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Dougie Poole – The Freelancer’s Blues

Song titles like "Vaping on the Job" and "These Drugs Aren't Working" conjure a mood of slight humor, even a wistfulness perhaps. Certainly an artist with an album titled Wideass Highway couldn't possibly taken himself too seriously. This anti-establishment rhetoric was particularly prevalent in the age of country outlaws. ...

Wrest – A World That Has Left You Unspoken

This is an emotive record. An EP boundless in creativity and sincerity, and it’s all from a Scottish act from Edinburgh, which can stake their claim as a band to watch with fixated eyes. Their new EP A World That Has Left You Unspoken, has the power to change perceptions. Not only does it sound remarkable, but it is ...

Future Islands – As Long As You Are

Future Islands are a band of juxtapositions. They're easy to figure out. They're nearly universally acclaimed by music publications and live music lovers. Remember when Pitchfork named "Seasons (Waiting on You)" their song of the year in 2014? Yet, when I've shown the band to friends, they've had less than satisfactory ...

Citizens Return to Their Roots On ‘The Joy of Being’

Citizens is one of those groups I've only enjoyed in parts—their self-titled debut felt perhaps a bit too CCM for my taste. Join the Triumph fell in a similar vein. A Mirror Dimly, Fear, and Waking Up to Never Die broke this trend by diverging from worship, opting for more of a standard indie rock approach. It was the ...

Give Pop Country a Chance With HARDY’s ‘A ROCK’

If I told you the man responsible for Blake Shelton's hit "God's Country" and a chart-topping single with the refrain "I'm rednecker than you" actually was a pretty talented and well-spoken songwriter, I wouldn't be shocked if you didn't believe me. But if you can put your pride aside for a moment and hear me out, I hope ...

Amiensus – Abreaction

- Timothy Estabrooks There is a specific moment that occurs so commonly in black metal that one begins to expect it after listening to enough albums in the genre. It’s a sudden crescendo and explosion that simultaneously feels like euphoria and a bloodletting. On Abreaction—the new release from Rochester, Minnesota ...

Tuned Up Portraits I: How you are coping with 2020 (part 1)

We asked you all (and a lot of bands) to tell us about a song that was helping them through the ups and downs of 2020 along with a photo of themselves. Here's the first volume. Let us know in the comments what question you want to ask for the next series! "Chris here, singer of Starwolf. The song that has helped me ...