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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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...