The Blue Sky Boys [1976]
The Blue Sky Boys [1976]

The Blue Sky Boys

The Blue Sky Boys [1976]

1976

Close Harmony

The Blue Sky Boys -- brothers Earl and Bill Bolick -- sprang out of the same era of brother duets that produced the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and the Louvin Brothers, but their sound was entirely their own. The 14 guitar-mandolin duets here are mostly mournful songs of unrequited love, murder, and loss, all sung in close, aching harmonies.

- Burgin Mathews

Fever Daydream
Fever Daydream

The Black Queen

Fever Daydream

January 29, 2016

Alternative/Indie Rock

Taking the digital sheen from Telefon Tel Aviv, the hard-edged industrial beats from NIN, and the futuristic-throwback soundscapes of M83, the Black Queen sound like Depeche Mode spinning Pretty Hate Machine from the seediest back alley of the Blade Runner universe, like on standout jam "Secret Scream," which throbs with a carnal, digital hip-hop beat.

- Neil Z. Yeung