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Wednesday, April 15 2015

Villagers: Darling Arithmetic

The addition of a full musical ensemble has done little to alter Villagers’ sound, what with the lush, ethereal arrangements, the lonely reminiscing and reflection, and the hushed gaze that pervades these pieces overall.

Tuesday, April 14 2015

Pigeons - “Two Years on Land” (audio) (Premiere)

The Austerlitz, New York indie rock group Pigeons describes their dreamy tune "Two Years on Land" as "fluorescent in an intoxication of color".

Calexico: Edge of the Sun

Seeds of experimentation and collaboration planted long ago bear some of the best fruit of Calexico's long career.

Thursday, April 9 2015

Lord Huron: Strange Trails

Bringing a broader instrumental palette, more cinematic in scope than their debut, Lord Huron aims high and largely succeeds.

Wednesday, April 8 2015

The Mountain Goats: Beat the Champ

The Mountain Goats follow up albums about divorce, heartbreak, and scripture with one about professional wrestling.

Monday, April 6 2015

Fact and Fiction: The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on Wrestling and the Creative Process

The prolific songwriter and now acclaimed author John Darnielle tells PopMatters how he created his wrestling-themed album Beat the Champ, what he calls the Mountain Goats' "most musically interesting record by a country mile".

Friday, April 3 2015

Pocket Panda - “There You Go” (audio) (Premiere)

The latest tune by the Seattle band Pocket Panda, "There You Go", brings to mind the music of Ben Howard, albeit with a rock-oriented sound.

Ryley Walker: Primrose Green

A headphone trip for the ages, Primrose Green is a diaphanous tapestry that envelops our musical history.

Tuesday, March 31 2015

The Staves with Justin Vernon - “Make It Holy (Live at Wilton’s Music Hall)” (video)

Angelic vocal harmonies and a wintry mood make the Staves' "Make It Holy" a stunner of a live track.

Monday, March 30 2015

Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

Nearly five years after his last studio effort, Sufjan Stevens brings us a quiet meditation on grief.

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