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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 […]

A Place to Bury Strangers – Transfixiation

A Place to Bury Strangers – Transfixiation

Post-rock is usually defined by tone and volume, or some combination of the two. Those who create music within a limited sonic palette often employ the dynamic of volume to greater effect (e.g., Pelican, Explosions In the Sky). Whereas those who dabble more proficiently with the volume knobs usually opt to include a broader sweep of sounds. […]

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly since its unexpected week-early release on March 16. The album has since gathered sky-high ratings; Consequence of Sound lauded TPAB as inventive and stylistically eclectic, while Tiny Mixtapes offered a scholarly-level analysis of the themes woven throughout the album. The Verge called […]

Yellowcard – Lift a Sail

Yellowcard – Lift a Sail

It’s hard to believe that Yellowcard, the eager and pop punk act that originally formed in Jacksonville, FL, and that delivered such hits as “Ocean Avenue” and “Light Up the Sky” is just a few years shy of celebrating their twenty-year anniversary as a band. To be sure, they’ve had their ups and downs, seeing […]

Inventions – Maze of Woods

Inventions – Maze of Woods

If there was a question lingering around their 2014 self-titled debut about whether or not it would become a splendid one-off, with their second record, Maze of Woods, Inventions have swapped that unknown for a different one. The variable is now a matter of whether they intend to keep up the pace they have now […]

She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses

She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses

With humble beginnings as a simple solo act, Jessica Larrabee has been hypnotizing listeners with smoky vocals since 2006. Later meeting Andy Laplant and recruiting him as recording producer, She Keeps Bees has made its mark on the beatnik-hipster scene. Larrabee’s siren-like voice and smooth guitar riffs paired with Laplant’s steady drive on the drums […]

Bedhead – 1992-1998

Bedhead – 1992-1998

“The bed at night is a liferaft/In the ocean of the dark/I hang my hands over the sides/Prey to God knows what/Drifting somewhere/In the black air/Feeling only the blanket/And the weight/Of the mattress/The mistress of the sheets”                                     […]

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 […]