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“Chop Chop” by Bell X1

“Chop Chop” by Bell X1

Bell X1, the rock outlet from Ireland, changed up their sound on their sixth studio release, Chop Chop. Backed by Peter Katis, a producer for The National, the album plays off a very similar sound to High Violet but also goes in its own creative direction that you would not typically expect from Bell X1. The […]

“All People” by Michael Franti & Spearhead

“All People” by Michael Franti & Spearhead

Michael Franti & Spearhead’s newest album, All People, is a mercurial mélange of influences, styles, and messages. The album takes the listener on a journey from an electro-dance DJ summit in Ibiza out to a satellite orbiting earth. It then crashes down for a midnight car ride through quite city streets and eventually ends up […]

“American Kid” by Patty Griffin

“American Kid” by Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin’s Americana folk has been a staple in American music since the early ‘90s after being discovered while playing her way through Boston coffee houses. Throughout her extensive discography, Griffin has explored a variety of sounds, from acoustic and stripped-down to more rock and roll and then back again. Despite the shifts in sound, […]

“MCII” by Mikal Cronin

“MCII” by Mikal Cronin

In Mikal Cronin’s latest album, MCII, we get a juicy assembly of ten tracks clenching reverb that swings in and out of Cronin’s quintessential nineties, garage-rock guitar. String arrangements trickle in on a couple of tracks and above all, each song is wound together with polished, catchy pop vocals that have you singing along before […]

“The Hurry and the Harm” by City and Colour

“The Hurry and the Harm” by City and Colour

I’m still not sure if I’m over everything that City and Colour’s Dallas Green put us through with his debut, Sometimes (I Wish). It is the articulation for everyone who has lost something too great, to have the ability to speak just yet. Ever since, Green has been giving us so much sorrow to sulk, […]

“Paracosm” by Washed Out

“Paracosm” by Washed Out

Chillwave, along with the other short-lived genre names like witch house, are best left to abandoned blog posts and tumblrs, but the name still lives on due to the absolute pressure of having to categorize every single sound or musical style. To be fair, for one short moment (the summer of 2011, I guess), chillwave […]

“Pura Vida Conspiracy” by Gogol Bordello

“Pura Vida Conspiracy” by Gogol Bordello

There’s a good reason why Gogol Bordello have been at the forefront of gypsy punk music for much of their nearly 15-year existence. After his family was forced out of their Kiev home following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the band’s frontman, Eugene Hütz, spent the next five years jumping from refugee camp to refugee camp. […]

“Modern Vampires of the City” by Vampire Weekend

“Modern Vampires of the City” by Vampire Weekend

August’s Album of the Month is Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City

“Wrote a Song for Everyone” by John Fogerty

“Wrote a Song for Everyone” by John Fogerty

If there’s one thing Clearance Clearwater Revival’s frontman John Fogerty can still do, it’s play great rock and roll. The legendary musician put out his ninth studio album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, on his 68th birthday. Fogerty actually did write a song for everyone, collaborating with a variety of renowned artists from Kid Rock to […]

“Born Sinner” by J. Cole

“Born Sinner” by J. Cole

Kanye and Jay-Z asked us to watch the throne. But after two highly anticipated albums left fans feeling very underwhelmed and disappointed, someone needed to step up and fill the void. Luckily for us, Hov already signed him to his label. J. Cole’s sophomore album, Born Sinner, is the summer’s hip-hop album that we have […]

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