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Hook and Anchor – Hook and Anchor

Hook and Anchor – Hook and Anchor

Having recently come about through the brilliant combination of Kati Claborn (Blind Pilot) and long time friend Erik Clampitt, Hook and Anchor, is making waves in the Americana/folk genre. Along with Gabrielle Macrae, Ryan Dobrowski, and Luke Ydstie, the group is proving that western Americana can stand on own against the vastly popular classic folk […]

The Leisure Society – The Fine Art of Hanging On

The Leisure Society – The Fine Art of Hanging On

Oh, I get it, it’s like a Cake-meets-The-Shins-sort-of-sound. Sure, my initial thoughts on The Leisure Society’s latest, The Fine Art of Hanging On, were woefully reductive—but that’s what second and third listenings are for, right? Even after repeat screenings, I still hear a band that hearkens back to the college campus, indie rock vibe: a […]

This Will Destroy You – Another Language

This Will Destroy You – Another Language

The need for resolution was an unnecessary burden that eventually became one of post rock’s creative limitations. Its necessity was obvious at first: if a song has spent many minutes gradually building in volume and tension, it has to be released in a befitting manner and for an appropriate duration of time. What goes up […]

Lord Huron – Strange Trails

Lord Huron – Strange Trails

With drum booms that seem to echo over the Rockies and the deserts beyond, Lord Huron has come back with their second spine-tingling album. Following up Lonesome Dreams with Strange Trails, the band continues to embody the lost sound of the wild-west and adventures at the end of the world. Composed of Ben Schneider, the […]

Ethan Jano – I’ll Be Fine

Ethan Jano – I’ll Be Fine

Ever since the resurgence of Johnny Cash in the 90s, artists have been trying to recapture that same sense of swagger, bravado, and honesty that the late Man in Black held in spades. Yet, more often than not, those creative experiments falter and fail, paying homage to Cash’s legacy perhaps but rarely coming anywhere near […]

Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida

Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida

Whenever possible, I avoid Florida as a whole. It’s tough because my best mate lives there (in Jacksonville, but that’s really just southern Georgia) and, being a family man, I have been forced into the obligatory trip to Disney World. But, oddly enough, I have met one person from Melbourne, Florida and he is what I would […]

Buzzcocks – The Way

Buzzcocks – The Way

There sure aren’t many of the original English punk rock bands from the mid-70s still alive and kicking. Buzzcocks, led by Pete Shelley, are still going, though. And going strong. The Way is the act’s first album since 2006, and the group still sounds like they’re having fun. This 10-song release is divided nearly evenly […]

Villagers – Darling Arithmetic

Villagers – Darling Arithmetic

Villagers’ new album Darling Arithmetic lets you know what it’s all about from the first lines of the first song: it look a little time to get where I wanted/ it took a little time to get free/ it took a little time to be honest/ it took a little time to be me. Throughout […]

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit

It would be wrong, just flat-out wrong, to greet Courtney Barnett’s absolutely engaging, relentlessly neurotic debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, with anything other than open arms. The record begins with the sprightly “Elevator Operator” which tells the charming tale of a young professional who casts off his tie […]

J Mascis – Tied to a Star

J Mascis – Tied to a Star

With a falsetto voice that rivals that of Justin Vernon, J Mascis, singer/songwriter for Dinosaur Jr., is making good use of his solo time away from the band. Having created his most recent album, Tied to a Star, Mascis again showcases his raw talent with a guitar and his fantastically controlled and talented voice. Already […]