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The Antlers Familiars

REVIEW: The Antlers – ‘Familiars’

Artist: The Antlers Album: Familiars Genre: Ambient Rock Label: Anti- When a band takes its name from a Microphones song, it’s fair game to expect hopeless toiling in love metaphors, jumpy explorative arrangements, and, above all, musical cataracts in the form of depression. Phil Elverum’s “Antlers,” a lo-fi folk recording that fades out with a […]

Sharon Van Etten Are We There

REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten – ‘Are We There’

Artist: Sharon Van Etten Album: Are We There Genre: Folk Rock Label: Jagjaguwar Sharon Van Etten is a rarity among musicians. The New Jersey native will step onstage and squabble with her three-piece backing band, combining nervous jokes with a half-snort laugh that would probably get a kid bullied in middle school. She’s a bit […]

Owen Pallett In Conflict

REVIEW: Owen Pallett – ‘In Conflict’

Artist: Owen Pallett Album: In Conflict Genre: Chamber Pop Label: Domino/Secret City Owen Pallett has been standing on the curved line of fame for years. The 34-year-old Canadian has yet to become a household name, but he’s played a part in the sound of so many who are. As a composer, he’s done arrangements for the […]

tigers jaw

REVIEW: Tigers Jaw – ‘Charmer’

Artist: Tigers Jaw Album: Charmer Label: Run For Cover Records Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Tigers Jaw are a rare breed of band. Masters of introspective lyricism, this much-vaunted quintet possess a unique ability to create music that is both hauntingly beautiful and unashamedly heartfelt, yet still maintains a rollicking energy rooted deep in its punk rock soul. […]

wye oak

REVIEW: Wye Oak – ‘Shriek’

Artist: Wye Oak Album: Shriek Genre: Indie Rock Label: Merge Just because there’s two people in a band doesn’t mean they’re limited to two instruments. Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have been creating a sound bolder than that which two people would make, Wasner leaping about with her guitar and vocals while Stack expertly drums with one […]

The Secret Handshake – My Name Up In Lights

Artist: The Secret Handshake Album: My Name Up In Lights Genre: Pop Label: Triple Crown Track List: 1. All For You 2. TGIF 3. Nothing Can Change That 4. Little Song 5. What’s Wrong 6. Saturday 7. Make Up Your Mind 8. Hey Girl 9. Brand New Love 10. Last Song As I’ve said before, […]