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My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

Arriving four years after 2011’s Circuital and representing My Morning Jacket’s longest gap between albums to date, The Waterfall finds the Louisville-based jam/indie/alt-country hybrid more comfortable in its skin than ever. After the polarizing sonic experimentation of Evil Urges and, to a lesser extent, Circuital, My Morning Jacket finally sound like they’re not trying to […]

Bob Dylan – Shadows In the Night

Bob Dylan – Shadows In the Night

The thing about longevity is that one day, like all of us, you’ll die. And then a band of guardian angels from Hollywood escort you in the Heavens singing that ubiquitous line from Joni Mitchell‘s “Big Yellow Taxi:” ‘You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.’ It’s a sentiment so maudlin, s overwrought that […]

Richard Buckner – The Hill

Richard Buckner – The Hill

Richard Buckner won’t leave me alone. His music and his presence have haunted me since my old college roommate endlessly spun a CD-R of his 1996 debut LP, Bloomed. By the time we were able to actually track down the Richard Buckner section at our local Best Buy (!), he released what I still consider to be his finest […]

Talk In Tongues – Alone With a Friend

Talk In Tongues – Alone With a Friend

Talk in Tongues is one of those bands who give you a different impression of their music once you find out their age. Hearing Alone With a Friend for the first time, you likely wouldn’t guess that between the eighteen-year-old bass player and the other three members, the median age of the group is barely […]

Steve Benjamins – Sightlines

Steve Benjamins – Sightlines

It’s the rare artist who stands in possession of a musical vision but who also boasts the credibility and the talent to see that vision come to fruition singlehandedly. And while those moments are rare and fleeting, when they do come along, it pays to sit up and listen. Rising indie artist Steve Benjamins is […]

Yelawolf – Love Story

Yelawolf – Love Story

I’ve got a love/hate relationship with Eminem. On one hand, his talent, his speed, his articulation, and his ability to turn a phrase all work together to make him nearly unparalleled. On the other hand, he’s thematically sophomoric at best and socially irresponsible at worst. (His increasing use of pop in place of genuine rap […]

Slim Loris – Love and Fear

Slim Loris – Love and Fear

The world of music oftentimes feels like a merry go round with trends coming and going, elements we once thought past and passé now hip and trendy. And while some of those elements are here today and gone tomorrow, others manage to evolve and become a greater part of the whole. Among those trends that […]

Pelican – The Cliff EP

Pelican – The Cliff EP

Pelican, the heaviest post-metal band still operating in the current soundscape, is consistently finding new ways to examine grand themes with the loudest and most terrible of sounds. Unlike other noise-rockers with a sense of experimentation but no sense of melody, Pelican possess both. An art-rock band for metal lovers and a hardcore band for indie […]

Kopecky – Drug for the Modern Age

Kopecky – Drug for the Modern Age

Good sweet Lord, where do I start with this new Kopecky album? It is a veritable feast for those of you who like synth-driven, indie pop-rock (which, admittedly, is probably most of you). But I hate even putting that specific of a label on Drug for the Modern Age, because any one descriptor simply won’t […]

The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ

The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ

Let’s just get this out of the way: I hated wrestling when I was a kid. If memory serves me, wrestling had something of a renaissance during my early-90s childhood. I remember bands of doe-eyed school children adorned in rivaling WWF and WCW apparel. I remember a geologically-themed fighter with an interest in culinary fragrances, […]