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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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Sleeping At Last

Monday, August 10, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

I spent almost the entire weekend listening to Sleeping At Last. The enduring, extensive, and exquisite recording project of Ryan O’Neal, Sleeping At Last has crafted and manipulated the moods in a multitude of cinematographic scenes, being featured frequently in television and film (including a Grey’s Anatomy commissioned album of cover songs for use on the show). Featuring composition that is relentlessly elegant, and so frequently moving, both Ryan’s strictly instrumental and more traditional ballad works are soothing and graceful without fail. Some of my favorites from this weekend are below, spanning several years of Ryan’s discography.

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Unrelated: Just this morning, Beach House released two new preview tracks from their upcoming album Depression Cherry…though you have to get to them through the tricky new single finder on their website. Still, potentially worth investigating if you’ve enjoyed the duo’s past albums as much as I have.

Diamond Rugs

Monday, July 20, 2015 | by Dennis Brandt

Diamond Rugs’ second release is a “must listen” and an “inevitably own.” The band is sort of an anti-super group, with John McCauley and Robbie Crowell on guitar and keyboard respectively (each members of Rhode Island’s Deer Tick). The band also consists of Ian Saint Pé of the Black Lips, along with Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite.  The band plays a trashy but accessible style of alt country and blues.  The sophomore album starts with “Voodoo Doll” – a great bluesy guitar introduction accompanied with Berlin’s saxophone before going into a story of a woman stalking the protagonist of the song (John McCauley).  This album is perfect for fans of Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, and Deer Tick. I also highly recommend Diamond Rugs self-titled first release as well.

Key Tracks: “Live and Shout it,” “Killin’ Time,” “Ain’t Religion,” and “Blame.”

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My Morning Jacket

Monday, May 18, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Released a few weeks ago, The Waterfall is the seventh studio album from Kentucky’s own My Morning Jacket. While still in the early stages of my rigorous album-assessment process, my first impression is one of respect, both for the record’s production precision, and for the fact that, seven-albums-in, there are still moments/transitions that feel new. The semi-titular track is the early stand-out for me, but I’m also quite fond of the lead-in “Believe (Nobody Knows)” and near-album’s-end “Tropics (Erase Traces).”

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X Ambassadors

Monday, March 23, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Confession: Yes, I did fall in love with this week’s song while watching a Jeep commercial. But I’m not sorry.

Beginning with its invitation to “run away with me,” and remaining on themes of free-spirited adventure and going forth without fear, X Ambassador’s single “Renegades” feels to me like a fantastic call-to-action following a restless, snow-bound winter: spring is finally here, time to start exploring!

Steady and straightforward – both in lyrics and beat – “Renegades” will be a fantastic addition to my pre-excursion playlist.

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