The Decemberists at 80/35

The end of a music festival is always a bittersweet time. All the good times are coming to an end and you have to go back to your day job or whatever on Monday. What better way to close it out than with the sublime music of The Decemberists? It was the band’s first stop in Des Moines in 13 years, and they quickly made … Continue reading The Decemberists at 80/35

The Decemberists-What A Terrible World, What A Wonderful World

A while back I heard “Make You Better,” the lead single off The Decemberists latest record, and thought “Well, you had a great run.” The song just left me completely cold. For the first time I actually thought about just skipping a Decemberists record all together. But, as a long-time fan, Colin Meloy’s siren song was too much and I crashed into What A Terrible … Continue reading The Decemberists-What A Terrible World, What A Wonderful World

The Antlers-Burst Apart Album Review

┬áIn 2009 The Antlers released their debut LP as a group, Hospice. Somehow, beyond my grasp, it went completely under my radar. I eventually got a copy in the summer of 2010 based on a review I had read. The album is mesmerizing. It plays like a waking nightmare at times, where you aren’t sure what you’re seeing or hearing is real. The track “Bear” … Continue reading The Antlers-Burst Apart Album Review