. Julian Lage is a jazz musician, and packs an enormous amount of songcraft into the compact songs on Arclight without losing any sense of spontaneity or improvisational excitement.

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The Line-Up for 26 February 2016

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Jumping around the newness as usual this week.

The Line-Up for 26 February 2016

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Logan Richardson - 'Shift'

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

It would be reductionist to call Shift a Pat Metheny album. Yes, his signaturely chameleonic guitar is one of the most pronounced sounds all throughout saxophonist Logan Richardson's latest album, this time around on the Blue Note label, but it's not Metheny's album. It would be reductionist to call Shift a Jason Moran album, though his tones color this collection of songs as well. Bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Nasheet Waits ain't nothin' to sneeze at, either. It's this assemblage of talent, Metheny in particular, that makes Richardson's Blue Note debut such an impressionable album.

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What I Listen For

Alex Marianyi
Staff Writer
alex.marianyi[at]gmail.com / @alexmarianyi

I've spent the last couple of years writing for Nextbop.com; though, not as consistently as I would like to. As I compiled my favorite albums of 2015 list at the end of last year, I realized that I hadn't listened to a ton of new music to that point. As a result, I spent most of November and part of December listening to a whole mess of music released in 2015, and it was as inspiring as it was eye-opening. It showed me I hadn't been listening to enough new music.

So, here I am in 2016 on an unofficial New Year's resolution listening to new album after new album, over two dozen so far. That may not be much to other people, but I've never listened to this much new-to-me music in such a short period of time. I've always listened to a ton of music I already know, and when I do, I often already know why I like it. But when I listen to new music, I have to make the choice, "Why do or don't I like this?"