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  • 6 years ago

    In 2007, Dallas native Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, released Marry Me — a cute, promising debut that highlighted her sometimes dark, sometimes deep, optimistic voice and a knack for some slight guitar shredding. Actor is something altoge...

  • 6 years ago

    It's still quite shocking that Grizzly Bear's debut, Yellow House, caused the commotion it did. The Brooklyn four-piece was clearly adept at exploring harmonies that intermingled within fairly odd, acoustic-backed arrangements — but instead ...

  • 6 years ago

    Smarty-pants Colin Meloy has yet once again topped his prior output, this time bringing his Portland group Decemberists to bear on a 17-song concept album. People will no doubt label this a "rock opera," but Meloy is actually drawing more from the...

  • 6 years ago

    Following his recent success with Zooey Deschanel partnership She & Him, M. Ward continues his path down the AM Gold aesthetic with Hold Time, his sixth proper record. A hallmark of Ward's sound is a very timeless feel that, productionwise, could ...

  • 6 years ago

    Animal Collective's ninth record, named after a Maryland concert venue, is grounded in the Floydian tradition of creepy, spooky psychedelia, but the product of modern-day studio trickery — resulting in the most bombastically cohesive album t...

  • 7 years ago

    In both her physical worlds and her musical worlds, Jolie Holland has always been a bit of a drifter. A Houston native who spent awhile in the Bay Area, she recently packed up and headed east for Brooklyn and, in the process, tweaked her sound tow...