[ALBUM] Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

As can be expected of an album inspired by a mother’s death, Sufjan Stevens’ latest is an unabashed, quietly intense, and heartbreaking album. But, Stevens doesn’t dilute his introspection with an attempt to be universally understood. Carrie & Lowell is not an album for us. It’s an anthology of sweetly-sung reflection elucidated for the sake ...

[ALBUM] Laura Marling – Short Movie

There’s one moment on Laura Marling’s Short Movie that embodies the spirit of the album as a whole, almost perfectly. On “How Can I”, the 25-year old singer/songwriter explains, “I’m taking more risks now. I’m stepping out of line.” While this, most likely, is not a direct reference to musical or lyrical experimentation specifically, Marling’s ...

[ALBUM] The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

The Decemberists claimed their stake in the music industry with Antebellum Era-diction, florid musical arrangements and narratives to match. With What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, Colin Meloy and his bandmates explore meta-perspectives (“The Singer Addresses His Audiences”, “Anti-Summersong”), dip their feet in world of power-pop (“Make You Better”) and occasionally leave behind ...

Quinn’s Top 30 Songs of 2014

It’s no secret that 2014 wasn’t the strongest year in music, it was certainly no 2012, but I still managed to put a list of great songs together that everyone should listen to before this year comes to a close.  They range from all the way back in January to some that just came out ...

Koltes’ Top 26 Songs of 2014

Click the image above to listen to all of the songs in a neat little Rdio playlist. In no particular order: “Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now” – Atmosphere “Perfect World” – Broken Bells “After The Disco” – Broken Bells “Holding On for Life” – Broken Bells “Magic” – Coldplay “Ghost ...

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