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Review: Beirut’s “No No No”

Review: Beirut’s “No No No”

 Beirut, arguably one of the most instrumentally bold bands in recent years, have returned after a four-year break since their last album, dropping a collection of songs that sway more towards the realm of piano-pop than the grandiose Balkan-influenced folk that garnered them acclaim earlier in their career (see: 2007’s The Flying Club Cup). While […]

Alabama Shakes in Indianapolis

Alabama Shakes in Indianapolis

Alabama Shakes performed  at the Farm Bureau Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis Tuesday evening with opener Father John Misty as part of the WTTS (92.3 FM) “Rock on the River” series. The venue is a perfect setting for summer concerts, featuring the Indianapolis cityscape in as a backdrop and the natural beauty […]

Wilco at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati

Wilco at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati

Wilco stopped by Cincinnati on May 5th as part of their 20th anniversary tour. The show featured a 30 song career-spanning set, including songs from almost every album the band has released. Taking the stage at around 9:15, Wilco played their final song two and half hours later, leaving the stage only briefly for two encore breaks. Between […]

Sufjan Stevens at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis

Sufjan Stevens at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis

Sufjan Stevens stopped by the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis on Saturday in support of his new album Carrie & Lowell. The tour features mostly music from the new album, as well as some classic tunes, and marks a return to a sound most fans of Stevens are familiar with. Stevens is known for his fanfare during live shows.  His […]

Review: Dead Sara’s “Pleasure to Meet You”

Review: Dead Sara’s “Pleasure to Meet You”

Fun fact: No one in Dead Sara is named Sara. And no one in Dead Sara is dead. Weird name, right? Inaccurate name aside, I was a huge fan of their 2012 debut album. Dead Sara’s strength lies in their energy and intensity, which their debut had in spades. Fortunately, Pleasure to Meet You does […]

Review: “Carrie and Lowell” by Sufjan Stevens

Review: “Carrie and Lowell” by Sufjan Stevens

Ah, Sufjan Stevens. Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out the correct pronunciation of your name. On this, Stevens’s seventh studio album, he has produced a deeply melancholic, acoustic-driven collection of songs. Lyrically, Carrie & Lowell is acutely personal, revolving around themes of loss, forgiveness, and regret. The main overarching theme of the album […]

Review: Big Sean’s “Dark Sky Paradise”

Review: Big Sean’s “Dark Sky Paradise”

After his second sub par studio album Hall Of Fame, it appeared that we had seen exactly what Big Sean was destined to be: another young artist who feasts off of radio singles and gimicky hooks…it couldn’t be so. Kanye West obviously saw something in his new apprentice. And, after listening to the deluxe version […]

Ian Sayres Revisits his Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2014

Ian Sayres Revisits his Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2014

2014 seemed like a quiet year in Hip-Hop.  A lack of releases by big name artists like Drake, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar left the charts open for the lesser known underground artists to make a name for themselves. Promising young emcees walked into the game with numerous major label debuts alongside a few seasoned […]

Darian Bolin’s Top 10 of 2014: Albums

Darian Bolin’s Top 10 of 2014: Albums

2014 was an interesting  year for music. Weezer and Weird Al made grand comebacks, Taylor Swift became the only platinum-selling album of the year, classic albums like Funeral by Arcade Fire and Weezer’s Blue Album turned ten years old and twenty years old, respectively, and The Wrens announced that they finally finished their 12-years-in-the-making 4th […]

Review: The Decemberists’ “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”

Review: The Decemberists’ “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”

It’s good to have you back, Decemberists. Their last album, 2011’s The King Is Dead, was in many ways very un-Decemberists, but it had its moments. Now, with What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, The Decemberists have found a way to mesh the folksy narrative elements of their older material while retaining the […]

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