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Stories by Ryan Brower

The People's Key

Bright Eyes’ fourth album starts and ends with the voice of Randy Brewer, an old country singer who frontman Connor Oberst met while on his travels. Brewer's commanding tone opens the album discussing physics, Hitler, ...

Maximum Balloon

Maximum Balloon’s lead single “Tiger” is used in a video for an Esquire UK photo shoot with British beauty Daisy Lowe. Its beat is easy and the well-paced horn riffs and synth pulse keep the ...

Expo 86 by Wolf Parade

Synthesizer guru Hadji Bakara could not join Wolf Parade for their third album, Expo 86: "Hadji Bakara's brain got so big that he accidentally got accepted into the University of Chicago to pursue a doctorate ...


The Black Keys' new full-length, their seventh in eight years, is a collection of ballsy blues-rock that punches you gut level. No duo on earth plays louder than Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. Authoritative drums ...

Beheading of the Song Bird

With beguiling rhythms and building-block layers, Oceanside-based band the Drowning Men stand out from the indie-rock pack. Over pure punk and Irish folk and through tasteful use of voice, drums, organ, guitar, accompanied by the ...

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