Music Nerd: Sharon Van Etten and The Antlers

Are We There by Sharon Van Etten This album marks the first time I’ve really taken notice of Sharon Van Etten. I have heard her music before, and her previous album, Tramp, was produced by Aaron Dessner of my beloved The National. For whatever reason, her music just hadn’t clicked. That all changed when I […]

Music Nerd: Emotive Frontmen Edition

Singles by Future Islands   I felt particularly let down by the internet when I discovered Future Islands through, of all things, a performance on David Letterman’s show (that, granted, I then watched on the internet, but still). Here I thought I was on the cutting edge! My nerd-offense aside, good for them. They went […]

Music Nerd: The Political Gets Personal

Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me! I was a big fan of Against Me! when I was younger, and they were too. Their first couple albums meant a lot to me, and then I sort of lost touch with them as I grew older (and they grew more “mainstream” but, gosh, that’s a can of […]

Music Nerd: Two New Releases

St Vincent by St Vincent also available on Hoopla After 2012’s excellent Love This Giant with the inimitable David Byrne, I was very excited to see where Annie Clark was headed next, musically. The influence of that collaboration is definitely evident here, some of the synth basslines even echoing the funky horns of that record. […]

Music Nerd: (Mostly) Instrumental Picks

Rave Tapes by Mogwai also available on Hoopla Mogwai are not a band who reinvent themselves with every album; each one is more of a continued refinement of their particular mostly-instrumental post-rock sound than a radical departure. For me, their albums are distinguished more by their overall mood. The mood established here, by opening track […]