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ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Bad Suns – Language & Perspective

I’ve been neglectful of my Album Of The Week feature of late, but with the amount of hits Bad Suns crafted for their debut album, they easily won the honor. Swaying anthems with infectious hooks are Bad Suns’ game and Language & Perspective makes them look like experts. Early gems like “Cardiac Arrest” and “We […]

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Album Of The Week: Rodrigo y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive

…and now for something totally different than Remix Friday. Rodrigo y Gabriela return with their fifth studio album of fiery, flamenco guitar music, 9 Dead Alive. I can’t even count how many Summers this inspiring duo has ruled my stereo for, but they will surely occupy my playlists again this summer. Gone is the orchestra […]

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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2013 #1-10

The finale is here. My top 10 favorite albums of 2013. Leave yours in the comments! #1 Disclosure-Settle (Spotify) From the moment you hit “play” on Disclosure’s debut album Settle, I challenge you not to want to get out of your seat and move. “When A Fire Starts To Burn” sets the tone so well, […]

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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2013 #11-20

So many albums, so little time… #11 Local Natives-Hummingbird (Spotify) The departure of a band member can crush some acts, but Local Natives persevered with the help of The National’s Aaron Dessner. Dessner’s production helped the Cali crew in making their harmonies sound even lusher with grander instrumentation and darker tones. “Wooly Mammoth” echoed the […]

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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2013 – Honorable Mention

I’ve started each year’s top albums list when a preface about how people don’t listen to albums anymore. That statement is still true, but if the big names of 2013 didn’t make you immerse yourself in at least one artist’s vision for a full length album then you might have an issue. Just look at […]

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2013 Wrap-Up: Reader’s Edition

As you probably guessed, my relative radio silence here hasn’t just been due to grad school finals. ‘Tis the time of year for my annual “best of” lists and I’ve compiled all of my top tracks, albums and live shows of 2013. In addition to those standard lists, I added a new feature for 2013: […]

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Album of the Week: The Features – The Features

The Features The Features Serpents & Snakes Records/BMG When it came time for Murfreesboro, TN’s The Features to craft a new album, you can’t blame them for looking for a change. Venturing to Vancouver, WA must have been exactly what the band needed as they transitioned from southern rock to artful pop rock on their […]