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Brandi Carlile Excels and Evolves On New Album

The cover of Brandi Carlile’s latest record, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, is incredibly misleading. Its a beautifully simplistic cover with Carlile peering out from beneath her floppy hat, bathed in a warm amber glow. Stunning…but inaccurate. The casual observer will see The Firewatcher’s Daughter as the latest record from the woman who brought us 2007’s powerful […]

Big Data: They’re Not So “Dangerous” After All

Big Data: They’re Not So “Dangerous” After All

  Big Data, initially comprised of Daniel Armbruster of Joywave and producer Alan Wilkis, hit the airwaves in 2013 with their hit “Dangerous”,an irresistible anthem to the perils of the internet. Now Wilkis flies solo and has been hitting the road with a touring band, covering several major festivals this past summer, and generating buzz […]

River Whyless Perform LIVE at WERS Studios

River Whyless Perform LIVE at WERS Studios

  Their sound is echoing, if not a little haunting, but it doesn’t take long before their drumming beats lead into more uplifting energies. River Whyless creates music that takes you on a journey—through space and time, through emotions and stories. They spin songs out of the setting around them, from their North Carolina home, […]

Magic Man Talk Touring, New Music and “Salty” Lyrics

Magic Man Talk Touring, New Music and “Salty” Lyrics

Usually when you hear two young boys talk about playing in a band together, you don’t think much of it. Maybe you’re the type who pretends to be encouraging, who shouts, “Go for it, kid!” or maybe you’re the one who immediately offers up every other career opportunity out there.Either way, from now on, I […]

“A Dotted Line” by Nickel Creek

“A Dotted Line” by Nickel Creek

The release of A Dotted Line by progressive bluegrass outfit Nickel Creek this April marked the twenty fifth anniversary of the band’s union. An impressive feat, considering the group’s oldest member, Sean Watkins, is only 37 years old. Siblings Sarah and Sean Watkins, along with childhood friend Chris Thile, burst onto the bluegrass scene as […]

“Black Hours” by Hamilton Leithauser

“Black Hours” by Hamilton Leithauser

Black Hours is an album I have been looking forward to getting my hands on for some time. Initially set to be released in early May, Hamilton Leithauser’s debut as a solo artist dropped about a month later on June third for reasons unknown. The delay really didn’t matter much, since Black Hours singles “Alexandra” and “11 O’Clock […]

“Ghost Stories” by Coldplay

“Ghost Stories” by Coldplay

Though they hardly need an introduction, Coldplay has been a tour-de-force since their formation the mid-nineties at University College London.  Their last two albums, Viva La Vida in 2008 and Mylo Xyloto in 2011, saw the band moving away from the dream-rock sound that catapulted them to fame, and experimenting with more complex instrumentation and […]

“Wild Animals” by Trampled by Turtles

“Wild Animals” by Trampled by Turtles

In the music video for their track “Wild Animals,” Minnesota-based Trampled by Turtles make it clear that they’ve got a message to send. A tired taxi driver picks a staggering girl up off the street who immediately passes out in the back seat. As the video follows the driver along through the overcrowded and neon-lit city, […]

“Ultraviolence” by Lana Del Rey

“Ultraviolence” by Lana Del Rey

At the young age of eighteen, Elizabeth Woolridge Grant signed her first record deal with 5 Points Records. Although she had previously recorded and released music as May Jailer and Lizzie Grant, from then on, she took the name Lana Del Rey and quickly catapulted into international stardom. Her release of Lana Del Rey in 2010 and particularly Born […]

“Underneath the Rainbow” by The Black Lips

“Underneath the Rainbow” by The Black Lips

After logging in six studio albums, ten or more years of extensive touring experience, and releasing a well-received indie-documentary, the resume of The Black Lips, arguably the most hardworking and unstoppable garage punk band around, seems it could not get any longer. Yet the band shows no signs of slowing down and has cranked out […]

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