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By Casey Hicks On Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

King Creosote & Michael Johnston: The Bound of the Red Deer

King Creosote & Michael Johnston The Bound of the Red Deer (Independent Release) The collaboration between Scotland’s King Creosote (Kenny Anderson) and Canada’s Michael Johnston is billed as “a decade-long More...

By Casey Hicks On Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Field Mouse: Episodic

Field Mouse Episodic (Topshelf Records) If Weezer were fronted by Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino, the resulting band might sound like Field Mouse. Episodic is a breezy, brief record filled with sunny guitar rock, More...

By Casey Hicks On Monday, September 19th, 2016

Blind Pilot: And Then Like Lions

Blind Pilot And Then Like Lions (ATO Records) Despite having a dark name, Portland’s Blind Pilot crafts beautiful, delicate folk music. It’s been five years since their last release, but the band has poured More...

By Casey Hicks On Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Lisa Hannigan: At Swim

Lisa Hannigan At Swim (ATO Records) After a period of time off and writer’s block, Irish singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan has returned with an album so cohesive that she makes it look effortless. At Swim seems More...

By Casey Hicks On Friday, September 9th, 2016

Angel Olsen: My Woman

Angel Olsen My Woman (Jagjaguwar) Angel Olsen’s latest album is one of the most buzzed-about records of the year, and with good reason. “I just want to be alive, make something real,” she declares on opening More...

By Casey Hicks On Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Biffy Clyro: Ellipsis

Biffy Clyro Ellipsis (14th Floor Records) “We have achieved so much more than you possibly thought we could,” Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil croons on “Wolves of Winter.” As far as opening tracks go, More...

By Casey Hicks On Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Blood Orange: Freetown Sound

Blood Orange Freetown Sound (Domino Recording Co Ltd) Freetown Sound may have a timeless sound, but it is a record that could only be made today. Devonté Hynes, who performs under the moniker Blood Orange, More...

By Casey Hicks On Monday, August 15th, 2016

The Avett Brothers: True Sadness

The Avett Brothers True Sadness (American Recordings/Republic Records) North Carolina folk rockers have spent ages and albums establishing themselves as ones to watch on the scene. With True Sadness The Avett More...

By Casey Hicks On Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Bat for Lashes: The Bride

Bat for Lashes The Bride (Parlophone Records) The concept album has earned a somewhat cheesy reputation, but English songstress Natasha Khan’s The Bride is an accomplishment in storytelling. The eponymous bride More...

By Casey Hicks On Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Minor Victories: Minor Victories

Minor Victories Minor Victories (Fat Possum) As far as indie collectives go, Minor Victories has tapped talent from some of the UK’s most interesting groups. Justin Lockey of Editors connected first with Rachel More...