Our 15 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Now that we’ve ranked the albums that rocked us in 2014, we’re ready to move on to the bounty that’s coming in 2015. Indie fans are going to be blessed with new tunes from Belle & Sebastian, the Decemberists and Death Cab for Cutie. Big names like Bjork and Adele are expected to drop their latest creations. And reunions by the Juliana Hatfield Three and Sleater-Kinney are on our must list. Check out what’s got... READ MORE

Occur's Favorite Music of 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music U2 invaded our iTunes, everything came up butts and Taylor Swift became the first musician since ... herself to sell more than 1 million copies of an album in its debut week. Underneath the publicity stunts and sonic 180s (not just the Sonic Highways), 2014 provided some memorable surprises musically. Dig in and see what we dug this year.   Album image courtesy Republic   FAVORITE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End In... READ MORE

For the Workforce, Drowning - A Labor Day Playlist

Monday, September 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo by Melissa Bobbitt   It's Labor Day, the last great holiday before autumn settles in. We've created a Spotify playlist in honor of those who dared to stand up for workers' rights-- and for those whom the 9-to-5 workweek just isn't their idea of a career. To the CEOs making a positive difference in the world, to the fry cooks, to immigrants struggling to provide for their families in foreign countries, to the college grad getting... READ MORE

Thankful for Music

Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo courtesy Elena Roussakis/Creative Commons Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah to those who celebrate! This time of year, as we're conjuring up our best-of lists, we remember how much we music fans have to be thankful for. Here are a few of the music-related things that warm our hearts:   Spotify We know: Plenty of musicians have decried this free and subscription streaming service. And yet, these protests are generally from super-successful millionaire types with major-label contracts. So, for... READ MORE

Album Review - Yuck, 'Glow & Behold'

Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Yuck Glow & Behold Fat Possum The death of the Rock Star may be benefiting this generation's rock bands when it comes to their evolution. When Van Halen swapped preening peacock David Lee Roth for the more standard wailer Sammy Hagar, the music community was up in arms. Van Halen would never be the same again (even when Roth came back in the '90s and the teens). But what of a relatively successful, humble shoegaze group?... READ MORE

A-grade B-side albums

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music It's a miracle enough when a regular album flows cohesively and tells a story. But when a collection of rarities and b-sides from an artist's entire career gels like the "real" thing, it's utterly divine. Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is the latest bard to pull off this feat with Former Lives (Barsuk). Though compiled from scraps of unfinished works not suitable for his main gig or his lauded side project,... READ MORE