The Best Music of 2013 (So Far)

It’s been a bleak year for music. Not “bleak” in the sense that there hasn’t been any good music. On the contrary, 2013 – only halfway through – has already outstripped both 2012 and 2011 in quality of albums (and quantity of those albums, too). I mean “bleak” in the sense that somebody needs to

Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse (2013)

No one listens to Frightened Rabbit to cheer themselves up. The Scottish band’s breakout record, 2008’s┬áThe Midnight Organ Fight, was such a bruisingly stark breakup album that singer Scott Hutchison spent the better half of its followup assuring listeners that he was, in fact, “not miserable.” Their fourth album,┬áPedestrian Verse, is the band’s first for

Song of the Week: Frightened Rabbit – The Woodpile

Frightened Rabbit have always been an aptly named band: the Scottish rockers’ songs are filled with a skittish, nervous energy that propels them, scampering, forward. And while “The Woodpile,” the second single off their upcoming fourth album Pedestrian Verse, is marked with the band’s trademark desperation, it signals a new direction. For one, it’s loud, with a dark, heavy chorus and a blistering instrumental bridge. It sounds maybe like the cousin to “The Wrestle” or “Nothing Like You,” but neither of those songs are as brash or as mean as this one, and they don’t have its steady, confident swagger. “The Woodpile” is Frightened Rabbit with their claws out.