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“Diluvia” by Freelance Whales

“Diluvia” by Freelance Whales

Almost three years after the release of indie rock band Freelance Whales’ first studio album, Weathervanes, the band has sprung back on the scene with their sophomore album, Diluvia, released on October 9. Fans will be pleased to hear that the band has evolved in their own way, while still maintaining the qualities that entranced […]

“Field Report” by Field Report

“Field Report” by Field Report

Fans of DeYarmond Edison know that when the band broke up, Justin Vernon went on to create Bon Iver and others formed Megafaun. Yet Chris Porterfield, another member of DeYarmond Eidson, hung back for a while and is now coming forward with a full live band in Field Report. When turning this record on, if […]

“State Hospital” by Frightened Rabbit

“State Hospital” by Frightened Rabbit

As the water begins to ripple in anticipation for their fourth studio-album release reportedly coming in early 2013, fans of the Glasgow-originated quintet Frightened Rabbit are thrown a figurative lifeline in the form of State Hospital. Long–time fans have yet to see a full-length album since March 2010, with the generally positive reviewed Winter of […]

“Cedar + Gold” by Tristan Prettyman

“Cedar + Gold” by Tristan Prettyman

In her third album, Ceder + Gold, Tristan Prettyman has bared all. Chronicling the intimate and personal tales from her split with former fiancee and fellow singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, Prettyman has created a record that reflects a very different part of her life than her first two. The cheerful acoustic songs of love and happiness […]

“Half-Made Man” by Ben Sollee

“Half-Made Man” by Ben Sollee

Since his debut full-length album from 2008, Learning to Bend, Ben Sollee has established himself as a musician who isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line for his audiences, both emotionally and musically. Impossible to put into one genre, Sollee’s work is a unique blend of soul, jazz, and folk, combined with his […]

Discover: “Babel”

Discover: “Babel”

October’s Album of the Month is Mumford & Sons’ Babel

“The Sound of the Life of the Mind”

“The Sound of the Life of the Mind”

It has been thirteen years since the release of Ben Folds Five’s last studio album, 1999′s The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. In that time, a Five-less Ben Folds released three solo albums and launched himself a pretty successful singer/songwriter career. In 2011, Folds reunited with bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee to record […]

“Sugaring Season” by Beth Orton

“Sugaring Season” by Beth Orton

It has always seemed contradictory when an artist approaches folk music in a modern fashion. When the key elements of a genre that prides itself in traditionalism are redefined by a musician, the question arises of whether or not their music is even folk at all. However, artists have proven time and time again that […]

“The Carpenter” by The Avett Brothers

“The Carpenter” by The Avett Brothers

It’s not easy to tread the middle road between mainstream success and credibility. People are quick to pounce on the unexpected, the middling indie band turned arena rock stars, and instantly decry them for simply doing what so many other bands have done before them. After all, think about how many bands we wouldn’t have […]

“The Rhythm You Started” by Sophie Madeleine

“The Rhythm You Started” by Sophie Madeleine

Much of this adorable British girls album was recorded in her home, adding to it that sweet self-layering that makes it so endearing. Some say her sound is similar to Feist, but she’s got some melodies of her own. She’s been involved in a whirlwind since her first album in 2009, Love.Life.Ukulele. Now The Rhythm […]

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