Christopher Laird is a teacher and a writer from Alton, Illinois. His hobbies include writing and teaching and playing floor hockey. Find him on Twitter: @SeaLairdPop
Chuck Palahniuk has lived some amazing stories while he has written his much-consumed stories. As we're lead to believe, anyway.
Toronto indie band, Ducks Unlimited find jangly joy on their buzzy debut EP titled, ironically enough, Get Bleak.
Electronic artist Steve Hauschildt has made one of his most challenging records with Nonlin, but that makes it one of the most rewarding.
Day built his everything on top of Prince's everything, and it's no secret. In his memoir, On Time, he channels the superstar to enjoyable effect.
Like most of the world right now, the members of Comet Gain seem to have a knot in their stomach that they're trying to break loose. As such, they've created their most punk effort yet with Fireraisers Forever!
Alexa Rose has created some timeless Americana songs on her new album. They're truly medicine for living, as all the best songs are wont to be.
Lloyd Cole goes electropop on his latest album Guesswork, and it offers a new palette of sounds that deepen the impact of his wordy ramblings.
Scholar Qiana Whitted's EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest explores a different path in EC Comic's history: their work with social justice stories and the resulting censorship in 1950s America.
Warren Defever was crafting drones is his home in his pre-teens. This first of three His Name Is Alive archival releases compiles those recordings.
How Much Longer Must I Wait?: Singles and Rarities 1965-1972 is exactly as its titles claims, and its quality makes it even harder to understand how such a powerful talent like Lee Moses could have slipped from sight undetected.
Waveshaper Media's Electronic Voyages: Early Moog Recordings 1964-1969 is designed to highlight the exploration and playfulness of the early Moog practitioners.
The dive bars of Nashville inspire indie rocker Alex Lahey on her sophomore record, The Best of Luck Club.
Chris Cohen's self-titled third solo album is as unassuming as it gets, yet it is unequivocally quality work by an extraordinarily skilled artist. Plus there are sax solos.
Strand of Oaks' new album Eraserland is going directly for the stomach. It's about career worries. It's about aging. Basically, it's about all the insecurities.
Kevin Elkin Henthorn of Cape Francis is the indie rock everyman, and he made a record with Deep Water that many will feel in their bones.
Helium, Homeshake's fourth album is a further exploration of Peter Sagar's inner musings, and it may be his most honest record, as it sounds lonelier and smaller than any Homeshake LP to date.
Danny Goldberg's In Search of The Lost Chord: 1967 and The Hippie Idea resonates with today's activist readers.
Jay Som and Justus Proffit join forces on Nothing's Changed, a low pressure collaboration worthy of a listen.
Animal Companionship is indie pop artist Advance Base's most cohesive and accomplished work yet.
Dance on the Blacktop is not a new Nothing, it's just Nothing in new clothes, and it is probably a Smashing Pumpkins T-shirt.