Agnes Obel – Aventine

written by: Adrienne Thomas on October 16, 2013

Agnes Obel is an award-winning Danish musician who blends classical piano and strings with traditional folk wanderings. Her sound is simplistically theatrical, warm and inspirationally woven for curious and contemplative ears. Born in Copenhagen to parents who collect antique instruments, Obel now resides in Berlin, a bustling necessity for the freedom in composition she seeks. […]

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Icona Pop – This Is… Icona Pop

written by: Adrienne Thomas on September 29, 2013

Icona Pop is a female Swedish electro-pop duo with enough energy and girl power to tackle an American football stadium sound system. The group is as prototypically poppy as its radio and club night play counts might suggest. Icona Pop hides behind no profound or innovative intentions. An 8-year-old will recognize “I Love It,” a […]

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written by: Adrienne Thomas on September 20, 2013

MGMT seems to have made meticulously clever choices all over its third and most recent album, MGMT. From the juxtaposition of heavily psychedelic, and often dark, content on the album with the dull daily scene on its cover artwork, to the title of the second track, “Cool Song No. 2,” these self-aware ironies are pristinely […]

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Caged Animals – In The Land Of Giants

written by: Adrienne Thomas on September 9, 2013

In The Land Of Giants marks the second album for Vincent Cacchione’s new band, Caged Animals. Out on September 3, In The Land takes a turn toward a gentler, electronically quirkier sound than his previous release as Caged Animals, as well as with his former rock band, Soft Black. Cacchione lives in Brooklyn, the breeding […]

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K.Flay – What If It Is EP

written by: Adrienne Thomas on August 25, 2013

“Kinda bummed all my fun shit broke/My heart, my spirit, my art, my toes.” – K. Flay, “Hail Mary” Female rappers are only recently storming the hip hop stage in a grimy wave of post-’90s freestyle flow. The feisty confidence of Nicki Minaj, Jean Grae, and Azealia Banks made way for the recognition of underground […]

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Little Moments EP

written by: Adrienne Thomas on August 8, 2013

Whiny vocal familiarity and long, minimal instrumental jams represent the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah we knew eight years ago. Since the slow dissipation of fame following the group’s popular 2005 self-titled debut, members of the indie-rock staple band seemed to focus more on their various side projects than on keeping CYHSY fresh or prominent. […]

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The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars

written by: Adrienne Thomas on July 28, 2013

Grammy Award-winning folk-country duo The Civil Wars will release its self-titled sophomore studio album on August 6. The album sounds warm and their voices lead the show, defining a contemporary mixture of indie-folk and country. The duo, with its intimate lyrics and impassioned harmonies (listen: “From This Valley”), is possibly one of the most accessible […]

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Jimmy Eat World – Damage

written by: Adrienne Thomas on June 20, 2013

America’s favorite millennial rockers Jimmy Eat World returned to the scene on June 11 with the eighth album since 1995, Damage. Although their large-scale fame arose over ten years ago, the musicians from Arizona have continued to release critically solid albums ever since. With lyrics and powerful progressions known for touching the hearts of romantic listeners […]

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Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of The City

written by: Adrienne Thomas on June 5, 2013

Famed NYC indie-rock outfit Vampire Weekend often reflects on its simultaneous media presences—as beloved musicians and victims of typecasted scrutiny. Regarding its initial fame for 2008’s self-titled debut, frontman Ezra Koenig explains that Vampire Weekend got lumped into an Afrobeat Indie-Pop tag almost immediately, and the band has subsequently struggled with the notion of categorization […]

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Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

written by: Adrienne Thomas on May 24, 2013

Mastered by production legend Bob Ludwig (Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Rolling Stones, The Who), Random Access Memories is Daft Punk’s fourth studio album—the French duo’s deepest and most anticipated dive into the big leagues. It was recorded using mostly live instruments and session musicians, limiting electronic instruments to a synthesizer, drum machines, and Kraftwerk-era vocoders. Random […]

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The Staves at Schubas on May 18, 2013

written by: Adrienne Thomas on May 21, 2013

Each belted harmony brought that rare, pure smile to the intently listening crowd of faces. The therapeutic beauty in harmonic, human (im)perfection was never more evident than in the calm, grateful moods of the audience filing back out into the storm.

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