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Sore Eros & Kurt Vile – Jamaica Plain EP

Sore Eros & Kurt Vile – Jamaica Plain EP

Kurt Vile’s sort-of-troubled, sort-of-zen persona didn’t just materialize recently; that much is made clear by the newly released archival EP, Jamaica Plain, which found him collaborating with Sore Eros’ Robert Robinson (who was also once a member of Kurt Vile’s Violators) on three short experimental-folk compositions in the early 2000s. Without much in the way […]

Los Campesinos! – No Blues

Los Campesinos! – No Blues

I am, if nothing, a lover of pop music. Not the kind littering Top 40 charts, propped up by overproduction and retreaded hooks, but the ebullient, cymbal-crashing ruckus of racing guitars and soaring choruses. This is not easy music to find because it doesn’t ascribe to an indie-cool aesthetic. The bands who properly pull off […]

Various Artists – High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama

Various Artists – High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama

Country music is quite unique amongst modern music genres. If you were to break down the popular triumvirate: rock, pop, and country you would immediately notice that modern country shares elements of both other styles, while neither rock nor pop share very much at all with their backwoods cousin. It is a very easy thing […]

Stacy Lantz – Ready This Time

Stacy Lantz – Ready This Time

Nashville is filled with young artists seeking to find musical fame and fortune on Music Row. Yet, while their dreams are filled with record deals and late nights picking their guitars, the reality is that they find themselves waiting tables and more, those dreams drifting out into the ether. Yet, every now and then, there […]

Crocodiles – Crimes of Passion

Crocodiles – Crimes of Passion

So, you say they don’t make Echo & The Bunnymen like the used to? Well, I have to ask you: Have you heard “Teardrop Guitar” off Crocodiles’ new Crimes Of Passion album? If you had, perhaps you wouldn’t have asked such a silly question in the first place. With its delightful combination of Will Sergeant […]

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Take 2)

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Take 2)

There’s been a big hubub over the internet and in every hipster hangout across Amerika about the new Arcade Fire album Reflektor. Rightfully so, the Can-American group has released some of the most exciting albums in rock music over the last ten years. From their smash breakthrough Funeral, the superb and often under-rated Neon Bible, […]

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Take 1)

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Take 1)

As great as the Internet is (I mean, how else would you be reading this, right?), it’s also a ruthless killer. It’s taken down book stores, civil discourse, privacy, porn magazines. And stadium rock. When I was a kid, it wasn’t unusual to see middling bands play in front of tens of thousands. I saw […]

Minor Alps – Get There

Minor Alps – Get There

In early November, Barsuk Records will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary with a string of shows spread over four nights in the label’s hometown, Seattle. Guitar pop stalwarts Nada Surf, whose pivotal Let Go hit the decade mark last year, will play that fan favorite from start to finish when they headline the first show. The […]

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam fans have waited four years for the new record to arrive and the wait has been worth it… sort of. Lightning Bolt is a mixed bag of throwback grunge tunes, indulgent pop pieces, and diamonds in the rough. When it’s good, it’s very good. Tracks like “Getaway” and “My Father’s Son” still carry […]

Body/Head – Coming Apart

Body/Head – Coming Apart

White Columns, the experimental art space in New York, just concluded its six-week exhibition of “Design Office with Kim Gordon – Since 1980.” An omni-disciplinary artist of sorts, Gordon has long explored concepts that find fuel in conversation between different mediums. In her own work, there is her recent ongoing series of paintings of tweets […]