Classic Album Review: The Byrds – “Younger Than Yesterday”

There are albums that seem to be perfectly tailored for a generation of young listeners, and such records don’t necessarily come armed with revolutionary ideas or innovative sound textures, but instead, some of the best records that represent an entire generation’s ideals form more like a snapshot of a moment, and that is exactly what The Byrds’ 1967 classic album “Younger Than Yesterday” is. At this point in their career, The Byrds had no shortage of popular success in both the U.S. and the U.K. and they had managed to implement 12 string guitar and an adoration for turning Bob Dylan’s protest-themed songs into short pop gems, into the tried and true formula of The Beatles’ 2 or 3 minute...

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New Albums to Look out For in Summer 2019

We’re fans of diversity here at NBT Radio, so it was only fair that we picked an extremely eclectic three albums for this snapshot of UK music just before Summer 2019. From heavy duty drill rap bangers from the grimy ends of Digga D, to catchy pop ballads from international superstar Ed Sheeran or riotous metal of Slipknot’s first album in five years – there’s surely something here for the music fan of every persuasion. Ed Sheeran – Collaborations No. 6 The follow up to the floppy haired Ed Sheeran’s breakout mixtape No. 5 Collaborations Project from way back in 2011, you’re guaranteed to hear songs from this album grace festival stages, radios and advertisements across the country. The last...

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Jessica Pratt – “Quiet Signs” album review

Impressive and precocious songwriting skills aside, Jessica Pratt’s voice is one of the most enchanting sounds to ever bless the folk singer-songwriter division of the underground. With music that is at times both surprisingly timeless and obviously rooted in a strong psychedelic songstress tradition, the return of Jessica Pratt is something many people have been anticipating ever since her last album, 2015’s “On Your Own Love Again” captured the hearts of thousands through only a soft but commanding voice and a hazy 4-track aesthetic that fit nicely among that record’s labelmates at Drag City. Most Realized Project So Far Out in 2019 through Mexican Summer, “Quiet Signs” is quite possibly Pratt’s best record, and probably her most realized effort to...

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Newest Deerhunter Album Review

Let’s talk about the state of rock music in 2019. Is it dead? Is it gone? Is it in need of being renewed? The truth is that rock music’s lease in current mainstream culture has long-expired and the powers that be, have given up on trying to market angst and loud guitars to the masses. Enter Deerhunter. The Mind Bradford Cox, as standoffish as he’s ever been, is not your typical rock star. He has made a career out of borrowing from the Underground Music Icon’s playlist, from glamorous photoshoots for his solo record “Parallax” as Atlas Sound to his alleged beef with Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins (something he has in common with Stephen Malkmus from Pavement). Deerhunter’s...

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Rosalía – “El Mal Querer” Album Review

Sometimes there’s a reason why the unexpected ends up being the best, and there’s definitely reason to think that with spanish singer Rosalia’s second LP “El Mal Querer”, which is more a statement of promise and confidence than anything else. Co-produced by the ever-so-underrated spanish producer and singer-songwriter Pablo Diaz-Reixa, better known as El Guincho, “El Mal Querer” sounds like the beginning of a prosperous career. Where Did It Start? Rosalia’s first LP, “Los Angeles” obtained minor success and did not immediately give people any clue of the big change that was to come except for maybe her cover of Bonnie “Prince” Billy cult classic song “I See a Darkness”, which resembles his own version featuring North Carolina-based Angel Olsen...

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Innovation and Change: 2019 Coming Releases

Musically speaking, 2018 was the year of the industry taking a long, hard look at itself and asking, “what now?” Excellent releases notwithstanding, the year felt filled with miscellaneous albums that did not share a common trend nor a common goal, but instead had every artist trying to put on different dresses and seeing what would be the best direction to move forward and start the next generation of innovation, from Mitski’s wildly varied “Be the Cowboy” to Kacey Musgraves’ country standard-breaking “Golden Hour”. It is only appropriate then that 2019 follows suit and gives us a new sound, a new era of music to be excited for, away from the ever-tired poptimist adage of “rock is dead”. Due to...

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How To Discover Music if You Don’t Feel ‘Millennial’ Enough

Music is one of those factors that is acknowledged as a fundamental part of the daily lives of many people, all thanks to the technological development that has characterized this industry. In this sense mobile technology and the proliferation of streaming media have forever changed the ways in which music is accessed, listened and shared and enjoyed in our daily lives. (more…)

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The Best Indie-Folk

During the 80s, we bear witnessed to a straight up total decay of the folk genre, then for the second half of the 90s it had a revival thanks to the rise of indie folk. (more…)

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