Vampire Weekend is Back with “Capricorn” and “Gen-X Cops”

For a long time, I deliberately avoided Vampire Weekend. I had my reasons, unfair as they were. From a distance, they seemed like the incarnation of every dream that went to East Nashville to die. They were a group of young Ivy League white guys with big shirts and no record label, cool because a […]

Share the Nostalgia of Ben Shive’s “Here It Was”

A few years ago, I started noticing something that made me laugh. I was sitting in a coffee shop in midmorning, doing my best not to eavesdrop. But some people are loud talkers, bless their hearts. The group across from me was being entertained by one such person. He was telling a story as I […]

Mon Rovîa’s “City On A Hill” Is Its Own World

Our truest moments – the ones that are pure, unadulterated living – are those that engage all the senses. If I ask you to recall a barefoot walk through mown grass, chances are your memory can bring you back to one with ease, right down among the details. You know where you were, and how […]

The Best Songs of 2023 (that You Probably Missed)

This is a tad late, I know. We’re a few weeks into the new year, enough time to make it feel like 2023 was a different time during which you were a different person. You went to the gym less and spent more time on social media back then. You meditate now, and take ice […]

George David’s “Chequers” is a Deliberate Story

There’s a fine line between being deliberate and being slow. You shouldn’t have to reach too far into your experience to know what I mean by “slow.” The DMV is slow; Monday mornings are slow; your 10th grade math class was slow. Slow things take more time than is their due: one might say they’re […]

KASIA’s “Great (or Happy)” is Full of (Real) Life

I’ve lived in Nashville for six years now. I’ve never known a place like it. Music is built into the architecture, growing in the landscape, vibrating in the air. It’s a magical place where your favorite artists are your friends and birthday parties are jam sessions. I’m writing this from a coffee shop two blocks […]

How to Play House Shows: A Quick Guide

The other week, I asked you what you wanted me to write about. Pretty much everybody who replied said something about house shows. So consider this the house show post. Good news: I spent all morning reading, cleaning my apartment, doing laundry, and eating a breakfast of mostly fruit. The stars have aligned, and to […]

The Hard-won Joy of Gabrielle Grace’s “Lost Somebody Else”

Sad songs sell well. The modern cultural algorithm (and don’t get me started on the TikTok one) have latched onto a critical aspect of human nature: in a sickening way, it can feel good to be sad. Our art reflects what we love, and humans love to wallow. I’m hypothesizing here, but I think the […]

Why Does Music Exist? And Why Do We Love It So Much?

I’m writing this from a coffee shop in Nashville. The playlist that the baristas have been playing has taken me on an emotional rollercoaster. In the last 20 minutes, we’ve gone from Zac Brown’s “Chicken Fried” to Billie Eilish’s “when the party’s over.” I think they’re playing Counting Crows now, but I can’t be sure […]

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