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The Late Call – Golden

The Late Call – Golden

You can feel the warmth from the opening strums. It’s not that “Carry,” the opening track and lead single of The Late Call‘s new album, Golden, is some slow, comforting number. That comes later. Rather, even the opening strums sound wrapped in something that you can only later come to realize can be found on the album […]

Twin Forks – Live @ Music Farm, Feb 20, 2015

Twin Forks – Live @ Music Farm, Feb 20, 2015

Friday night in downtown Charleston can be a pretty rowdy affair for those unaccustomed to the Holy City’s excesses. Despite Twin Forks‘ early start time (7:40PM) opening up for Ryan Bingham and Lucero, the trio still managed to kick the night off in singularly raucous fashion. For those unfamiliar, Twin Forks is Chris Carrabba’s (Further Seems […]

Krill – A Distant Fist Unclenching

Krill – A Distant Fist Unclenching

If recent Krill interviews are anything to go by, the Boston trio is capable of compartmentalizing ambition from expectation. They are neither ambivalent about their own potential, nor driven by the fantasies that fueled the rock music engine as recently as a generation ago. Clearly passionate about what they do, they nonetheless know that even […]

Belle & Sebastian – Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

Belle & Sebastian – Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

Is there a better time in any young lit-inclined introvert’s life than the release of a new Belle & Sebastian album? The answer used to be an emphatic “Never!” but the recent addition of Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, when combined with their last compilation album “The Third Eye Centre” means… well, at least […]

Bo and the Locomotive – It’s All Down Here From Here

Bo and the Locomotive – It’s All Down Here From Here

In addition to exhaustive touring, St Louis natives Bo and the Locomotive have been working away since the release of their first full length EP, “On My Way.” And perhaps the title of that first record was clairvoyant, because their second record “It’s All Down Here from Here” is shaping up to put the band […]

Dirty Beaches – Stateless

Dirty Beaches – Stateless

Stateless is the final LP from Alex Zhang Huntai, under his moniker Dirty Beaches. Except in the deep critical and listener circles where Dirty Beaches reign supreme as king(s) of underground lo-fi post-rock, much of the musical world won’t mourn the retirement of the Dirty Beaches name. But that doesn’t mean that Dirty Beaches haven’t […]

Avi Buffalo – At Best Cuckold

Avi Buffalo – At Best Cuckold

Is the lyrical tone of “Memories of You” – among the other notably blunt arrows in Avi Buffalo’s quiver – a product of being part of the first generation to grow up with immediate access to an infinite sea of pornography, or of just one particularly over-amorous mind? It is an admittedly prudish point to […]

Iceage – Plowing Into the Fields of Love

Iceage – Plowing Into the Fields of Love

Plowing Into the Field of Love is one of the rawest albums of recent memory. Not even recent memory. I have to cast back to the first half of British Sea Power’s explosive 2003 debut (The Decline of British Sea Power) to remember an album that offered this potent of a cocktail of guts, brains, […]

The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator

The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator

With the band having started with Andrew and Brad Barr, The Barr Brothers have spent the past four years impressing the folk realm with their experienced and inquisitive sounds and words. Their self-titled debut album appeared in September of 2011 and since then the band has seen a steady rise in both their fan base […]

Eno Hyde – High Life

Eno Hyde – High Life

Modern music owes a debt to Brian Eno that we may never be able to repay. Even when he’s not in front of the microphone or coraling musicians to help him achieve the musical visions within his head Eno is behind the mixing boards of some of the most relevant and talented bands and musicians cutting their sound […]