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Stacy Lantz – Ready This Time

Stacy Lantz – Ready This Time

Nashville is filled with young artists seeking to find musical fame and fortune on Music Row. Yet, while their dreams are filled with record deals and late nights picking their guitars, the reality is that they find themselves waiting tables and more, those dreams drifting out into the ether. Yet, every now and then, there […]

Crocodiles – Crimes of Passion

Crocodiles – Crimes of Passion

So, you say they don’t make Echo & The Bunnymen like the used to? Well, I have to ask you: Have you heard “Teardrop Guitar” off Crocodiles’ new Crimes Of Passion album? If you had, perhaps you wouldn’t have asked such a silly question in the first place. With its delightful combination of Will Sergeant […]

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Take 2)

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Take 2)

There’s been a big hubub over the internet and in every hipster hangout across Amerika about the new Arcade Fire album Reflektor. Rightfully so, the Can-American group has released some of the most exciting albums in rock music over the last ten years. From their smash breakthrough Funeral, the superb and often under-rated Neon Bible, […]

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Take 1)

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Take 1)

As great as the Internet is (I mean, how else would you be reading this, right?), it’s also a ruthless killer. It’s taken down book stores, civil discourse, privacy, porn magazines. And stadium rock. When I was a kid, it wasn’t unusual to see middling bands play in front of tens of thousands. I saw […]

Minor Alps – Get There

Minor Alps – Get There

In early November, Barsuk Records will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary with a string of shows spread over four nights in the label’s hometown, Seattle. Guitar pop stalwarts Nada Surf, whose pivotal Let Go hit the decade mark last year, will play that fan favorite from start to finish when they headline the first show. The […]

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam fans have waited four years for the new record to arrive and the wait has been worth it… sort of. Lightning Bolt is a mixed bag of throwback grunge tunes, indulgent pop pieces, and diamonds in the rough. When it’s good, it’s very good. Tracks like “Getaway” and “My Father’s Son” still carry […]

Body/Head – Coming Apart

Body/Head – Coming Apart

White Columns, the experimental art space in New York, just concluded its six-week exhibition of “Design Office with Kim Gordon – Since 1980.” An omni-disciplinary artist of sorts, Gordon has long explored concepts that find fuel in conversation between different mediums. In her own work, there is her recent ongoing series of paintings of tweets […]

Cults – Static

Cults – Static

Sophomore album Static has a playfully melancholy feel, which is nothing new from Cults. Their self-titled debut showcased their distinct blur of roughly produced alt-pop, and Static is much of the same. Madeline Follin’s vocals chirp through octave jumps and simple rhymes as a lo-fi bass and drums thump along underneath. And that’s perhaps the […]

March: Book One – Rep. John Lewis, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin

March: Book One – Rep. John Lewis, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin

Fifty years after the march on Washington, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” and the intense fight for civil rights, there are still more stories that need to be told. Representative John Lewis (GA-5) was on the ground in Nashville during the first lunch counter sit-ins. He marched alongside Dr. King in Selma, shed […]

Lucy Schwartz – Timekeeper

Lucy Schwartz – Timekeeper

There are moments during Lucy Schwartz’s Timekeeper album when you realize you’re not in by-the-book, singer/songwriter territory. “Time Will Tell,” for instance, bounces a long with a sort of robotic bluegrass groove — strange sonic bedfellows, indeed. This album’s title cut features a string part and lonely piano accompaniment.  But in comparison to much of […]