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Album Review: Julien Baker, “Sprained Ankle”

Creating a synthesis between things as distant as darkness and light is a tall order. Yet somehow, Julien Baker manages to pull it off.

In her debut album, “Sprained Ankle,” Julien is honest and poetic. Read more >>

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Album Review: Bear’s Den, “Red Earth & Pouring Rain”

In the three years since Bear’s Den started releasing music, the British folk/rock duo has found its way into the headphones of hipsters worldwide. Now the band is back for more with their much-anticipated record “Red Earth & Pouring Rain”—and they did not disappoint. Read more >>

New Release: Nieves, “Roughcast/Dove”

Listening to Nieves has always made me want to find my closest friends and hug them tight. There’s a deep sorrow that pervades their music, a mortality that weighs on every line. You may never feel the value of life and love so much as when you listen to “Straight Line” (perhaps the finest piece the Glasgow-based indie rock band has produced).

Nieves’ new double A-side single, “Roughcast/Dove” (released on July 6), continues to showcase their talent for heart-wrenching anthems. Read more >>

Album Review: Darlingside, “Birds Say”

I discovered Darlingside about three years ago, and fell instantly in love with their sound. From their first EP, I recognized a clarity of expression and unity of voice which I have seldom found in similar folk groups. They take their name from their own creative process: letting go of their own personal (darling) ideas and subjecting them to the group dynamic. Read more >>

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