Mike "Sport" Murphy


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Willoughby is a rather unusual release for Kill Rock Stars -- a diverse collection of folk, garage, lounge and indie-pop influences tied together by Murphy's keen songwriting and rumbling vocals. The record's presentation is charmingly rustic and intimate, letting Murphy's songs shine without a great deal of adornment and a refreshing lack of irony surrounding their traditionalist, pre-rock formats -- this unassuming and honest approach to music-making keeps Willoughby consistently engaging, always likeable and frequently near-brilliant.

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