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

Song of the Week: Shout Out Louds – Where You Come In

Optica, the fourth LP from Swedish quintet Shout Out Louds, really does deserve its own review: it’s turned out one of the best songs of the year, and the rest of the album is no slouch, either. “Where You Come In” is the type of glimmering, wistful pop the band does so well, a teasingly

Song of the Week: Shout Out Louds – Blue Ice

“It hurts when I breathe, it hurts when I speak,” Adam Olenius murmurs on the Shout Out Louds’ unexpectedly lovely lead single for their upcoming album,¬†Optica. The Swedish band’s singles tend to be more upbeat, joyous affairs, a trend that the other single from the album, “Walking In Your Footsteps,” fits to a tee. But