Valerie C.

I want to be wrapped up in all of my band shirts and cremated when I die. Throw in all my iPods for good measure.
Album ReviewsALBUM REVIEW: “Arrow” by Heartless Bastards
February 15. 2012 | By Valerie C.

ALBUM REVIEW: “Arrow” by Heartless Bastards

It’s serendipitous that a band named Heartless Bastards, would be releasing an album on Valentines day of all days, but these bastards are liars, because they’re all heart.

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Album ReviewsALBUM REVIEW: “Animal Joy” by Shearwater
February 15. 2012 | By Valerie C.

ALBUM REVIEW: “Animal Joy” by Shearwater

In this age of overly produced, sonic hissed-out, auto-tuned to death, electro-fill in the blank music, Animal Joy is a “joyful” collection of something different.

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Album ReviewsALBUM REVIEW: “Tramp” by Sharon Van Etten
February 07. 2012 | By Valerie C.

ALBUM REVIEW: “Tramp” by Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten’s talent as a songsmith provides a comforting place for us to get lost. From beginning to end and back again.

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DiscoveryHEAR THIS: The Lumineers
December 20. 2011 | By Valerie C.

HEAR THIS: The Lumineers

Folky deliciousness and soulful, heartfelt simple lyrics describe The Lumineers.

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Album ReviewsALBUM REVIEW: “Parallax” by Atlas Sound
November 08. 2011 | By Valerie C.

ALBUM REVIEW: “Parallax” by Atlas Sound

Parallax, his latest release under the Atlas Sound moniker, may be his most crystalline work to date.

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Album ReviewsALBUM REVIEW: “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” by M83
October 18. 2011 | By Valerie C.

ALBUM REVIEW: “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” by M83

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming can feel like a long abstract dream and at other times like individual dream vignettes. What lovely, joyful dreams.

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DiscoveryFROM ACROSS THE POND: Scott Matthews
October 11. 2011 | By Valerie C.

FROM ACROSS THE POND: Scott Matthews

Scott Matthews: I’m not even going to cheapen his work with words. Just close your eyes and listen. Or don’t. Since this is a video.

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Album ReviewsALBUM REVIEW: “Chesapeake” by Rachael Yamagata
October 10. 2011 | By Valerie C.

ALBUM REVIEW: “Chesapeake” by Rachael Yamagata

At the heart of Rachael Yamagata’s craft is a willingness to bear her soul through her songwriting.

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