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Houndmouth

Monday, November 9, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Houndmouth’s second LP, Little Neon Limelight, was released back in March, but I’m (shamefully) just now giving the album its due attention. Having heard lead track “Sedona” a number of times on the local college station over the last few months, I kept making a mental note to get the record…and then promptly forgetting that mental note up until the moment I heard the song again. (It’s been a vicious cycle, and apparently I’m easily distracted.)

Now that I’ve finally listened to all of Little Neon Limelight, while I still like toe-tappable heartiness of “Sedona” – and other tracks like “Say It” and “My Cousin Greg” – the loose, lazier-tempo’ed “Honey Slider” is really the song that stands out for me, as a seemingly whiskey-drenched piece of slow Americana goodness.

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The Staves

Monday, November 2, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

English-sister-trio The Staves sound likes what my brain thinks would happen if you mashed Bon Iver and Haim into a single musical experience. Vocally synchronizing and harmonizing with a precision that I suspect is born of being both familial and familiar, the ladies play prettily with the dreamier side of folk-rock. Their second album, If I Was, came out earlier this year.

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Adele

Monday, October 26, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Adele’s been out of earshot for a few years, almost ever since her album 21 exploded all over radios worldwide and she won herself an Oscar for the theme song of the (fantastic) James Bond film Skyfall.

But, mercifully, she is now back with a new single, and a new album, 25, due out on November 20th.

Admittedly, her voice is flat-out technically impressive - rich and powerful, with great range – but I think the thing that makes her songs so addictively heartbreaking is how convincingly she sings them. She throws every bit of anguish or regret or scorn a vocalist could possibly muster into her performances, leaving listeners with an impression of authenticity that is rarely achieved by many pop stars.

If you haven’t been playing it on repeat already, have a listen to Adele’s new tune below:

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EL VY

Monday, October 19, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Matt Berninger (that magical baritone voice at the heart of The National) and Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls/formerly of Menomena) have teamed up for a new project, EL VY. When the new duo was announced in August with the first single, “Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo),” I couldn’t have hit ‘Play’ fast enough and was instantly enamored. Partly because I’d gleefully listen to Matt Berninger sing almost-literally anything, but also largely because I find the new pairing of his rich but frill-less, often subdued vocals with the bouncy, varied, frequently experimental instrumentation supplied by Knopf to be fun and a charming departure from how I’m used to hearing Matt’s voice used. If The National works because Berninger’s vocals nestle and entwine perfectly with the band’s sound, this project works because there’s a complimentary contrast that keeps things interesting. EL VY’s debut album is due out at the end of October. Listen to a few of their tunes below:

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Also, Beach House sneak-attacked fans with a second new album in less than two months with the release of Thank Your Lucky Stars last week…and with my initial listen, I’m finding the record to be the perfect shade of melancholy.

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City and Colour

Monday, October 12, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Willfully and atmospherically moody, the latest from City and Colour, If I Should Go Before You, features some intoxicatingly bluesy rock tracks, built on well-played guitar and powered by the evocative quality of Dallas Green’s vocals.

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