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“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 […]

August Album of the Month

August Album of the Month

Let Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers soundtrack the end of your summer

“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 […]

“Upside Down Mountain” by Conor Oberst

“Upside Down Mountain” by Conor Oberst

You can take the Conor Oberst out of Bright Eyes, but you can’t take the indie folk out of Conor Oberst. With his distinct, warbling voice and talent for meaningful, poetic lyrics, Oberst’s music is unmistakable no matter what moniker it is released under. There is no denying that Oberst shaped his brand of simple […]

July Album of the Month

July Album of the Month

Fall in love with Sam Smith’s debut “In The Lonely Hour” all throughout July

“A Sea of Split Peas” by Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett, 24 year old singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Australia, gets the ‘slacker’ label tagged onto her in almost anything ever written about her. I wouldn’t call writing two of the most entertaining and refreshing EPs in recent memory slacking off. I know a lot of slackers, and they can’t find the energy to even listen to […]

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