Album Review: Blitzen Trapper – Wild and Reckless

By Devon Hannan, Editorial Director [LKC; 2017] Rating: 3.5/10 Key Tracks: “Joanna”, “Dance With Me” Ever since leaving Sub Pop, Blitzen Trapper has been producing high quality southern dad rock. (And no, that’s not really a compliment.) The Portland band hit the folk scene with force with Wild Mountain Nation. They then exceeded those expectations…

Group Feature: Our Favorite Spooky Tunes

Jon Fuchs, Music Director: The Fog by John Carpenter There’s no denying that John Carpenter is one of the masters of horror (just look at his own Twitter handle). He’s also an underrated pioneer of both film scores and the electronic genre as a whole, with several excellent horror film scores under his belt, from…

Movie Review: Rebel in the Rye

By Devon Hannan, Editorial Director [West Madison Entertainment; 2017] Rating: 2/10 How many times are movie directors going to try to get around J.D. Salinger’s impossible rights to The Catcher in the Rye? Obviously at least one more, because this pile of garbage is coming in hot and steamy. There is a reason that Salinger…

Album Review: Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

By Devon Hannan, Editorial Director [Sargent House; 2017] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “The Culling”, “Twin Fawn”, “Two Spirit” Chelsea Wolfe’s transformation shifted from an initially gothic neofolk sound to a madhouse of weighty ethereal hardcore. While this change was long awaited and, frankly, not that surprising, it is Wolfe’s execution that makes Hiss Spun so…

Group Feature: Our Back-to-School Playlist

We’re a month into the semester and already a few days into fall – back-to-school time moves quickly. There are classes, work, and endless introductions to be made. Keeping up with it all is daunting, but we’ve got some tunes to help you hold it together. Here are our picks to bring in the new…

Album Review: Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up

By Devon Hannan, Editorial Director [Nonesuch; 2017] Rating: 9.5/10 Key Tracks: “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” “Fool’s Errand,” “Crack-Up” Fleet Foxes’ essence of grace and unadulterated beauty is never dull in a world that seems to have everything but (*ahem* Father John Misty). And while the world doesn’t revolve around one single being (*AHEM* Father…

TV Review: Twin Peaks: The Return – Parts 1 and 2

By Devon Hannan, Editorial Director [Lynch/Frost; 2017] Rating: 8.5/10 Warning: Major spoilers ahead (duh). That gum you like has just come back in style. In the final episode of the cult classic television series, Twin Peaks, Laura Palmer speaks the words, “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” Like clockwork, David Lynch, the mastermind behind…

Album Review: Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

By Devon Hannan, Features Editor [Sub Pop; 2017] Rating: 5.5/10 Key Tracks: “Total Entertainment Forever,” “Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution,” “Two Wildly Different Perspectives” Pure Comedy comes as no surprise; It’s a caricature of modern society, swarming with political and anti-capitalist motives all while being incredibly nihilist. In other…

Album Review: Nana Grizol – Ursa Minor

By Devon Hannan, Features Editor [Orange Twin; 2017] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Photos from When We Were Young,” “TV Song,” “Window” The catchiest folk-punk band is back with their first LP in seven years (it’s about time). Ursa Minor bursts with optimism at each and every corner. Nana Grizol has taken the time to formulate one of…

Album Review: Laura Marling – Semper Femina

By Devon Hannan, Features Editor [More Alarming; 2017] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Wild Fire,” “Nouel,” “Nothing, Not Nearly” “Always a woman” is the literal translation of “Semper Femina.” In Laura Marling’s sixth studio album, the folk artist absorbs the beauties and interpersonal experiences among women with every line she writes. Marling’s brilliance radiates through well-developed…