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Evan Maines (StateBirds) Bears His Soul On ‘Here and Not’

Here and Not is a title of juxtaposed extremes, one that conjures the spiritual reality of "already and not yet." It's the feeling of ephemera, of mono no aware. It's the sense that most of the constants in life and most of the things we were promised are fleeting facades. On his first proper solo release, Evan Maines ...

Anna Von Hausswolff mesmerizes with the gloomy and poignant pipe organ album All Thoughts Fly

When I heard about the possibility of reviewing an album that was exclusively recorded on a pipe organ in Germany, I jumped at the opportunity. I'm a Getz. I grew up in a home where organ was deeply appreciated. My dad used to play the organ, and I can remember many car rides with him as a kid where he'd put on his Bach CD ...

Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension

There's something odd about the opening synth line on "Video Game," eerily reminiscent of Rick Astley's famous "Never Gonna Give You Up." Sufjan Stevens thankfully isn't rickrolling us for 80 minutes straight on his latest release, but any hint of commercialism is whisked away on this track as Stevens rescinds his allegiance ...

Glass Cassette night drive yields unexpected results

Jonathan Hape is one of the most prolific musicians in the Columbus scene, probably the Midwest. Yet, still few know who he is. I could bother to list his projects here, but I won't. My mind is still spinning from the experience I just had listening to his newest release—a downtempo inspired instrumental compilation ...

The DIY Ethos of Sean McVerry’s Death of the Golden Boy

If there's one way I'd describe Sean McVerry's debut album, Death of the Golden Boy, it'd be "personality." What that personality entails cannot be described in such gnomic fashion. Indeed, an album with little proper press, with its title announced shortly before hitting the public, is not conventional marketing. McVerry ...

Homeplate – Derby City

Indie Vision Music, one of my favorite music blogs, have been been quietly releasing music via their own imprint. This has been happening much more quietly than label founder Brandon Jones would prefer, however releases such as Homeplate's Derby City show that they won't be unnoticed for much longer. Homeplate is a fun ...

DOWNER INC – Whatever This Is (EP Review)

Vocalist Kellin Quinn (from Sleeping with Sirens) has finally released his long-awaited six-song EP, Whatever This Is, under the solo-project moniker of Downer Inc. Listeners will be drawn into Quinn's psyche as he combines his familiar vocal projections with emotions about current events and the future. “Ground ...