SOTW: Sea Creatures

WEEK 8 Sea Creatures artist: SOAK album: Before We Forget How To Dream Full of paradoxes, listening to this is as refreshing as floating in a calm body of water, but that body of water is the ocean. Undulating saltwater waves just comforting enough for you to close your eyes, if you dare, but still too cold to…

SOTD: Fig in Leather

Tuesday, Nov. 1 Fig in Leather artist: Devendra Banhart album: Ape in Pink Marble Nine studio albums on the wall, and this one is new and delightful and yet still just as characteristic Devendra Banhart as the rest. He throws in a traditional Japanese instrument with some groovy samba, narrates a funny story, and makes us…

SOTD: Around

Thursday, Oct. 13 Around artist: My bubba album: Big Bad Good Imagine if First Aid Kit decided to sound more like Jack Johnson or early Ingrid Michaelson, but sans ukulele. Here comes My bubba, two Scandinavian gals with their easy-going acoustic simplicity, lyrical poetry, and lo-fi charm.

Album Review: 22, A Million

Bon Iver — 22, A Million (2016) The return of Bon Iver! Some would say that the beloved indie folk band never left. Since the release of Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011), Justin Vernon has found himself on all corners of the music scene, releasing an album with Volcano Choir (the fantastic Repave (2013)) and collaborating…

Album Review: Fools

Wild Child — Fools (2015) Pleasant, catchy, and incredibly satisfying. Now three albums in and seven musicians deep, this Austin-based outfit has proven that its “indie darlings” status is no transient title. With Fools (2015), Wild Child builds on the infectious “indie-pop yet folksy but we reject labels” sound of Pillow Talk (2011) and The Runaround (2013) while also…