Andy Shauf: The Bearer of Bad News

• 2015/02/03 • Tender Loving Empire • Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock • Hometown Heroes |*Drink My Rivers* | I’m Not Falling Asleep | Your Out Wasting | Jesus, She’s A Good Girl He lights his cigarette and says, “man these things will kill me someday,” raises his glass and says, “here’s to hoping.” — “Hometown Hero” From the moment one…

Pinkshinyultrablast: Everything Else Matters

• 2015/01/27 • Club AC360 • Shoegaze, Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock • Wish We Were | Holy Forest | *Umi* | Ravestar Supreme | Marigold Pinkshinyultrablast’s name might be the only thing holding back this band. While the name isn’t easy to explain “everything else [that] matters” absolutely is. Their uptempo shoegaze sound plays in constant motion as if it…

Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

• 2015/01/20 • Matador • Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock • *Nobody’s Empire* | Allie | The Party Line | The Power of Three | Enter Sylvia Plath | Ever Had A Little Faith? “Don’t dance on the lights because the bears eat the pretty ones.” — “The Party Line” Usually more subdue, Belle and Sebastian come out of the blocks looking for a dance. These…

Punch Brothers: The Phosphorescent Blues

• 2015/01/27 • Nonesuch • Indie Folk, Bluegrass • Familiarity | *Julep* | I Blew It Off | My Oh My | Forgotten | Little Lights “She brought the sugar and the mint and he brought the whiskey … heaven’s a julep on the porch.” — “Julep” Chris Thile is impressive, the Punch Brothers are impressive, they continue to create…

The Decemberists: What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

• 2015/01/20 • Capitol • Indie Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock • The Singer Addresses His Audience | *Make You Better* | Lake Song | The Wrong Year | A Beginning Song “Set the ghost of your two footprints, that they might haunt me when you’re gone.” — “Lake Song” I think the Decemberists are getting to the point where you assume they…

2014: Top 30 Songs of the Year (11-20)

A list of the top 30 (favorite) albums enjoyed over the past 12 months. Take a peek and a listen in case you missed any. Hope you found something to love in 2014. (Albums compiled and placed alphabetically by Jason) “Shattered & Hollow” · First Aid Kit Stay Gold [Columbia] “F***mylife666” · Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues [Red…