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Scott Branson
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Scott writes, plays music, and teaches literature in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Monday, July 16 2012

“It’s Kind of Funny What We Do”: Life on the Road with Sleepy Sun

San Francisco’s Sleepy Sun tells how the loss of a vocalist made the band stronger and more secure on their new record that aims straight for the spine.


Tuesday, October 16 2012

Night Moves: Colored Emotions

Minneapolis trio debuts its glam take on Americana.

Tuesday, October 9 2012

Tame Impala: Lonerism

Tame Impala follow up their successful debut with songs of persistent devotion, turning the heavy-lidded repetition at their sonic core into a warming psychedelic mantra.

Thursday, August 16 2012

Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound: Manzanita

Manzanita is workmanlike spacerock, good but heavy-lidded, and ineluctably middle of the road.

Monday, August 6 2012

Thieving Irons: Behold, This Dreamer!

Nate Martinez makes a mature album to compliment the dreamer of the title: lush and atmospheric, but also timeless and formless.

Wednesday, July 18 2012

Grass Widow: Internal Logic

On their self-released third album, San Francisco’s Grass Widow fully realizes their haunting relentless sound, comprised of two main elements: pretty, folky harmonies and jerky, trebly post-punk instrumentation.

Liars: WIXIW [6.Jun.12]
Moon Duo: Mazes [12.Apr.11]
NYMPH: NYMPH [8.Nov.10]
Glasser: Ring [11.Oct.10]
Dwarr: Animals [23.Sep.10]
Turzi: B [6.Jun.10]


Wednesday, December 12 2012

Bubbling Under the Top 75: Sharon Van Etten - 'Tramp'

PopMatters spotlights a few additional 2012 albums that didn't quite crack the Best 75 list.

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