Matt Kivel: Days of Being Wild

• 2014/07/08 • Woodsist • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk • The First Time | *Underwater* | A Couple Hours | Insignificance | You and I Only “See you at the edge of night.” — “Insignificance” A member of the band Princeton, Matt Kivel, plays indie folk that leans pop/rock. He is equal parts flour, sugar, Say Hi, Zach Rogue, with a pinch of Vernon’s falsetto. Matt Kivel

Luluc: Passerby

• 2014/07/15 • Subpop • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk • Small Window | Passerby | Winter is Passing | *Tangled Heart* | Reverie on Norfolk Street “Oh, the trees without their leaves, tap each other in the cold breeze, it’s an ominous sound.” — “Winter is Passing” As with many albums what draws me in at first is a band’s cover art, the…

Joseph: Native Dreamer Kin

• 2014/03/12 • Joseph • Indie Folk, Indie Pop • *Cloudline* | Wind | Come in Close | Lifted Away | Not Mine | Gold “Will those hands and those words, find that calm and steady pace enough to no let it slip away?” — “Not Mine” First saw this group randomly in a small bar outside of…

First Aid Kit: Stay Gold

• 2014/06/10 • Columbia • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk • My Silver Lining | Master Pretender | Stay Gold | Cedar Lane | *Shattered & Hollow* | The Bell  “Oh, I wish for once, I could stay gold.” — “Stay Gold” The Soderberg sister duo have come back and if you can believe this after the beauty and wonderful album, Lion’s…

Conor Oberst: Upside Down Mountain

• 2014/05/19 • Nonesuch • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter • Time Forgot | Zigzagging Toward the Light | Hundreds of Ways | *Artifact #1* | Enola Gay | Double Life | Desert Island Questionnaire “I hope I am forgotten when I die.” — “Hundreds of Ways” My favorite Conor Oberst album (Bright Eyes aside) thus far. The lyrics are thoughtful, insightful, and…

Sharon Van Etten: Are We There

• 2014/05/27 • Jagjaguwar • Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk • Afraid of Nothing | Your Love is Killing Me | *Our Love* | Tarifa | You Know Me Well | Every Time the Sun Comes Up “I can’t wait til we’re afraid of nothing” — “Afraid of Nothing” Sharon Van Etten would make an excellent school teacher if nothing else…

Richard Buckner: Bloomed

“This isn’t a goodbye letter, this is should I be here at all” [Merge Records] • 2014/03/18, remastered (1994) • Style: Country, Folk, Singer/Songwriter L&M Picks:  Blue and Wonder | Mud* | This Is Where Bloomed, Buckner’s debut, remastered for us more recent fans. I cannot help but envision someone playing their guitar quietly in a dark bar in the Midwest. Nothing fancy…