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Lilly Higgs
Lilly Higgs

How Big, How Bold, How Beautiful - Florence and the Machine

March 28, 2016 | Music

Even years after the triumphant Ceremonials, you couldn’t turn a stone over without hearing the soulful sound of Florence Welch belting out Dog Days one more time. It was rise of flower crowns and fire dances, and always brings to me images of the wide Australian sky filled with fading sparks. Still, it’s been four years since then, and after letting the Marina and the Diamonds of the world have a bit of the spotlight, autumn goddess Florence returns in a wave of crisp leaves and soaring vocals.…

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Lilly Higgs
Lilly Higgs

Music Monday - Bon Iver - Bon Iver

February 26, 2016 | Music

In a pretty open contrast to last week’s review, today’s album feels very autumny to me! There’s something about the gentle plucking of acoustic guitar strings and the warm lull of brass always makes me think of orange leaves and cold concrete. Let’s flip the lid on this album! The self-titled album is not frontman Justin Vernon’s first foray into music. The second album of Vernon’s solo project sought to be a departure from his previous work, so he brought in collaborators from different backgr…

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Crosley Radio
Lilly Higgs
Lilly Higgs

Music Monday - Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls

February 26, 2016 | Music

Sometimes you need a dose of new old-school rock. My dad always says you can’t paint a house to anything but rock n’ roll. (We painted my first apartment to Queen, if that gives any context.) Similarly, he feels that you can’t do anything to a car without listening to country. OK, dad. Still, he has some merit in this, that certain music needs certain activities. Alabama Shakes feels like a whole day’s worth of different stuff, which keeps it interesting. We might have a kind of classic sound in…

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Crosley Radio
Lilly Higgs
Lilly Higgs

Music Monday - AC/DC - Back in Black

February 26, 2016 | Music

Nothing says The American Roadtrip!!!1! like Highway to Hell and Shook Me All Night Long. It’s been on every crackled mixtape, scratched CD burned by your friend, and musty vinyl. It says teen grungey angst almost as much as flannel. I was familiar with the songs, but it wasn’t until years later I found out what I thought was the voice of the American road was… Actually Aussie, mate. In 2011, I spent a year living in Melbourne, Australia. Somehow I decided, freshly graduated from college (I hust…

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Lilly Higgs
Lilly Higgs

Music Monday - Brand New - Deja Entendu

February 26, 2016 | Music

Like most people, my music tastes were somewhat predefined by my family. My mom brought me up on The Beatles’Rubber Soul, and my dad on Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. But most of my adolescent music came from my big brother, Matt.  This was the age semi-before file-sharing, when you would download a “techno” song on KaZaAa and it’d be Darude’s Sandstorm every damn time. Emo was big in the way that indie could be big; Sample CDs had to be ordered from the back of track lists and mailed in. Matt …

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