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[REVIEW] The Highwomen – The Highwomen

Yeah I want a house with a crowded tableAnd a place by the fire for everyoneLet us take on the world while we’re young and ableAnd bring us back together when the day is done Review by Jason Gonulsen Eight years ago, I met Amanda Shires in St. Louis. She had just finished her set … Read more

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[ALBUM REVIEW] Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Broken mirror and my hand starts to bleed Wish I could explain but it hurts to breathe Didn’t fit in my chest so I wore it on my sleeve We disappear, we fade away I’m divorced. And while I haven’t given up on love, I’ve taken a break, if that’s at all possible. At least … Read more

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Album Review | Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack

The perfect place may never exist may never exist Hard to believe, but it’s been eight years since Frightened Rabbit released The Midnight Organ Fight, an album I religiously blasted for a good four or five months. I still know every word to songs like “The Modern Leper,” “Poke,” “Good Arms vs Bad Arms,” “Keep … Read more

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[ALBUM REVIEW] Lucius – Good Grief

I am lost in my own home I am lost While I don’t consider myself a full-blown music critic, I do like writing about how songs and albums make me feel, and Lucius’ first album, Wildewoman, was an emotional grand slam. Songs like “Two of Us on the Run” and “Go Home” didn’t need a … Read more

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Album Review | Adele – 25

Let me photograph you in this light In case it is the last time That we might be exactly like we were Before we realized We were sad of getting old It made us restless I’m so mad I’m getting old It makes me reckless Adele calls 25 her make-up album, but there is no … Read more

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Album Review | CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES is the kind of live performer who doesn’t smile nor frown; if I had to pick one emotion, it would be that she looks rather pissed off. And on Every Open Eye, this kind of attitude is hard for me to ignore — it’s not indifference I hear in hear voice, … Read more

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Album Review | Patty Griffin – Servant of Love

Patty Griffin is back with Servant of Love, an album that touches on many genres — jazz, folk, rock, blues — but what it does best is evoke feeling, one of hypnotic bliss. She accomplishes this mostly with her words and voice, as she always has, but there are other subtle touches that shoot through … Read more

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Album Review | Meg Myers – Sorry

Meg Myers says she’s sorry — she even screams it during the title track — but there really is no need to apologize. Myers is one of the most talented and passionate artists on the rise today, and her debut full-length, Sorry, doesn’t disappoint. It opens with one of its best songs, “Motel,” which incorporates … Read more

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Album Review | Ryan Adams – 1989

Tossing, turning, struggled through the night with someone new And I could go on and on, on and on Lantern burning, flickering in my mind for only you But you are still gone, gone I was a hater. Not of Ryan Adams, but of Taylor Swift — and I was the worst kind: I hated … Read more

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Album Review | Neil Young – The Monsanto Years

Written by Jason Gonulsen “It’s a bad day to do nothing,” Neil Young sings on The Monsanto Years’ opening track and best song, “A New Day For Love.” The rock ‘n’ roll icon’s band could be mistaken here for Crazy Horse, but it’s Promise of the Real, which consists of Lukas and Micah Nelson (sons … Read more

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Kopecky – Drug For The Modern Age | Album Review

Yea if we’re gonna grow up we’ll do it in our own way But if we’re gonna die young we’ll try to live with our mistakes Ah, growing older and living with our mistakes. They say life is full of second chances, but sometimes you only get one shot. One shot with poor timing — … Read more

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Album Review | My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

Among the living Among the living again I didn’t think I’d make it In 2011, I stood in the back of the pit at Bonnaroo, excited to experience My Morning Jacket for the first time. It was more than I ever could have imagined. The details of the set meant everything to me — the … Read more

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Album Review | Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Should I tear my eyes out now? Everything I see returns to you somehow Should I tear my heart out now? Everything I feel returns to you somehow Growing up, I wanted things. I wanted a basketball and a hoop in my own driveway. I wanted a stereo system with power. I wanted CDs, I … Read more

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Album Review | Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

If you wanna live the good life Well you better stay away from the limelight Houndmouth is back with their sophomore effort, Little Neon Limelight. Here are Jason Gonulsen’s thoughts, track-by-track style. “Sedona” First thing I think of when I hear the word “Sedona” is a bunch of those people who make way more money … Read more

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Album Review | Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

“Let them roll over me when I doubt you,” Brandi Carlile sings on “The Things I Regret,” one of the standout tracks on her latest release, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. The album follows a familiar formula that will please most fans: smart, strong songwriting (“The Eye”) and gorgeous vocals (“I Belong To You”). But if you’ve … Read more

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Album Review | The Lone Bellow – Then Came The Morning

Sophomore albums are almost always dangerous territory. Because, you know, can it ever be the same? Should it? This is especially true for bands like The Lone Bellow, who exploded in 2013 with an undeniably great and emotional song, “You Never Need Nobody.” Basically, they were producing harmonies better than anyone else. Their introduction left … Read more

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Album Review | Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

“How long do I have here with you?” sings Ryan Adams on “Shadows,” a dark, tortured gem that could have fit on Love Is Hell, right after “Please Do Not Let Me Go.” This might not be an album filled with “slow, adult shit,” but I assure you, we haven’t exactly exploded into a honeymoon … Read more

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Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

“I need you to be afraid of nothing,” Sharon Van Etten sings on “Afraid of Nothing,” the opening track from her latest album, Are We There. Later, she repeats the sentiment differently: “I can’t wait ’til we’re afraid of nothing.” But, will we ever get to that place? Her words on many of these songs … Read more

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Album Review | Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

I lost my dream I lost my reason all again Somewhere in the dark, Angel Olsen created these songs about the ghosts of wasted time, forgiveness, and a lonesome land shoulder-to-shoulder without a guarantee in sight. “Unfucktheworld” opens the demolition with an honest cry: “I am the only one now / You may not be … Read more

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Album Review | Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Easy come, easy go Easy left me a long time ago “You gotta know you’ll never let her go,” Eddie Vedder sings. “She’s a lightning bolt.” Of course, that’s on the title track, a song that reaffirms Vedder’s never-ending youth as a vocalist — the man just doesn’t slow down. We’re hit soundly from the … Read more

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Album Review | Lissie – Back To Forever

I can’t demand shit I got nothing but mounting debt and fear It becomes apparent early on during “Further Away (Romance Police),” the second track on Back To Forever: someone broke Lissie’s heart, and it wasn’t pretty. The singer-songwriter from Rock Island, Illinois has released her sophomore album and a quick listen would indeed point to a … Read more

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Album Review | Saint Rich – Beyond The Drone

Do you ever wonder what your favorite singers were like in high school? Two things you should know: One, I’m from St. Louis, and the question that defines a St. Louisan is “What high school did you go to?” (Not answering that); Two, I was in band from sixth through twelfth grade. Most of my … Read more

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Album Review | HAIM – Days Are Gone

HAIM might as well be the new word for hype, as Danielle, Este, and Alana — the Haim sisters –have picked up roaring (and deserved) accolades, starting with the release of “Forever” and “Don’t Save Me” in 2012, and continuing with “Falling” and “The Wire” in 2013, the latter which begins similarly to The Eagles’ … Read more

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Album Review | San Fermin – San Fermin

San Fermin is one of those almost impossible albums to review.  I could talk about it for hours, but I’ve now begun the writing process for this review five times, pleading to *insert your god here* for divine intervention or, in the least, a muse-ish jolt of creativity to perfectly encapsulate my feelings for this … Read more

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Album Review | The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars

Joy Williams recently told the Associated Press, “If you want to know what happened to the band, listen to the album.” The album is The Civil Wars, the sophomore self-titled release by Williams and John Paul White, a duo, who, as you might have read, are not currently on speaking terms. The language used by … Read more

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Album Review | Jason Isbell – Southeastern

I’ve heard love songs make a Georgia man cry On the shoulder of somebody’s Saturday night Read the good book, studied it, too But nothing prepared me for living with you “Did we leave our love behind?” Jason Isbell asks on “Flying Over Water,” one of Southeastern’s electric and finest moments. This is mostly a … Read more