Beaucoup Fish by Underworld

When I was in college for my undergraduate degree, I had an incredibly tough first year. I would go to the park near my dorm, lie on the grass and stare up at the trees and listen Beaucoup Fish by …


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Muse: Simulation Theory

As a longtime Muse fan, I have high expectations for each new release. The thing that stands out about this band is their originality in sound and unique subject matter. While some of their songs can be the typical cliché …


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Taylor Swift: Reputation

I really don’t know much about Taylor Swift. I’ve heard rumors of weird feuds she’s having with other celebrities. Katy Perry, Kanye West. I’ve heard most of her songs are about famous ex-boyfriends. I’ve heard she sometimes sends Christmas packages …


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Beck: Colors

You’re never going to pigeonhole Beck. Coming out of nowhere in the early ’90s with his goofy ramshackle hybrid of folk guitars and hip hop beats, he had his biggest hit with his first single, “Loser.” But not content to …


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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits

The world was shocked this week by the death of American music icon Tom Petty.

Starting in the late ’70s, Petty and his band The Heartbreakers, led the heartland rock movement, foregoing the, then in-vogue, dance and synth-heavy pop music …


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Iron & Wine: Beast Epic

Beginning as a solo, home-recording project, Sam Beam’s Iron & Wine has grown in complexity with each album, adding additional players, electronic elements and even a horn section.

With the sixth Iron & Wine full-length album, Beam has brought the …


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Randy Newman: Dark Matter

Randy Newman is, according to Don Henley of the Eagles, “one of the only living songwriters who can get ridicule and empathy into the same song. Sometimes, he works in the realm of irony; other times, he’s a heart-on-his-sleeve romantic.” …


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Jeff Tweedy: Together at Last

After occasionally touring with stripped down, acoustic versions of songs by Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Golden Smog and Loose Fur, Jeff Tweedy continues to explore his own back catalog with his new album, Together at  Last.

Fans of Tweedy songwriting …


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Fleet Foxes: Crack-Up

With frequent comparisons to Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, the press seemed pretty enamored with Fleet Foxes when the band broke out with their debut album in 2008. By the end of that year, the …


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Justin Townes Earle: Kids in the Street

For the last ten years, singer Justin Townes Earle has been bearing up under the heavy comparisons to two musical luminaries, his father, alt-country godfather Steve Earle, and his namesake, Texas’ most revered songwriter, Townes Van Zandt.

But on his …


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Paul Weller: A Kind Revolution

Forty years after debuting as the stereotypical “Angry Young Man” on vocals and guitar on In the City, the first album from The Jam, Paul Weller is back with his 13th solo full-length record.

A Kind Revolution is a …


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Windhand: Soma

Soma is the gargantuan second album by Richmond, Virginia Doom Metal quintet Windhand who set themselves apart from the pack which represents the genre in a few ways but most noticeably via the utilization of clean, female vocals courtesy of …


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Vista Chino: Peace

Peace is the debut album from L.A.’s Vista Chino but the members involved are far from novices. The band is comprised of musicians who have spent at least 20 years in the underground rock scene and the album actually sounds …


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