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We have two featured albums that went into rotation this week, the soundtrack from twee king Stewart Murdoch’s new film and the latest from garage king Ty Segall.

Stewart Murdoch – God Help the Girl

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The soundtrack for Stewart Murdoch’s debut film is everything you’d expect from the frontman of Belle & Sebastian.  God Help The Girl embodies all the twee charm of the Scottish indie band, but instead of the signature pipes of Stewart Murdoch, actors Emily Browning and Olly Alexander, amongst other actors, dominate the soundtrack.  God Help The Girl follows a coming age story of three young adults: Eve, James, and Cassie.  To cope with their own personal struggles, the trio strives for musical success with their band God Help The Girl.  The soundtrack is made up of musical numbers from the film interspersed with instrumental pieces and dialogue between the characters. God Help The Girl is upbeat and fun with tracks like “I Dumped You First”, “God Help The Girl”, and slower and mellow with “Act Of The Apostle” and “Baby’s Just Waiting”. Overall, God Help The Girl is warm and whimsical, highlighting the best songwriting talents of Belle & Sebastian.

reviewed by Anna Anderson

Ty Segall – Manipulator

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 Ty Segall’s seventh album, Manipulator, has a very clear psychedelic influence while still highlighting Segall’s garage rock roots. The album is a departure from Segall’s usual chaotic sound, leaving behind most of the fuzz of his previous work. The guitar use in Manipulator has a definite 70s influence and has a much more clear sound than his last albums. The focus of this album lies in the instrumentation rather than the lyrics of any of the songs, as do most of his previous albums. Manipulator sounds as if it was plucked out of the 70s and dipped in a bath of garage rock.

reviewed by Sarah Guirguis​

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We sent music staffer, writer and entrepreneur Andy Tabeling (pictured above) to Kingston Downs, Georgia for  Counterpoint! Here’s some of his favorite sets from that weekend.

Deep Cotton
Janelle Monáe appeared on stage to introduce Deep Cotton, who are known mostly for their collaborations with her. Although Monae’s house band and Deep Cotton share members, they quickly established and separated themselves as unique and energetic performers. Their opening track “We’re Far Enough from Heaven Now We Can Freak Out” doesn’t sound extremely out of place among the rest of the Wondaland Arts Society’s output, yet there was a more pointed rock energy to the band’s set. Their set was heavy on covers as well, highlighted by a faithful yet highly enjoyable cover of the Stones’ “Satisfaction”.

Schoolboy Q
I often approach live hip-hop with a large degree of skepticism, but luckily Schoolboy Q’s Friday evening performance engaged me consistently and was an absolute blast for Q’s hardcore fans. Riding in on a bicycle and backed by a TDE DJ (I must admit I got very tired of airhorn samples and “Top Dawg Entertainment” voiceover bits), Q treated his audience to a set that heavily favored his most recent release Oxymoron. Much of what made this performance so entertaining is that Schoolboy Q has a distinct personality and was eager to interact with fans. Q bantered with the crowd throughout his set, explaining origins of songs, inviting his large number of eager followers to rap along with him and generally feeding off the everyone’s energy. It was actually supposed to be Schoolboy Q’s off day during the festival, but he wanted to come and give the crowd his best. The set highlight was closer “Man of the Year” (the song everyone knew he would close with), which sent the large crowd into a frenzy of joyful shouts and groovy dancing.

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