SOTD: ‘Transatlanticism’ by Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie is no stranger to emotional music, and if you’re in search of some rip-your-heart-out levels of pain today, you’ve come to the right place. You can tell how good a band is by the quality of their longest songs. If you can produce an epic, 7+ minute track, you can do just about anything. For the same reason that “23” made … Continue reading SOTD: ‘Transatlanticism’ by Death Cab for Cutie

Playlist: Sleeper

The sun is setting. There’s a chill in the air. Your eyelids are getting heavy. No, we’re not trying to hypnotize you. We’re just failing at yet another introduction. WAKE UP. Okay, now that you’re alert, bring it back down with this, the ultimate lull-yourself-to-sleep playlist. Don’t worry, it’s not all lullabies and ukulele praise band campfire songs. There’s some good stuff in here. Not … Continue reading Playlist: Sleeper

Mike Shinoda releases two songs, announces album

Rejoice, Mike Shinoda fans. We’re getting an album. The Linkin Park rapper/singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist announced this morning that he’ll be following up January’s Post Traumatic EP with a 16-track LP by the same name, to be released June 15. The announcement came with the release of his first single, “Crossing A Line,” as well as another song off the album, “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore.” Both arrive with music videos, … Continue reading Mike Shinoda releases two songs, announces album

SOTD: ‘Sovereign Light Café’ by Keane

It’s never fun when one of your favorite bands goes on hiatus. Can you believe the last time Keane put out an LP was in 2012? That’s six Keane-less years*. Six. No wonder the world is messed up. Our collective life soundtrack is missing that classic blend of somber and uplifting beauty brought by these sincerely underrated British alt rockers. Am I saying that Keane is responsible … Continue reading SOTD: ‘Sovereign Light Café’ by Keane

SOTD: ‘Gravity’ by Coldplay

I’m looking out the window of my bedroom on this dreary afternoon, greeted by grey skies and the occasional drizzle. It’s cold. I could turn on the heat, but I choose not to. Sometimes you want to shiver. There’s a lot of honesty that comes from gloomy days. Something about the weather makes us dig deep inside ourselves and pull out emotions we’ve kept hidden, … Continue reading SOTD: ‘Gravity’ by Coldplay

Playlist: Love

Love is either one of two things: terrible or wonderful. I lean on the side of terrible, but for those who are more optimistic about life, I have a playlist for you. Filled with dozens of heart-fluttering tracks, this Love playlist will be the perfect soundrack for thinking about your significant other (or the crush you’ve been failing to secretly stalk since the 3rd grade). … Continue reading Playlist: Love

Kodaline return with pop-infused anthem ‘Follow Your Fire’

Irish alternative rock band Kodaline are stepping back into the spotlight with the release of their latest single, “Follow Your Fire.” It’s been three years since the release of their second LP, Coming Up for Air, and as much as we loved and appreciated the I Wouldn’t Be EP back in October, it wasn’t enough. It’s never enough when it comes to Kodaline. Each track the group produces … Continue reading Kodaline return with pop-infused anthem ‘Follow Your Fire’

An argument for Calvin Harris – Top 10 songs (a birthday tribute)

“But Nicole, this is an alternative music blog. I feel like you’re not getting the ~essence~ of consistent branding or how important it is that we keep guitars in music.” I don’t care. I’m throwing the rules out on this one. I’ll admit it: I love Calvin Harris. Not everything he does, but a lot of it. And it’s his birthday, so happy birthday, you … Continue reading An argument for Calvin Harris – Top 10 songs (a birthday tribute)