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Fun.

Fun.

Hey, hipster, why the long face? The economy’s turning around! Leaves are changing colors! Football! Barbecue! Aim and Ignite is available in stores! I’ve gotten some flack for my unadulterated love of New York trio Fun’s debut, Aim and Ignite. The bounce and catch that constitutes every last stitch of this album is causing some […]

Ron Block

Ron Block

As one of the most widely-heard banjo players in the music industry today, Ron Block stands with the best in the business. Not only has he spent the last 15 years with Alison Krauss and Union Station, but Block’s recorded with some of the industry’s best: Bill Frisell, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Cox Family, Clint […]

Brooke Waggoner

Brooke Waggoner

For her next act, Brooke Waggoner’s changing things up a bit. Gone are some of the quirkier, more experimental aspects from her initial EP and full-length. Instead, Go Easy Little Doves features orchestral arrangements that dominate a more plaintive, considerate atmosphere – a collection that might surprise, yet reveal an artist with full control over […]

James Mottern, “Trucker” Director

James Mottern, “Trucker” Director

James Mottern stayed close to home for his feature directorial debut. His indie film Trucker, starring Michelle Monaghan, features a familiar industry, a familiar protagonist and a theme that of freedom and escape that mirrors his own move from a small town in Virginia to the endless possibilities of Los Angeles. Now, the themes and […]

Annabel

Annabel

The indie pop tunes of Annabel are slowly setting the critics and audience abuzz – moving outward from their native Ohio into new regions with each release. The latest batch of infectiously sweet songs is called Each and Everyone and it might just be enough to catapult the band to nationwide acclaim. Armed with a […]

Rosewood Thieves

Rosewood Thieves

The particular brand of folk rock that the Rosewood Thieves create shouldn’t necessitate so much effort to keep things in front of your face. Songs like “Los Angeles” and the entirety of their new album, Rise & Shine, certainly stand tall on their own merit, and many have taken notice with placements on HBO’s Entourage […]

Thursday

Thursday

Geoff Rickly likes his latest album. That’s not always been the case for the Thursday front man, but it seems to echo the same sentiments that many critics and longtime fans of the post-hardcore band hold about Common Existence – the early ’09 release from the New Jersey natives. As leaders of the post-hardcore movement, […]

Kill The Alarm

Kill The Alarm

From Granian to Kill the Alarm Garen Gueyikian has completely changed his musical clothes. Early on, my first encounter with Gueyikian came at a Matt Nathanson show and Granian was the opener on the bill. It was a sweet, short singer/songwriter set with a passionate, soulful vocalist armed only with his acoustic guitar. Fast forward […]

Solomon’s Seal

Solomon’s Seal

The beauty of Simon Petty’s solo debut caught me completely off-guard. I’ve caught his former act, Minibar, on tour with Pete Yorn in year’s past – their barroom Americana perfectly suited for Yorn’s gritty, Jersey-centered act. For the last 15 years, Minibar’s toured with the likes of Wilco, the Jayhawks, the Wallflowers and other similar […]

Sleeping At Last

Sleeping At Last

Everything’s different concerning the new Sleeping At Last release and yet, thus far, the early returns look promising. It’s a risky move for a group with a glacial recording pace (every three years) but the new look (and sound) of SaL is making waves both critically and with their audience. Now a two-piece after longtime […]