Review: Sufjan Stevens and Lowell Brams – “Aporia”

Lowell Brams has been part of singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens life since Stevens was barely out of toddlerhood. Brams – the titular “Lowell” of Stevens’ excellent 2015 solo LP Carrie & Lowell – is Stevens’ stepfather, yes, but, moreso a kind of guiding presence in his musical and/or public lives. Brams introduced Stevens, then a boy,…

Review: Hawk and Dove – “Our Childhood Heroes”

I wanted to start this review with the following: Our Childhood Heroes, the sophomore outing by Brooklyn collective Hawk and Dove, can best be summarized by its closing track. At 10 minutes long, “For Jack” is plaintive and, at times, a bit overdrawn but you cannot helped being sucked into its vortex by the conceit…

REVIEW: Dispatch – “America, Location 12”

Precisely what city or small town or hidden, leafy enclave is mapped in America, Location 12, the recently released sixth LP from indie darlings Dispatch? It’s hard to say for sure, but the album – out now on Bomber/Universal and the group’s first since 2012’s Circles Around The Sun – is an eclectic and wonderful…