Pygmalion Festival – Day Two (Dirty Projectors / Best Coast / Lord Huron / Tennis / Hospitality / Hundred Waters)

Date October 5, 2012

One of the great things about this year of Pygmalion Music Festival is that since it was condensed to three days instead of the normal four days (or five, the case of ’10), the festival organizers were able to fit a ton more of amazing bands into one night, all killer no filler if you [...]

Summer (Or What It Sounds Like) Vol. 3

Date May 24, 2012

(photo by gege.gatt) After taking its sweet time last year, summer has struck back with a vengeance. At least here in the midwest, 90+ degree temperatures and clear, sunny skies are quickly becoming the norm. Of course, with summertime not only comes trips to the beach and increased slushie sales but exuberant, feel-good summer jams. As is [...]

Commercial Watch: New Pornographers, Caribou, Best Coast, Those Darlins + more

Date July 14, 2011

It’s time for the annual Summer Edition of Commercial Watch, where I again highlight some of the songs that those marketing folks are harvesting for mass consumption. Since I realize most of you are the Hulu / DVR / next-day-on-youtube type, you’ve probably been blissfully unaware of the indie-savvy beer, car, and shoe ads that [...]

MP3: The Go! Team – Buy Nothing Day (feat. Bethany Cosentino)

Date February 2, 2011

This song feels appropriate today since basically all businesses are closed due to the massive snownami happening right now (my town got nearly two feet!). It’s also on an album called Rolling Blackouts which pretty aptly describes the power outage situation facing thousands of people in the midwest today. Even more important though, “Buy Nothing [...]

musicforants.com’s Best Songs of 2010

Date December 16, 2010

(photo by cubagallery) Best songs of the year is typically the most difficult list to make but also the most rewarding. There’s nothing more indicative of a year in music then it’s greatest songs, and evident from the tracks listed below, I’d venture to say 2010 was a pretty great year. To add some perspective [...]

’10 Covers Mix

Date November 4, 2010

We here at musicforants.com are big fans of cover songs and while versions of classic songs are all fine and dandy, sometimes I wonder if we really need another Springsteen, Dylan, or MJ cover?  Much of the time, I think it’s more interesting (and instantly gratifying) to hear an artist do their rendition of a song that was just released months or even days prior. Whether [...]