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The 35 Best Albums of 2014

We hope you’re enjoying our Best Of lists for 2014. Let’s refresh what we’ve posted so far: — The 20 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2014  — The 150 Best Songs of 2014 Today, we’re excited to reveal another list: The 35 Best Albums of 2014. What this really means is that these were our favorites (ie, … Read more

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Forecastle Festival Day Three Photo Recap | Beck, The Replacements, Jenny Lewis, Sharon Van Etten, Nickel Creek, Lucius, Sun Kil Moon, Hayes Carll, The Weeks, Reignwolf, Matrimony

Jenny Lewis at Forecastle | All photos by Jason Gonulsen The final day of the 2014 Forecastle Festival was packed with some heavy hitters, including Beck, The Replacements, and Jenny Lewis. Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day jammed with Paul Westerberg and The Replacements, while Reignwolf rocked like no other all weekend. Please enjoy these … 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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Contest | Win Tickets to Sharon Van Etten at The Firebird

Photo by Dusdin Condren Let us escape for a nightBreathe the silence.I am aloneBut I am alone in this room with you. Sharon Van Etten released Tramp in February, which will soon be released as a deluxe edition, and while it’s certainly a demanding, emotional listen, it’s well worth your precious time. Van Etten just … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Sharon Van Etten – Give Out

Photo by Dusdin Condren You’re the reason why I’ll move to the city You’re why I’ll need to leave When the stakes are high, and things eventually bottom out, we’re left with reality. We’re left with songs like Sharon Van Etten’s “Give Out,” taken from her latest album, Tramp, and you won’t find a song … 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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Video | Sharon Van Etten Performs “Love More” at Bonnaroo

Don’t get me wrong, Thursday at Bonnaroo was a good time. Best Coast, Wavves, Freelance Whales, Hayes Carll, and Sleigh Bells all rocked their respective tents. But, I was really looking forward to Friday morning, when Sharon Van Etten was scheduled to perform at the Which Stage, which is the second largest platform at Bonnaroo. … Read more

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part Two

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Today, we continue on with paragraphical odes to our favorite albums of 2010. To see the entire list so far, go here! Best Coast | Crazy For You (Mexican Summer) [buy] Surf. Garage. Indie. Motown. ’50s pop. Grunge. Lo-fi. Fuzz. Doo-wop. Roll up all of these genres together in equal portions, … Read more

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Pajammy Jam of the Day | Sharon Van Etten – Love More

Photo Credit: Allison Kaye  Guess what? I’ve got another awesome, sad tune for ya. Autumn makes me this way. The air gets crisp, the days grow shorter, and my mind often settles in on songs with deep meaning. I’m pretty sure I’ll always be this way. Sharon Van Etten’s music is new to my … Read more