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My Top 10 Albums

A few months ago, my boyfriend Jason and I were at my mom’s house for dinner, and found ourselves in a discussion of the top ten albums of all time. Obviously we each had our own ideas about which 25-minute-or-longer musical artifacts hold the most significance, and it ended up being a really interesting conversation.…

BOY Blossoms on We Were Here

BOY‘s debut album Mutual Friends (2011) had me hooked at first listen. “Skin” was the first song I learned to play on the guitar, and the voices of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass were the first I heard on the main stage at First Avenue. They’re kind of my absolute favorites. As such, I was thrilled to hear that their…

Album Review: Strange Trails by Lord Huron

Today I bring you Lord Huron, an indie/folk/Americana group that started with one guy in Michigan (hence the name) several years ago. Ben Schneider’s around-the-campfire style was brought to life in Lonesome Dreams, the group’s first full-length album released in 2012.  I hadn’t heard of Lord Huron until “The Stranger” shuffled into my life on an indie playlist. The song…

Album of the week: Imagine Dragons’ Smoke + Mirrors

Yesterday Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons released their second album, Smoke + Mirrors. Sophomore records tend to be flops, especially when a band’s first album is so good. 2012’s Night Visions gave us such hits as “Demons,” “Radioactive” and “It’s Time.” As such, I was doubtful that the group would produce another killer album, let alone one that is perhaps better than the…