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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 […]

Wand – Golem

Wand – Golem

If “finally the punk rockers are taking acid” was one way to describe how the Flaming Lips of old wrapped frayed strands of psychedelic rock around their punk (even if the Lips weren’t exactly all acid heads), then perhaps a similar reaction to Wand’s jagged psych metal would be “finally the hippies are taking speed.” […]

Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

Almost four years ago to this day a little quartet from the Indiana/Kentucky border packed up the touring van and headed west in the longshot odds of being heard at SxSW. What separated Houndmouth from the thousands of other performers for the 2012 festival was that, amongst the throng and bustle, the incessant cacophony of […]

Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi

Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi

In Japanese culture, kintsugi is the art of joining broken pieces of ceramic with powdered gold. It embraces what is imperfect and accentuates the flaws. It takes what is broken and shows its beauty. In their best album since Plans, Death Cab For Cutie explores kintsugi as a lyrical aesthetic with a musical ease that […]

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

Sufjan Stevens‘ Carrie and Lowell is the result of what can only be accomplished through vine struggle. In the world of wine making, the natural occurrence of environmental hardship forces vines to draw from the soil with their roots for the survival of their fruit. This produces nuance, complexity and exceptional clarity in the grape as […]