Category: Albums

Favorite Albums of 2018: Marmozets – ‘Knowing What You Know Now’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Marmozets – ‘Knowing What You Know Now’

Knowing What You Know Now has the perfect star, and an epic ending. Beginning with an in your face, “1 2 3 PLAY, frontwoman Becca McIntyre’s vocals are on point throughout Marmozets’ sophomore effort. The band have had a fantastic year with some great slots during the UK festival season and a sell-out headline gig at London’s Kentish Town Forum. […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Lucy Dacus – ‘Historian’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Lucy Dacus – ‘Historian’

2018 has been an incredible year for Lucy Dacus, who earlier this year collaborated with Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers under the moniker boygenius to release one of this year’s most incredible EPs. Her own solo album, Historian, is similarly a remarkable feat. The record is not merely a personal account of the 23-year old singer-songwriter’s life, but how the world has […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Leon Bridges – ‘Good Thing’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Leon Bridges – ‘Good Thing’

Leon Bridges released Good Thing as a follow up to 2015’s Coming Home. We hear a nice evolution from the Fort Worth, TX native. On this album he had help from producer Ricky Reed, (Twenty One Pilots, Halsey, Meghan Trainor and Maroon 5). Bridges’ debut album was pure 60s soul and we see a nice evolution which crosses between retro […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Lala Lala – ‘The Lamb’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Lala Lala – ‘The Lamb’

The Lamb by Lala Lala Can an album simultaneously charm and devastate? In the case of Lillie Smith and her solo project Lala Lala‘s sophomore album, The Lamb, the answer is an emphatic yes. The record is a multi-dimensional exploration of both the human spirit and music that aims to crush souls. The quiet yet emotionally powerful grunge ballad “Moth” is […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Kurt Vile – ‘Bottle It In’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Kurt Vile – ‘Bottle It In’

Kurt Vile released Bottle It In a couple of months ago. Maybe the album name is because it’s been a while since his last solo album (2015’s b’lieve i’m goin… down). It also seems like he has a lot to say yet all without revealing too much. One of the endearing things about Kurt Vile is that it’s almost like […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Khruangbin – ‘Con Todo El Mundo’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Khruangbin – ‘Con Todo El Mundo’

Con Todo El Mundo (N & S America Edition) by Khruangbin For nearly fifteen years, Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar), and Donald “DJ” Johnson (drums) have been perfecting their instrumental psychedelia as Khruangbin. However, their music isn’t solely based on the psych-rock that emerged in the late ’60s and ’70s and has taken on a ferocious approach in modern times. They […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Julia Holter – ‘Aviary’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Julia Holter – ‘Aviary’

Aviary by Julia Holter Julia Holter’s discography is quite diverse. It includes bedroom recordings; gorgeous, huge arrangements; and the unconventional and experimental. One trait, though, is constant – she always crafts amazing and moving music. Aviary is an incredible addition to that discography. From its opening moments of “Turn The Light On”, Holter creates an overwhelming whirlwind of sound that […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: The Joy Formidable – ‘AAARTH’

Favorite Albums of 2018: The Joy Formidable – ‘AAARTH’

AAARTH by The Joy Formidable The Joy Formidable have been an absolute force of nature since their first LP, The Big Roar. Crunched-up guitars and in-your-face vocals from frontwoman Ritzy Bryan and the hard hitting rhythm section of bassist Rhydian Dafydd and drummer Matt Thomas define the Welsh band’s distinct sound. In 2018, they released perhaps their hardest hitting record […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Idles – ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Idles – ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’

Joy as an Act of Resistance. by IDLES Arguably one of the hottest bands around at the moment, punk rock act Idles left little over a year between the release of their critically acclaimed debut album and their second LP, Joy as an Act of Resistance. The politically-charged album is full of anger throughout, echoing the confusion the times where […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Iceage – ‘Beyondless’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Iceage – ‘Beyondless’

In their early days, Danish post-punk quartet Iceage were a furious and hard band. Their initial releases were filled with teenage angst, but their third album, Plowing Into the Field of Love, revealed a change in tone and approach. It represented a band maturing and whose perceptions grew to account for the world as a whole and away from the […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: IAN SWEET – Crush Crusher

Favorite Albums of 2018: IAN SWEET – Crush Crusher

Crush Crusher by IAN SWEET Ian Sweet’s Crush Crusher is a heavy record in many ways. From its distorted guitar work to its blunt, personal lyrics, Jillian Medford has created a record with a lot of meaning and feeling behind it. After dropping her bandmates and working on this album solo, Medford found a sound that she likely wouldn’t have […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Hop Along – ‘Bark Your Head Off, Dog’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Hop Along – ‘Bark Your Head Off, Dog’

Bark Your Head Off, Dog by Hop Along Hop Along may be the best rock band in the game right now. Their 2015 record, Painted Shut, was one of that year’s best, and their 2018 record, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, may be even better. Frontwoman Frances Quinlan’s voice is undeniably powerful, especially backed by her band of Mark Quinlan, […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018:  Haggard Cat – ‘Challenger’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Haggard Cat – ‘Challenger’

Challenger by Haggard Cat Probably not the album to listen to if you fancy something a little bit chilled, the two former Heck bandmates team up again to make Haggard Cat‘s riotous new LP, Challenger. Although it isn’t perfect, it’s bloody fun to listen to! The ten heavy rock tracks are relatively short, contributing to a total record run time […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Gregory Alan Isakov – ‘Evening Machines’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Gregory Alan Isakov – ‘Evening Machines’

Evening Machines by Gregory Alan Isakov Gregory Alan Isakov – he of the golden voice and soothing, ambient folk music – was probably a lighthouse in his former life. Nothing else explains how his music cuts through the din of life’s distracting darkness and helps lead listeners to a place of calm. His 2013 album, The Weatherman, is still the […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Glen Hansard – ‘Between Two Shores’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Glen Hansard – ‘Between Two Shores’

Glen Hansard is built a reputation as a hopeless romantic. This isn’t to say his focus is solely on the emotions of the heart, but rather that he finds optimism in even the darkest moments and lessons can be learned even in heartbreak. This explains why fans from as far as Australia and those on both sides of the pond […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Gabby’s World – ‘Beast on Beast’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Gabby’s World – ‘Beast on Beast’

Beast on Beast by GABBY’S WORLD Gabrielle Smith’s music has always been personal no matter what her project is named. Even with a fairly long list of contributors – ranging from her usual band of keyboardist/guitarist Oliver Kalb (Bellows), bassist Jack Greenleaf (Sharpless) and drummer Felix Walworth (Told Slant) as well as contributions from Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Greta Kline […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: First Aid Kit – ‘Ruins’

Favorite Albums of 2018: First Aid Kit – ‘Ruins’

First Aid Kit released Ruins earlier this year – actually at the beginning of the year. This might be the first time we’ve included a favorite album and a favorite EP by the same artist/band. Tender Offerings is also one of our favorite EPs. Ruins is a beautiful release by the Swedish duo of sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg. The […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Fickle Friends – ‘You Are Someone Else’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Fickle Friends – ‘You Are Someone Else’

Fickle Friends released their debut album,You Are Someone Else, this year, and the band from Brighton created one irresistible, upbeat, synth-pop compilation. This record is your immediate go to for needing an instant lift, as each track successfully forces you to want to move. You Are Someone Else kicks off with the perfect opener, “Wake Me Up”. It builds, becomes […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Emma Ruth Rundle – ‘On Dark Horses’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Emma Ruth Rundle – ‘On Dark Horses’

Emma Ruth Rundle‘s last album, Marked for Death, was a sonic and emotional catharsis that continues to tremble walls and souls. It is Rundle’s masterpiece and one of the great records of not just 2016 but this decade. Trying to follow up a generational LP is a challenging endeavor that many before have fallen short, but Rundle matches MfD‘s fervor […]

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Favorite Albums of 2018: Devon Church – ‘We Are Inextricable’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Devon Church – ‘We Are Inextricable’

We Are Inextricable by Devon Church For fifteen years, Devon Church plied his craft as one half of the ambient-electronic outfit EXITMUSIC. Rarely did he assume the position as the person with the mic, but he did orchestrate much of the duo’s cinematic soundscapes. Following his and Aleksa Palladino’s announcement they getting a divorce and, thus, bringing an end to […]

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