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Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Son Little’s sophomore album “New Magic” – simpler & more upbeat than his last

I was really looking forward to seeing what Son Little would do with his new album. His first full length self-titled release established him as someone looking to rework the blues and R&B canon in a new way (or to travel some forgotten byways). That album was  spectral, spooky, and a little freaky. It called

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Let’s talk about Tattoo Money’s Untitled EP

I have been a hip-hop fan for years and would like to consider myself well-versed in new styles of not only hip-hop, but indie music in general. This was my first experience with Tattoo Money, a Brooklyn-based,...

Friday, August 18th, 2017

“Beast Epic”, the latest by Iron & Wine, is a smooth summer listen

Beast Epic, the sixth album by Iron & Wine, marks a self-described revisiting of the past. How so? First, it’s put out by Sub Pop, his first record label, and, secondly, in terms of sound. Recording everything...

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Punctual review: summer beats right on time

Punctual (DJs Will Lansley and John Morgan) are slowly building a melodic and beautiful empire. After their debut single “Eva” turned out to be a smash hit last year, the British duo has released a pop-smart EP,...

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Capital Cities “Swimming Pool Summer” EP review

Capital Cities fans should be happy to hear from the duo comprising the group, Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant, as the last time we heard from them was back in 2013 with A Tidal Wave of Mystery. There...

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

“Branko Presents: Enchufada Na Zona” – power, privilege, afro-beat, & appropriation

On his debut album Atlas a couple years ago, Branko found himself netted in a conversation – or argument, really – on cultural appropriation. The crux of the debate concerns whether or not it’s OK to grab the...

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The merging of Two Macs: “This Old Dog” is on Captured Tracks

Every year May is full of things to look forward to: the end of school, Memorial Day weekend, Cinco De Mayo (if that’s your thing) but this May we were also graced with the third full length...

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Bug and Earth walk through Hell in “Concrete Desert”

Concept albums, like Stevie Wonder’s Secret Life of Plants or Pink Floyd’s The Wall, hold a special place in the imaginations of music lovers because they exist as something more meaningful than a collection of songs. Though...

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

“Offers” by NE-HI: Coming of age in the community of garage rock

NE-HI recently released their second album, Offers, via Grand Jury records (which also happens to be the home of a couple more of my favorite windy city boys, Twin Peaks). This is the first release for NE-HI under a prominent...

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Animal Collective’s “The Painters”: Energetic, but not quite a standout

Animal Collective returns on The Painters — a companion EP to last year’s Painting With. The Painters is usual Animal Collective — experimental indie pop with energy, contrasted with introspection — but it’s unlikely to be a standout...

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