[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] Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

Houndmouth’s sophomore album, Little Neon Limelight, dropped this week and it’s definitely worth a listen. If you haven’t heard of Houndmouth, they are an Indy-based band who started serenading us with their husky twang in 2011. They’re genre, alternative country. You may be asking yourself who is the target audience for alt-country, hipsters from the ...

Local Artist of the Week: Hello Heart

The fearless foursome of Gabe Hart, Christian Nelson, Christian Walz and Nick Zimmerman make up this week’s Local Artist of the Week, Hello Heart. The group of friends from Owatonna, Minnesota started playing together in 2012 and have had recent success by signing with Winter State Entertainment, a Minnesota based record company. Under the Winter State label they ...

[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 ...

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