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Motherfolk – Family Ghost

Motherfolk are not a folk band, although they certainly have that feel at times. No, they are decidedly a rock band that feels down to earth despite their at times irreverent social media presence. The tone of this record is so feel good and approachable that when you really dig into the lyrics, you’ll be shook. No ...

Bishop Briggs – CHAMPION

When I think of Bishop Briggs, I think of something a friend said to me at Wonderbus Festival this past summer: “she had the whole place going!” I wasn’t there (shame on me), but I’m not surprised! I also think of one of the first times I saw Briggs appear on TV. She was doing a sort of dance-jog in place like she ...

Square Peg Round Hole – Branches

It’s the first of many cold weekends in Columbus, Ohio. Next week is supposed to be frigid. With the cold comes the desire for peaceful, classy music. Square Peg Round Hole is a band that I had a feeling would deliver on this desire when I pressed “play” on their new album Branches on Spotify. Only a couple of songs ...

The Cordial Sins – In Memory

There are a few sweeping indie bands on the rise right now, and any one of them could be next to conquer alt radio. The Cordial Sins are a group I would place on that list. Their EP In Memory is brief yet captures a driving, addictive sound that is a natural evolution into my favorite iterations of the band thus far. The ...

Skyways – Rollercoaster EP

You know, I just finished writing about a record with a throwback sound in this neighborhood cafe, and I found myself in the mood for another review, something a bit more lighthearted but nonetheless different. I found that need satisfied with Skyways’ Rollercoaster EP. Some real hidden gems emerge in the depths of the ...

Kyle Cox makes music your grandma would love, ain’t no “Perhaps One Day” about it.

I wasn’t raised particularly close to the Rat Pack. I was more likely to hear the oldies or 80s station as a kid than lounge music. The closest I got to this era was going to see my grandpa perform with his community band; he played Sousaphone for OSU’s TBDBITL (even dotting the I during their famous “Script Ohio" ...

This Singer and Michigander is the voice of a generation. Here’s why.

While the vast majority of us have been sleeping on his musical brainchild for years, Jason Singer has been quietly building an empire across the country. That steady rise culminated this year with Michigander signing to C3 Records, headlining a lengthy U.S. tour run, and most notably, releasing his newest EP Where Do We Go ...