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Music Thirst: Local Natives “Hummingbird” early contender for album of the year

Wow! I have not been able to stop listening to the Local Natives “Hummingbird” since they released it in late January. Truly great music is enjoyed more as you listen more and some great music takes multiple listens to start enjoying, but not so with this record. First listen I was hooked. You  & I […]

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Best Albums of 2012

Now is the time of the year where I listen through all of the albums Steve McCoy recommends that I missed over the year. Do yourself a favor and go checkout Steve’s list of 2012′s best albums. So far I was stoked to find: Alt-J: An Awesome Wave Lost in the Trees: A Church That […]

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Weekly Music Thirst: Wye Oak – Civilian

I have a soft spot in my heart for 2 person bands, Wye Oak certainly does the configuration proud. Most every 2 person band I know uses loops in some way for bass, keys and other instrumentation, but Wye Oak’s drummer, Andy Stack, thinks 1 hand is plenty to play the drums and uses the […]

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Music Review: Luke Parker – “Home”

When I opened up the Music Review Submission form here on ORS I was hopeful, maybe not optimistic, but hopeful about the mini flood of music that came through. Boy was I relieved and excited to hear New Zealand singer/songwriter Luke Parker. His album Home is a stripped down acoustic EP with beautifully simple production […]

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Review: “Grace” Eleven Songs by Joe Day

For those not familiar with Joe Day and his music, this album is the perfect welcome. Grace is a collection of 11 of the best songs from this Seattle songwriter and Mars Hill worship leader. If you follow the worship music coming out of Mars Hill you may recognize many of these songs as they […]

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Review: John Mark McMillan – “The Medicine”

UPDATE: Re-published today for the re-release I’ve been listening to The Medicine for a couple weeks solid. I don’t like doing first impression reviews because most of the time my favorite songs end up being those that took a while to grow on me. My ears start hearing things on the 10th listen that I […]

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Review: “All the Bright Lights” album

I don’t often get excited for instrumental/ambient records, but then again I don’t often(ever) hear those records made by guys with this kind of creative rock sensibility. This southern ambi-rock band dubbed All The Bright Lights consists of James Duke, Jon Duke and Jacob Arnold, two brothers and a good friend. The self titled album […]

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Review: Megafaun and Bon Iver at Mesa Arts Center

Wow. I’ve been to a lot of shows, but for many reasons this show was one of the best I’ve seen. First off we should talk about the venue. Mesa Arts Center is absolutely beautiful and the room sounds incredible…no I mean it, incredible! Not to mention the fact that we were right in front, […]

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