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Sleep Well Beast by The National
11 October 2017

The Playlist: Sleep Well Beast

Sleep Well Beast by The National (4AD, 2017…

Mercury and Lightning by John Mark McMillan
04 October 2017

The Playlist: Mercury & Lightning

Mercury & Lightning by John Mark McMillan (Lionhawk Records, 2017…

Dive Deep by Andrew Belle
28 September 2017

The Playlist: Dive Deep

Dive Deep by Andrew Belle (Andrew Belle Inc., 2017…

Beat Epic by Iron & Wine
26 September 2017

The Playlist: Beast Epic

Beast Epic by Iron & Wine (Sub Pop, 2017…

A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
15 September 2017

The Playlist: A Deeper Understanding

A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs (Atlantic Records, 2017…

Science Fiction by Brand New
13 September 2017

The Playlist: Science Fiction

Science Fiction by Brand New (Procrastinate! Music Traitors, 2017…

Painted Ruins by Grizzly Bear
06 September 2017

The Playlist: Painted Ruins

Painted Ruins by Grizzly Bear (RCA Records, 2017…

Rainbow by Kesha
04 September 2017

The Playlist: Rainbow

Rainbow by Kesha (Kemosabe Records, 2017…

A Black Mile to the Surface by Manchester Orchestra
01 September 2017

The Playlist: A Black Mile to the Surface

A Black Mile to the Surface by Manchester Orchestra (Loma Vista Recordings, 2017…

Everything Now by Arcade Fire
30 August 2017

The Playlist: Everything Now

Everything Now by Arcade Fire (Sonovox, 2017…

The Knife by Goldfinger
22 August 2017

The Playlist: The Knife

The Knife by Goldfinger (Rise Records, 2017…

In God We Trust by Dead Kennedys
16 August 2017

The Playlist: In God We Trust, Inc.

In God We Trust, Inc. by Dead Kennedys (Alternative Tentacles, 1981…

Lo Tom
12 August 2017

The Playlist: Lo Tom

Lo Tom by Lo Tom (Barsuk Records, 2017…

Out in the Storm by Waxahatchee
07 August 2017

The Playlist: Out in the Storm

Out in the Storm by Waxahatchee (Merge Records, 2017…

Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting
03 August 2017

The Playlist: Every Valley

Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting (Test Card Recordings, 2017…

Something to Tell You by Haim
27 July 2017

The Playlist: Something to Tell You

Something to Tell You by Haim (Polydor, 2017…

Hug of Thunder by Broken Social Scene
24 July 2017

The Playlist: Hug of Thunder

Hug of Thunder by Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts, 2017…

Wild Alee by Talos
19 July 2017

The Playlist: Wild Alee

Wild Alee by Talos (Feel Good Lost, 2017…

The Underside of Power by Algiers
15 July 2017

The Playlist: The Underside of Power

The Underside of Power by Algiers (Matador, 2017…

Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples
10 July 2017

The Playlist: Big Fish Theory

Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples (Def Jam Recordings, 2017…

Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes
07 July 2017

The Playlist: Crack-Up

Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes (Nonesuch Records, 2017…

The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
05 July 2017

The Playlist: The Nashville Sound

The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Southeastern Records, 2017…

Melodrama by Lorde
01 July 2017

The Playlist: Melodrama

Melodrama by Lorde (Universal, 2017…

Truth Is a Beautiful Thing by London Grammar
29 June 2017

The Playlist: Truth Is a Beautiful Thing

Truth Is a Beautiful Thing by London Grammar (Ministry of Sound Recordings, 2017…

Saint or Sinner by Sir the Baptist
27 June 2017

The Playlist: Saint or Sinner

Saint or Sinner by Sir the Baptist (Atlantic, 2017…

Planetarium by Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister
22 June 2017

The Playlist: Planetarium

Planetarium by Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister (4AD, 2017…

My Spirit Sister by Joshua James
19 June 2017

The Playlist: My Spirit Sister

My Spirit Sister by Joshua James (Joshua James, 2017…

True Care by James Vincent McMorrow
14 June 2017

The Playlist: True Care

True Care by James Vincent McMorrow (Dine Alone Records, 2017…

Gone Now by Bleachers
07 June 2017

The Playlist: Gone Now

Gone Now by Bleachers (RCA Records, 2017…

Afterglow by Asgeir
03 June 2017

The Playlist: Afterglow

Afterglow by Ásgeir (One Little Indian, 2017…

Everybody by Logic
01 June 2017

The Playlist: Everybody

Everybody by Logic (Def Jam, 2017…

8 by Incubus
26 May 2017

The Playlist: 8

8 by Incubus (Island Records, 2017…

Pleasure by Feist
23 May 2017

The Playlist: Pleasure

Pleasure by Feist (Polydor, 2017…

Young by Overcoats
17 May 2017

The Playlist: Young

Young by Overcoats (Arts & Crafts, 2017…

Damn. by Kendrick Lamar
08 May 2017

The Playlist: DAMN.

DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar (Interscope Records, 2017…

Revival by Vancouver Sleep Clinic
05 May 2017

The Playlist: Revival

Revival by Vancouver Sleep Clinic (Sony, 2017…

Whiteout Conditions by The New Pornographers
02 May 2017

The Playlist: Whiteout Conditions

Whiteout Conditions by The New Pornographers (Concord, 2017…

Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset by Richard Edwards
25 April 2017

The Playlist: Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset

Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset by Richard Edwards (Joyful Noise Recordings, 2017…

We All Want the Same Things by Craig Finn
18 April 2017

The Playlist: We All Want the Same Things

We All Want the Same Things by Craig Finn (Partisan Records, 2017…

Hot Thoughts by Spoon
11 April 2017

The Playlist: Hot Thoughts

Hot Thoughts by Spoon (Matador, 2017…

Freedays by Tall Tall Trees
04 April 2017

The Playlist: Freedays

Freedays by Tall Tall Trees (Joyful Noise Recordings, 2017…

Voids by Minus the Bear
30 March 2017

The Playlist: Voids

Voids by Minus the Bear (Suicide Squeeze Records, 2017…

Drool by Nnamdi Ogbonnaya
24 March 2017

The Playlist: Drool

Drool by Nnamdi Ogbonnaya (Father/Daughter Records, 2017…

Youngish American by Dams of the West
21 March 2017

The Playlist: Youngish American

Youngish American by Dams of the West (30th Century Records, 2017…

Landmark by Hippo Campus
18 March 2017

The Playlist: Landmark

Landmark by Hippo Campus (Grand Jury Music, 2017…

Heartworms by the Shins
14 March 2017

The Playlist: Heartworms

Heartworms by The Shins (Columbia Records, 2017…

Bjear
06 March 2017

The Playlist: Bjéar

Bjéar by Bjéar (Bjéar, 2017…

Zombies on Broadway by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
04 March 2017

The Playlist: Zombies on Broadway

Zombies on Broadway by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (Vanguard Records, 2017…

Little Fictions by Elbow
28 February 2017

The Playlist: Little Fictions

Little Fictions by Elbow (Polydor, 2017…

Process by Sampha
20 February 2017

The Playlist: Process

Process by Sampha (Young Turks Recordings, 2017…

For Posterity by Dryjacket
16 February 2017

The Playlist: For Posterity

For Posterity by Dryjacket (Hopeless Records, 2017…

Near to the Wild Heart of Life by Japandroids
13 February 2017

The Playlist: Near to the Wild Heart of Life

Near to the Wild Heart of Life by Japandroids (Japandroids Recording, Inc., 2017…

Run the Jewels 3
07 February 2017

The Playlist: Run the Jewels 3

Run the Jewels 3 by Run the Jewels (Run the Jewels, Inc., 2017…

Three Worlds by Max Richter
28 January 2017

The Playlist: Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works

Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works by Max Richter (Deutsche Grammophon, 2017…

Rennen by Sohn
17 January 2017

The Playlist: Rennen

Rennen by Sohn (4AD, 2017…

Top 40 Albums of 2016
22 December 2016

Top 40 Albums of 2016

40. Happiness Is not a Place by The Wind and the Wave Catchy and upbeat folk rock.   39. Stay Gold by the Butch Walker A reincarnation of the boss…

Farewell, Starlite! by Francis and the LIghts
08 December 2016

The Playlist: Farewell, Starlite!

Farewell, Starlite! by Francis and the Lights (KTTF, 2016…

Woman by Justice
22 November 2016

The Playlist: Woman

Woman by Justice (Ed Banger, 2016…

13 November 2016

The Playlist: Happiness Is not a Place

Happiness Is not a Place by The Wind and the Wave (Island Records, 2016…

The Education of a Wandering Man by Jamestown Revival
02 November 2016

The Playlist: The Education of a Wandering Man

The Education of a Wandering Man by Jamestown Revival (Republic Records, 2016…

American Football
26 October 2016

The Playlist: American Football

American Football by American Football (Polyvinyl Records, 2016…

22, A Million by Bon Iver
22 October 2016

The Playlist: 22, A Million

22, A Million by Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar, 2016…

I Had a Dream that You Were Mine by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
15 October 2016

The Playlist: I Had a Dream that You Were Mine

I Had a Dream that You Were Mine by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam (Glassnote Entertainment Group, 2016…

Signs of Light by the Head and the Heart
03 October 2016

The Playlist: Signs of Light

Signs of Light by the Head and the Heart (Warner Bros. Records, 2016…

Home of the Strange by Young the Giant
21 September 2016

The Playlist: Home of the Strange

Home of the Strange by Young the Giant (Fueled by Ramen, 2016…

We Move by James Vincent McMorrow
07 September 2016

The Playlist: We Move

We Move by James Vincent McMorrow (Faction Records, 2016…

Red Earth and Pouring Rain
03 September 2016

The Playlist: Red Earth & Pouring Rain

Red Earth & Pouring Rain by Bear’s Den (Communion, 2016…

First Light by Dustin Tebbutt
16 August 2016

The Playlist: First Light

First Light by Dustin Tebbutt (Narvik Records, 2016…

09 August 2016

The Playlist: A/B

A/B by Kaleo (Elektra, 2016…

Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka
04 August 2016

The Playlist: Love & Hate

Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka (Interscope Records, 2016…

Emotions and Math by Margaret Glaspy
31 July 2016

The Playlist: Emotions and Math

Emotions and Math by Margaret Glaspy (ATO Records, 2016…

Max Jury
21 July 2016

The Playlist: Max Jury

Max Jury by Max Jury (Marathon Artists, 2016…

Say It Out Loud by the Interrupters
03 July 2016

The Playlist: Say it Out Loud

Say it Out Loud by the Interrupters (Hellcat Records, 2016…

The Human Condition by Jon Bellion
26 June 2016

The Playlist: The Human Condition

The Human Condition by Jon Bellion (Capitol Records, 2016…

To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere by Thrice
23 June 2016

The Playlist: To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere

To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere by Thrice (Vagrant Records, 2016…

18 June 2016

The Playlist: The Ride

The Ride by Catfish and the Bottlemen (Capitol, 2016…

Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
11 June 2016

The Playlist: Coloring Book

Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper (Self-Released, 2016…

Moda Spira
05 June 2016

The Playlist: Moda Spira

Moda Spira by Moda Spira (Moda Spira, 2016…

The Party by Andy Shauf
29 May 2016

The Playlist: The Party

The Party by Andy Shauf (Anti- Records, 2016…

Sprained Ankle by Julien Baker
22 May 2016

The Playlist: Sprained Ankle

Sprained Ankle by Julien Baker (6131 Records, 2015…

The Colour in Anything by James Blake
17 May 2016

The Playlist: The Colour in Anything

The Colour in Anything by James Blake (Polydor, 2016…

A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead
10 May 2016

The Playlist: A Moon Shaped Pool

A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead (XL Recordings, 2016…

The Impossible Kid by Aesop Rock
03 May 2016

The Playlist: The Impossible Kid

The Impossible Kid by Aesop Rock (Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2016…

Junk by M83
27 April 2016

The Playlist: Junk

Junk by M83 (Mute Records, 2016…

Therapy Session by NF
24 April 2016

The Playlist: Therapy Session

Therapy Session by NF (Capitol CMG, 2016…

Atomic by Mogwai
21 April 2016

The Playlist: Atomic

Atomic by Mogwai (Rock Action, 2016…

Cleopatra by the Lumineers
12 April 2016

The Playlist: Cleopatra

Cleopatra by The Lumineers (Dualtone, 2016…

Cardinal by Pinegrove
03 April 2016

The Playlist: Cardinal

Cardinal by Pinegrove (Run for Cover Records, 2016…

Emily's D+Evolution by Esperanza Spalding
24 March 2016

The Playlist: Emily’s D+Evolution

Emily’s D+Evolution by Esperanza Spalding (Concord Records, 2016…

Good Grief by Lucius
18 March 2016

The Playlist: Good Grief

Good Grief by Lucius (Mom + Pop, 2016…

Ouroboros by Ray LaMontagne
08 March 2016

The Playlist: Ouroboros

Ouroboros by Ray LaMontagne (RCA Records, 2016…

iii by Miike Snow
05 March 2016

The Playlist: iii

iii by Miike Snow (Jackalope Recordings, 2016…

From the Top of Willamette Mountain by Joshua James
01 March 2016

The Playlist: From the Top of Willamette Mountain

From the Top of Willamette Mountain by Joshua James (Intelligent Noise Records, 2012…

Long Play by the Wealthy WEst
28 February 2016

The Playlist: Long Play

Long Play by the Wealthy West (The Wealthy West, 2016…

And the War Came by Shakey Graves
18 February 2016

The Playlist: And the War Came

And the War Came by Shakey Graves (Dualtone, 2014…

This Is Acting by Sia
07 February 2016

The Playlist: This Is Acting

This Is Acting by Sia (Inertia, 2016…

Not to Disappear by Daughter
31 January 2016

The Playlist: Not to Disappear

Not to Disappear by Daughter (4AD, 2016…

Hymns by Bloc Party
31 January 2016

The Playlist: Hymns

Hymns by Bloc Party (Vagrant, 2016…

I forget Where We Were by Ben Howard
04 January 2016

The Playlist: I Forget Where We Were

I Forget Where We Were by Ben Howard (Republic, 2014…

Top 40 Albums of 2015
29 December 2015

Top 40 Albums of 2015

40. New Alhambra by Elvis Depressedly Melodic. Rough around the edges. Biblical motifs. For the win.   39…

Phosphorescent Blues by Punch Brothers
03 December 2015

The Playlist: The Phosphorescent Blues

The Phosphorescent Blues by the Punch Brothers (Nonesuch Records, 2015…

California NIghts by Best Coast
02 December 2015

The Playlist: California Nights

California Nights by Best Coast (Wax Ltd, 2015…

Strange Trails by Lord Huron
26 November 2015

The Playlist: Strange Trails

Strange Trails by Lord Huron (Iamsound, 2015…

Its All Just Pretend by Ivan & Alyosha
17 November 2015

The Playlist: It’s All Just Pretend

It’s All Just Pretend by Ivan & Alyosha (Dualtone, 2015…

Return to the Moon by El Vy
10 November 2015

The Playlist: Return to the Moon

Return To The Moon by El Vy (4AD, 2015…

Rise & Fall by the Sweeplings
26 October 2015

The Playlist: Rise & Fall

Rise & Fall by the Sweeplings (The Sweeplings, 2015…

Every Open Eye by Chvrches
24 October 2015

The Playlist: Every Open Eye

Every Open Eye by Chvrches (Virgin, 2015…

Sermon on the Rocks by Josh Ritter
18 October 2015

The Playlist: Sermon on the Rocks

Sermon On The Rocks by Josh Ritter (Pytheas Recordings, 2015…

The Breach by Dustin Tebbutt
18 October 2015

The Playlist: The Breach

The Breach by Dustin Tebbutt (Eleven: A Music Company, 2014…

No No No by Beirut
29 September 2015

The Playlist: No No No

No No No by Beirut (4AD, 2015…

1989 by Ryan Adams
26 September 2015

The Playlist: 1989

1989 by Ryan Adams (Pax-Am, 2015…

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
22 August 2015

The Playlist: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Stax, 2015…

The Physical World by Death from Above 1979
18 August 2015

The Playlist: The Physical World

The Physical World by Death from Above 1979 (Last Gang Records, 2014…

Loma Vista by Family of the Year
11 August 2015

The Playlist: Loma Vista

Loma Vista by Family of the Year (Nettwerk, 2012…

Acoustic Collection by MxPx
10 July 2015

The Playlist: Acoustic Collection

Acoustic Collection by MxPx (Rock City Recording, 2014…

The Joy of Motion by Animals as Leaders
28 June 2015

The Playlist: The Joy of Motion

The Joy of Motion by Animals as Leaders (Sumerian, 2014…

Carry the Fire by Dustin Kensrue
24 June 2015

The Playlist: Carry the Fire

Carry The Fire by Dustin Kensrue (Workhorse Music Group, 2015…

Kintsugi by Death Cab for Cutie
12 June 2015

The Playlist: Kintsugi

Kintsugi by Death Cab for Cutie (Barsuk, 2015…

Vestiges and Claws by Jose Gonzalez
27 May 2015

The Playlist: Vestiges & Claws

Vestiges & Claws by José González (Mute, 2015…

The Winery Dogs
11 May 2015

The Playlist: The Winery Dogs

The Winery Dogs by The Winery Dogs (Loud & Proud Records, 2013…

Born Under Saturn by Django Django
07 May 2015

The Playlist: Born Under Saturn

Born Under Saturn by Django Django (Because Music, 2015…

09 April 2015

The Playlist: What a Terrible World, What a Wonderful World

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World by The Decemberists (Capitol Records, 2015…

Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
27 March 2015

The Playlist: Carrie & Lowell

Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens (Asthmatic Kitty, 2015…

My Favourite Faded Fantasy by Damien Rice
21 February 2015

The Playlist: My Favourite Faded Fantasy

My Favourite Faded Fantasy by Damien Rice (Vector Recordings, 2014…

They Want My Soul by Spoon
10 February 2015

The Playlist: They Want My Soul

They Want My Soul by Spoon (Loma Vista, 2014…

Hozier
06 February 2015

The Playlist: Hozier

Hozier by Hozier (Rubyworks, 2014…

Black Bear by Andrew Belle
30 January 2015

The Playlist: Black Bear

Black Bear by Andrew Belle (Elm City Music, 2013…

Rose Ave. by You+Me
23 January 2015

The Playlist: Rose Ave.

Rose Ave. by You+Me (RCA, 2014…

Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams
09 January 2015

The Playlist: Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams (Pax AM, 2014…

23 December 2014

Album Review: Life Stories: The Choral Music of Eric William Barnum

Life Stories – The Choral Music of Eric Barnum by Robert Bode, Choral Arts, and Eric William Barnum (Gothic Records, 2014) Dr…

May Playlist 2014
20 May 2014

May Playlist 2014

Not too indie these days, but here’s what I’m spinning. Beck — Morning Phase Melodic. Bluesy. Layers upon layers of vocals. Americana. Textured. Reverb-drenched…

February Playlist 2014
26 February 2014

February Playlist 2014

As a disclaimer, this list doesn’t necessarily mean music released in February 2014; it’s just a reflection of what I’ve been listening to…

January Playlist 2014
24 January 2014

January Playlist 2014

In an effort to switch things up and keep better track of my listening habits, I have decided to shift music reviewing strategies…

22 January 2014

Album Review: Post Tropical

Post Tropical by James Vincent McMorrow (Vagrant, 2014. 42 minutes) James Vincent McMorrow (b. 1983) is an Irish singer and songwriter…

Andrew’s Top 20 Albums of 2013
30 December 2013

Andrew’s Top 20 Albums of 2013

I have a theory, even if it is slightly unfounded, that when Arcade Fire took the Grammy win for Album of the Year a while back, the entire music industry changed…

Donovan’s Top 10 Albums of 2013
28 December 2013

Donovan’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

The day of reckoning fast approaches for the music industry…

Days Are Gone by Haim
24 November 2013

Album Review: Days Are Gone

Days Are Gone by Haim (Columbia, 2013. 44 minutes) Haim is a band from Los Angeles, California comprised of sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim…

23 October 2013

Album Review: The Last Ship

The Last Ship by Sting (Cherry Tree, A&M. 66 minutes) Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on October 2, 1951…

Mosquito by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
27 August 2013

Album Review: Mosquito

Mosquito by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Dress Up, Interscope, 2013…

23 August 2013

Album Review: The Weatherman

The Weatherman by Gregory Alan Isakov (Suitcase Town Music, 2013. 41 minutes) Gregory Alan Isakov is a singer-songwriter…

Amok by Atoms for Peace
11 August 2013

Album Review: Amok

Amok by Atoms for Peace (XL Recordings, 2013…

Trouble Will Find Me by The National
24 June 2013

Album Review: Trouble Will Find Me

Trouble Will Find Me by The National (4AD, 2013. 55 minutes) The National is Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Scott Devendorf, and Bryan Devendorf…

19 June 2013

Album Review: Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil

Rachmaninov: All-night Vigil, “Vespers” by The Latvian Radio Choir (Ondine, 2013…

Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend.
16 June 2013

Album Review: Modern Vampires of the City

Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend (XL, 2013…

Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West
25 May 2013

Album Review: Watch the Throne

Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella, 2011. 46 minutes) Born in Brooklyn, Jay-Z is an American rapper, record producer, and business mogul…

The Beast in its Tracks by Josh Ritter
17 May 2013

Album Review: The Beast in its Tracks

The Beast in its Tracks by Josh Ritter (Pytheas Recordings, 2013. 44 minutes) Josh Ritter is an American singer-songwriter born in Moscow, Idaho…

All the Times We Had by Ivan & Alyosa
29 March 2013

Album Review: All the Times We Had

All the Times We Had by Ivan & Alyosha (Dualtone Records, 2013…

20 March 2013

Album Review: The 20/20 Experience

The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake (RCA, 2013…

18 March 2013

Album Review: Boys & Girls

Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (ATO, 2012. 38 minutes) Alabama Shakes formed in 2009…

11 March 2013

Album Review: The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hands

The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand by Matt Pond (BMG, 2013…

24 February 2013

Album Review: Document

Document by R.E.M. (I.R.S. Records, 1987. 40 minutes) Formed in 1980 in Athens, Georgia, R.E.M. is one of the first alternative rock bands…

21 January 2013

Album Review: Lonesome Dreams

Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron (Iamsound Records, 2012. 45 minutes) Lord Huron is an American indie folk group from Los Angeles…

07 January 2013

Album Review: Shut Down the Streets

Shut Down the Streets by A.C. Newman (Matador Records, 2012. 40 minutes) A.C. Newman is a Canadian singer-songwriter…

Andrew’s Top 20 Albums of 2012
21 December 2012

Andrew’s Top 20 Albums of 2012

No, there’s no Kesha, Maroon 5, or Carly Rae Jepsen on this list, and that’s how I like it…

Donovan’s Top 10 Albums of 2012
20 December 2012

Donovan’s Top 10 Albums of 2012

Much like last year, I am surprised at the continued narrowing of my musical consumption…

09 December 2012

Album Review: Silver & Gold

Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10 by Sufjan Stevens (Asthmatic Kitty, 2012…

29 November 2012

Album Review: Negotiations

Negotiations by Helio Sequence (Sub Pop, 2012. 40 minutes) The Helio Sequence is an American alternative rock duo from Beaverton, Oregon, signed to Sub Pop…

31 October 2012

Album Review: The Heist

The Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Macklemore LLC, 2012. 61 minutes) Macklemore is the moniker for Seattle-based rapper, Ben Haggerty…

26 October 2012

Album Review: Old World Romance

Old World Romance by Sea Wolf (Dangerbird Records, 2012. 32 minutes) Sea Wolf is an indie folk band fronted by Alex Church…

24 October 2012

Album Review: Synthetica

Synthetica by Metric (MMI, Crystal Math Music Group, and Mom + Pop Music, 2012…

18 October 2012

Album Review: Babel

Babel by Mumford & Sons (Island Records, 2012…

05 October 2012

Album Review: There’s No Leaving Now

There’s No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man on Earth (Dead Oceans, 2012…

16 August 2012

Album Review: The Idler Wheel…

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple (Clean Slate, Epic, 2012…

24 July 2012

Album Review: Ten Stories

Ten Stories by mewithoutYou (Pine Street Collection, 2012. 40 minutes) mewithoutYou is an American rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania…

11 July 2012

Album Review: By the Horns

By the Horns by Julia Stone (Nettwerk Records, 2012. 38 minutes) Julia Stone (b. 1984) is an Australian singer and songwriter…

18 June 2012

Album Review: Strangeland

Strangeland by Keane (Island Records, 2012. 45 minutes) Keane is a piano-driven pop band lead by front man Tom Chaplin…

08 June 2012

Album Review: Valtari

Valtari by Sigur Rós (Parlophone, 2012. 54 minutes) Sigur Rós is an Icelandic band, originally formed in 1994…

06 June 2012

Album Review: Bloom

Bloom by Beach House (Sub Pop Records, 2012…

30 May 2012

Album Review: Fear Fun

Fear Fun by Father John Misty (Sub Pop Records, 2012. 41 minutes) Father John Misty is the moniker of singer-songwriter and former Fleet Foxes drummer, Joshua Tillman…

24 May 2012

Album Review: Beware and Be Grateful

Beware & Be Grateful by Maps & Atlases (Barsuk Records, 2012. 43 minutes) Maps & Atlases is Shiraz Dada, David Davison, Erin Elders, and Chris Hainey…

21 May 2012

Album Review: Neck of the Woods

Neck of the Woods by Silversun Pickups (Dangerbird, 2012. 59 minutes) Silversun Pickups is an alternative rock band based out of Los Angeles…

14 May 2012

Album Review: The Lion’s Roar

The Lion’s Roar by First Aid Kit (Wichita Recordings, 2012. 43 minutes) Formed in 2007, First Aid Kit is Johanna and Klara Söderberg from Enskede, Sweden…

11 May 2012

Album Review: Little Broken Hearts

Little Broken Hearts by Norah Jones (Blue Note, 2012. 45 minutes) Norah Jones (b. 1979) is the daughter of famous sitarist, Ravi Shankar…

04 May 2012

Album Review: Ashes & Fire

Ashes & Fire by Ryan Adams (Capitol Records/Pax Americana Record Company, 2011…

24 April 2012

Album Review: Port of Morrow

Port of Morrow by The Shins (Columbia Records/Aural Apothecary, 2012…

29 March 2012

Album Review: Come Back As Rain

Come Back As Rain by Good Old War (Sargent House, 2012. 38 minutes) Good Old War is Keith Goodwin, Daniel Schwartz, and Tim Arnold…

27 March 2012

Guest Album Review: Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen (Columbia Records, 2012, 62 min…

23 March 2012

Album Review: Barchords

Barchords by Bahamas (Universal Republic, 2012. 39 minutes) Bahamas is the stage name of Afie (AY-fee) Jurvanen, who is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter…

09 March 2012

Album Review: Some Nights

Some Nights by Fun. (Fueled by Ramen/Nettwerk, 2012. 46 minutes) Fun…

07 March 2012

Album Review: Kisses on the Bottom

Kisses on the Bottom by Paul McCartney (Hear Music, 2012. 56 minutes) Sir Paul McCartney (MBE, Hon Ram, FRCM) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and composer…

27 February 2012

Album Review: Scars & Stories

Scars & Stories by The Fray (Epic, 2012, 45 minutes) The Fray is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado…

03 February 2012

Album Review: Anar

Anar by Marketa Irglova (ANTI-, 2011…

31 January 2012

Album Review: Mylo Xyloto

Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay (Parlophone, 2011. 44 minutes) Coldplay are a British alternative rock band led by vocalist Chris Martin…

20 December 2011

Christmas Albums 2011: #3 – A Very She & Him Christmas

A Very She & Him Christmas by She & Him (Merge Records, 2011. 32 minutes) She & Him is comprised of Zooey Deschanel and M…

Concert Review: The National, Local Natives, and Wye Oak
14 December 2011

Concert Review: The National, Local Natives, and Wye Oak

Tour Poster The National, Local Natives, and Wye Oak (Concert at The Neptune Theatre, Seattle…

12 December 2011

Christmas Albums 2011: #2 – Under The Mistletoe

Under the Mistletoe by Justin Bieber (Island Records, 2001…

06 December 2011

Christmas Albums 2011: #1 – Christmas

Christmas by Michael Bublé (Reprise Records, 2011…

05 December 2011

Album Review: Metals

Metals by Feist (Cherrytree Records, 2011. 50 minutes) Feist is the stage name for Canadian singer-songwriter, Leslie Feist…

01 December 2011

Book Review: The Magicians

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Concert Review: Bon Iver and Other Lives
22 November 2011

Concert Review: Bon Iver and Other Lives

Concert at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle…

04 November 2011

Musical Review: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

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25 October 2011

Album Review: The Rip Tide

The Rip Tide by Beirut (Pompeii Records, 2011…

20 September 2011

Album Review: If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?  by Incubus (Epic Records, 2011…

02 September 2011

Album Review: Burst Apart

Burst Apart by The Antlers (Frenchkiss, 2011. 41 minutes) The Antlers is an indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New York…

23 August 2011

Album Review: Little Hell

Little Hell by City and Colour (Vagrant Records, 2011…

11 August 2011

Album Review: Gloss Drop

Gloss Drop by Battles (Warp Records, 2011. 52 minutes) Battles is an avant-garde rock band from New York City…

02 August 2011

Book Review: Bright’s Passage

Bright’s Passage: A Novel by Josh Ritter (New York: Dial Press, 2011…

28 July 2011

Album Review: Bon Iver

Bon Iver by Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar, 2011…

03 July 2011

Album Review: Codes and Keys

Codes and Keys by Death Cab for Cutie (Atlantic Records and Barsuk Records, 2011…

22 June 2011

Album Review: Strange Negotiations

Strange Negotiations by David Bazan (Barsuk Records, 2011…

14 June 2011

Album Review: Helplessness Blues

Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop, 2011. 50 minutes) Based in Seattle, Washington, Fleet Foxes is a folk rock band lead by vocalist Robin Pecknold…

08 June 2011

Album Review: Wasting Light

Wasting Light by Foo Fighters (RCA, 2011. 48 minutes) Foo Fighters are an American rock band formed by lead singer and guitarist, Dave Grohl…

17 May 2011

Album Review: Build a Rocket Boys

Build a Rocket Boys by Elbow (Downtown/Cooperative Music, 2011. 52 minutes) Formed in 1990 in Manchester, England, Elbow is a successful British rock band…

29 April 2011

Album Review: Gold in the Shadow

Gold in the Shadow by William Fitzsimmons (Nettwerk Records, 2011…

27 April 2011

Album Review: The King of Limbs

The King of Limbs by Radiohead (Ticker Tape Ltd., 2011. 37 minutes) Formed in 1985, Radiohead is an alternative rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England…

25 March 2011

Album Review: Barton Hollow

Barton Hollow by the Civil Wars (Sensibility Music, 2011…

18 March 2011

Album Review: Mine Is Yours

Mine Is Yours by Cold War Kids (Interscope, 2011…

08 February 2011

Album Review: Kiss Each Other Clean

Kiss Each Other Clean by Iron & Wine (Warner Bros. Records, 2011. 44 minutes) Iron & Wine is the stage named of songwriter Sam Beam…

26 January 2011

Album Review: The King Is Dead

The King Is Dead by the Decemberists (Capitol Records, 2011. 41 minutes) The Decemberists are a folk band located in Portland, Oregon…

18 January 2011

Book Review: The Devotion of Suspect X

The Devotion of Suspect X: A Novel by Keigo Higashino, translated by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander (New York: Minotaur Books, 2011…

Quick Hits: New Music
28 September 2010

Quick Hits: New Music

Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz Out October 12th, The Age of Adz is the long-awaited follow-up to Come on Feel the Illinoise…

Top 20 Albums of the First Half of 2010
21 July 2010

Top 20 Albums of the First Half of 2010

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