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Sophomore Album Grapples With Emotion

Sophomore Album Grapples With Emotion

Florence Welch, the redheaded waif who fronts Florence + the Machine, brings her otherworldly sound from Lungsstraight into the depths of the ocean for Ceremonials. She cites death by drowning as the inspiration for her second album, which is evident in lyrics like “A thousand miles onto the sea bed / I[Read More…]

by October 28, 2011 0 comments The Guide
Indie Singer’s Diamond Darkened by Troubles

Indie Singer’s Diamond Darkened by Troubles

My Brightest Diamond, the project of musician Shara Worden, has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments that would make any indie singer-songwriter green with envy. Her newly released third album All Things Will Unwind is a collaboration with six-piece chamber group Music and proves to be a successful experiment in[Read More…]

by October 21, 2011 0 comments The Guide
Somber Alt-Rocker Smolders With Passion

Somber Alt-Rocker Smolders With Passion

With Ryan Adams’ 13th studio album, Ashes and Fire, the only fire that listeners will encounter is the slow and steady burn of flames in a cozy fireplace. Adams has returned to the most basic forms of music and has presented an album dominated by stripped-down acoustic songs. Ashes and Fire is[Read More…]

by October 14, 2011 0 comments The Guide
Indie Soloist Shines Brightly in Fourth Album

Indie Soloist Shines Brightly in Fourth Album

While the name Leslie Feist may not ring any bells for many listeners, her music certainly will.  Performing under the mononym Feist, she released her first album, 2007’sThe Reminder, to near-universal critical acclaim. It garnered that praise for its mellow, bubble-gum singles, especially the infectious “1234” (also known as, “that song from the iPod Nano commercials”).[Read More…]

by September 30, 2011 0 comments The Guide
Ride the “Chillwave” with Newcomer Neon Indian

Ride the “Chillwave” with Newcomer Neon Indian

After the promising debut album Psychic Chasms came out in 2009, Neon Indian received much praise from popular music website Pitchfork. This approval, along with the growing popularity of other “chillwave” musicians, led to the widespread blogosphere debate of the legitimacy of this new genre. Alan Palomo, the Mexican-born, Texas-raised[Read More…]

by September 9, 2011 0 comments The Guide

No Big Hits on Khalifa’s Newest Album

Displeasure and shock will overcome fans who remember Wiz Khalifa from Burn After Rolling andKush & Orange Juice. After signing with Atlantic Records, Khalifa has seemingly adopted a pop persona, flooding his tracks with cooing choruses and melodic vocals. In a nutshell, veteran Khalifa listeners will accuse him of “selling out.” But[Read More…]

by March 25, 2011 0 comments The Guide

Popular Punk Rockers Rise Once Again

by March 18, 2011 0 comments The Guide
Family of Texas Rockers Depresses With Latest Album

Family of Texas Rockers Depresses With Latest Album

Texan clan of indie-rockers, Eisley, released its third studio-length album, The Valley, through Equal Vision Records. This album will be the band’s first in four years, following 2007’s acclaimed Combinations, and the first to be released under the Albany, NY-based record label, following the band’s departure from Reprise.   During this interim[Read More…]

by March 3, 2011 0 comments The Guide

Eye-Opening Experimental Indie

In a recent Billboard interview about his band’s newest album The People’s Key, coming out Feb. 15, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst said, “I was really burnt out on that rootsy Americana shit. So I tried to steer clear of that,” Oberst’s trio achieves their goal of changing things up[Read More…]

by February 11, 2011 0 comments The Guide

New Releases // 1.20.11

“I Won’t Give Up” Jason Mraz // Untitled 5 stars Jason Mraz is back with this melodic ode that love that conquers all. This mostly acoustic song relies on the strength of Mraz’s tenor and the poetry of his lyrics, which soar to a finish that will leave you with tears in your eyes. “Tattoo” Van Halen // A[Read More…]

by January 20, 2011 0 comments The Guide