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Saturday October 23rd


Music Review: Grandma Sparrow

Grandma Sparrow and his Piddletractor Orchestra is one of the year’s most ambitious and bizarre records. On the album, Grandma Sparrow — Joe Westerlund of Megafaun — takes us on a tour of his imagined town of Piddletractor.

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Music Review: The Apache Relay

The Apache Relay was quickly lumped into the folk-rock genre following the release of its 2009 debut album, American Nomad , it’s subsequent touring with Mumford and Sons and appearances in top folk-rock festivals.

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Music Review: Wye Oak

In the opening track of Wye Oak’s latest album, Shriek, singer Jenn Wasner finds herself waking up disoriented on a floor as she uses the celestial synths to search for her lost memories.

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Courtesy of Paradise of Bachelors.

Q&A with dynamic guitarist Steve Gunn

Steve Gunn is a dynamic guitarist based in Brooklyn, New York. A wizard at the instrument in his own right, Gunn has also worked with the likes of Kurt Vile, Hiss Golden Messenger and Cian Nugent. Gunn talked with Diversions editor Allison Hussey about the breadth of his work and his North Carolina connections.

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Music Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is back — poppier and catchier than ever with the release of its third record Days of Abandon. A three-year absence has been beneficial for the group, the upbeat instrumentation and falsetto melodies combining for arguably its best album yet.

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Music Review: Cloud Nothings

Here and Nowhere Else is the definition of garage punk rock. Cloud Nothings, known for its fuzzy, screeching guitars and loud, fast vocals continue that trend here. It is an album that sticks to the basics, one or two guitars, a bass and drums with vocals, yet is still rich and tires out the listener with its rapid pace.

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Music Review: Protomartyr

Following in the line of the Smiths and Joy Division, Protomartyr uses a variety of styles and instruments to complement melancholy lyrics, not overpower them. Drawing influence from the British post-punk movement and garage rock, Protomartyr’s Under the Color of Official Right is a grungy, yet polished, punk record.

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