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“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 […]

“Enjoy the Company” by The Whigs

“Enjoy the Company” by The Whigs

Despite its mid-September release, The Whigs’ new album Enjoy the Company reminded me of summer. The Whigs have mastered the art of feel-good rock and roll. Each song would be perfect for a road trip, late nights with friends, and summer barbecues. Of course, the album cover, which features a lone hot dog and a […]

“Born to Sing: No Plan B” by Van Morrison

“Born to Sing: No Plan B” by Van Morrison

Some artists are lucky enough to make it to their tenth album and still have an audience. If they’re really, really lucky they’ll make it to their 15th album, with or without a fan base. So how does one make it to their 34th album without losing their groove? A good place to start would […]

“The Elle King EP” by Elle King

“The Elle King EP” by Elle King

Lately, we have been used to the female crooner, but Elle King has something genuine to offer. Her tenderness comes through with honesty and her ability to piece together such a punch out of her pain. King has a way of drawing you straight to the middle where it’s all happening and she won’t let […]

“Former Lives” by Benjamin Gibbard

“Former Lives” by Benjamin Gibbard

Washington native and famed Death Cab For Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard ventured into the studio for his first full length solo album, Former Lives. Set to release on October 16th under Barsuk Records (Death Cab For Cutie, Maps & Atlases, Menomena). Former Lives is a 12-track collection of both songs that Gibbard has kept under wraps […]

“3 Pears” by Dwight Yoakam

“3 Pears” by Dwight Yoakam

On his first original album in seven years, 3 Pears, country pioneer Dwight Yoakam remains stylistically steadfast. A blend of country, Americana, and pop sounds, 3 Pears delivers what fans have come to expect from Yoakam over the past twenty-plus years. In true Yoakam style, the album strikes a balance between heartfelt ballads and cowboy […]

“Now For Plan A” by The Tragically Hip

“Now For Plan A” by The Tragically Hip

After twelve studio albums, with the first EP dating back to 1987, The Tragically Hip have set some pretty high expectations for themselves. All five members of The Hip, as they are often called for short, have surely grown accustomed to the widespread recognition and acclaim that they receive not only in their native Canada, […]

“Uno!” by Green Day

Post-two concept albums, a politically charged rock opera, a throwback ’60s garage band alter-ego, and a regrettably unforgettable iHeartRadio Music Festival performance, what could possibly be left for Green Day to accomplish? To keep on rocking of course; three-fold to be exact. The first installment of their album trilogy, Uno!, takes everything you were expecting […]

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