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Owl and Bear’s Best Albums of 2011

2011 was a mixed bag. Established acts like Radiohead and The Strokes dropped duds on trusting fans, while middle-of-the-road acts like The Drums and Hunx and His Punx raised the bar with surprising sophomore efforts. Floundering bands like Iron & Wine and The Dodos made welcome returns to glory, while others merely treaded water (see She and Him’s Christmas album or MGMT’s “mix tape.”) Continue reading…

Live Review and Photos: The National, Wye Oak, and Local Natives at the Neptune Theatre, December 1, 2011

Photos by Natalie Kardos

Having seen The National perform at least ten times over the past few years, one comes to expect certain things from the band’s live set: the cathartic chorus of “Apartment Story,” the crowd sing/scream-along with “Mr. November,” and of course singer Matt Berninger’s gracefully awkward stage presence. Continue reading…

Video: Wye Oak – “Holy Holy”

Baltimore duo Wye Oak has released the video for their song “Holy Holy,” off this year’s excellent LP, Civilian. The video finds singer/guitarist Jenn Wasner and drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack enjoying the thrills of Coney Island, and the haze and vintage effects make it seem like a trip back in time. The dizzying movements of the amusement park perfectly accompany the song, which is like its own deep breath before a multi-story plunge. Hopefully, Wye Oak will return to San Diego soon.