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The 8 Best Moments of Forecastle Festival 2015

PHOTO BY JASON GONULSEN We’re all in this together. I mentioned this last year, but it’s so, so true. We’re in it together to endure the heat index, which reached a stifling and relentless peak on Sunday. To escape the 60 mph winds and approaching rain, which cut Sam Smith’s stellar set short and made … Read more

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Jam of the Day | First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining

Photo by Neil Krug What is it that makes First Aid Kit so able to make such gorgeous Laurel Canyon flavored folk rock? Is it being from Sweden? I will be from Sweden, then, because “My Silver Lining”, the first single from upcoming second LP Stay Gold, is thoroughly, lushly beautiful. The harmonies that make … Read more

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The 100 Best Albums of 2012

Vinyl, CD, MP3, Spotify, etc. Take your pick, bust most of us around here prefer vinyl whenever possible, only because when we listen to a song like Brandi Carlile’s “Hard Way Home,” we can really feel it via our turntables. What’s important, though, is that you find music that suits you. And here are the … Read more

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The 100 Best Songs of 2012

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Well, here we are again. To say we’ve listened to every release in 2012 would be a lie. We probably haven’t even listened to every genre. But, still, we feel lists are important because of discovery, and not because of what we think is best, or what you think is better. … Read more

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Photo Gallery | 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival

All Photos by Nate Burrell This is the second post of a two-part series covering the 2012 Austin City Limits music festival. The first post was a recap of the festival, and can be found here. Above and below are various shots of the festival taken by Nate Burrell (www.beforetheblink.com). Please check his site in … Read more

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Album Review | First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

The Lion’s Roar album art courtesy of Wichita Recordings Speakers Rating: 85/100 Sisters Söderberg, Johanna and Klara of Sweden’s First Aid Kit, bowled over critics, music lovers, and esteemed colleagues alike with the release of their folkie debut LP, The Big Black and The Blue, back in 2010. The effort was easily one of our … Read more

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Jam of the Day | First Aid Kit – Emmylou

First Aid Kit’s 2010’s debut, The Big Black and the Blue was chillingly intimate, feeling somehow like the female yin to the mansculine yang of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago. And keeping with that comparison, their new album, The Lion’s Roar, mirrors Justin Vernon’s eponymous second album by adding a full band and completely expanding … Read more

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Our 25 Most Anticipated Albums (Quarter One)

Album art for The Big Pink’s upcoming Future This Wow. 2011 was a helluva year for music. But, then again, so was 2010. Today, we feel ready to begin it all again (on our second birthday, no less!) with a batch of new records coming our way in January, February, and March. Here’s the 25 … Read more

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part Four

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Well, this wraps it up, folks. If you want to see the entire list of Best Albums of 2010 (all fifty of ’em), click thisaway. Thanks very much for playing. Dom | Sun Bronzed Greek Gods (Burning Mill) [buy] Dom’s Sun Bronzed Greek Gods is built like a rock-solid soundtrack for a … Read more

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The Best Songs of 2010 | 75 – 51

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Check out songs 100 – 76 here! 75 Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) All of the members of the multi-musicianed Arcade Fire are clearly critical to the band’s immense sound and stunning performances. With “Sprawl II,” however, Regine Chassagne rises above the collective and shines in this astoundingly … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | First Aid Kit – Hard Believer

Sweden has long been bringing its A-game when it comes to musical exports. Now following the lead of other satisfying Swede acts like The Tallest Man on Earth, Shout Out Louds, and The Knife, comes the sisterly duo of First Aid Kit. Klara and Johanna Soderberg play wise-beyond-their-years, country-tinged pop. They look not a day … Read more