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Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else Music

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

Given the self-loathing angst of Cloud Nothing’s 2012 masterpiece Attack on Memory, it might be surprising to learn that frontman and songwriter Dylan Baldi has a fantastic sense of humor. “Listened to the leak of that new cloud nothings album, not at all what i was expecting from them, really awful shit,” Baldi tweeted from Read More
Ava Luna – Electric Balloon Music

Ava Luna – Electric Balloon

For someone who’s career is all about listening, Carlos Hernandez, de facto leader of Ava Luna, sure likes to watch. He’s a bit voyeuristic in his role for Ava Luna’s “Ice Level” video, stating that his character “watches from a dark, geometrical vantage point.” More revealing is when he’s observing to learn rather than, well, Read More
St. Vincent – St. Vincent Music

St. Vincent – St. Vincent

How’s this for a compliment? Rolling Stone recently deemed St. Vincent “the most thrilling solo artist in indie rock right now.” It’s no small feat to receive this level of respect from one of the best-established cultural publications of all time, even though hyperbole is inevitable in any sort of art criticism. Yet praise for Read More
Phantogram – Voices Music

Phantogram – Voices

Phantogram’s career to date has proven that an artist’s musical approaches can be scattershot and haphazard without coming off messy or amateurish. Their debut LP Eyelid Movies dabbled in a wide range of styles: faintly dark, electro-tinged dream pop, terrifying, urgent, 90s-style hip-hop, and contemplative yet forceful indie rock all received equal space on this Read More
Gardens & Villa – Dunes Music

Gardens & Villa – Dunes

Every week, the online music magazine Stereogum publishes a list of the week’s five best songs. Being the integral component of the hype machine that they are, Stereogum often tops the list with a new song by a well-established act, so when Gardens & Villa’s “Bullet Train” topped this list on November 22 of last Read More
Haim – Days Are Gone Music

Haim – Days Are Gone

It’s understandable to have trouble taking a band seriously when its bassist uses the handle “@jizziemcguire” on Twitter. No, Este Haim, one of three sisters comprising Haim (hence the band name), hasn’t changed at all now that she’s in the spotlight; according to Spin’s recent cover story on the band, she shouted her phone number Read More


I have strong opinions about the state of music today. Some people would object to them, I even object to them most of the time. But the fact is that for those honest to the art of creating music, it exists to bring joy, energy, sadness, or any emotional response. However, that only happens when Read More
Later Babes – DETH Music

Later Babes – DETH

Since music has launched into the digital realm, mashups are becoming an increasingly popularly genre. While the hip-hop world has been sampling other artists’ music for decades, the concept of using an array of samples to create a complete song is still relatively new. Many music aficionados scoff at the idea as being a kitschy Read More
Alex Turner – Submarine OST Music

Alex Turner – Submarine OST

Back in 2006, when Arctic Monkeys rose to wider prominence with their highly acclaimed debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, only a handful of music enthusiasts would expect their haughty Sheffield frontman to release an acoustic solo EP in the next few years. Thankfully, at least some of contemporary musicians Read More
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist Music

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist

Sometimes being able to eat your own words in a nice feeling. It a recent feature piece about the merger between Universal Music Group and EMI, I noted that the iTunes Top Ten chart is almost exclusive to artists signed onto one of the three major record labels. Well, it looks like a west coast Read More