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 [...]

Welcome to “Towns and Cities Mix”, Population 16.

Date May 20, 2011

I tend to gravitate towards artists that sing about geography, whether it’s Sufjan Stevens with his states project, The Mountain Goats with their various geographic odes, or The Rural Alberta Advantage’s dedication to their Hometowns. This week Bon Iver released the first track, “Calgary” to his excellent new album Bon Iver, Bon Iver, which triggered [...]

Album Art Lover: Look-Alikes

Date January 6, 2011

One of my best albums I’ve heard so far is Cape Dory, a nautical-obsessed indie pop album by Colorado husband-and-wife duo Tennis. The unique album cover is a near-exact replica of a vintage album cover by Lisa Hartman (the band apparently collects ’70s-’80s female pop artist vinyl just for the cover art). This got me [...]