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Surprise releases are a risky move for artists who aren't Beyonce-level--but Wye Oak has never shied away from risk. So when they quietly dropped their fifth studio album Tween at the beginning of June with little to no fanfare, it was as surprise, yes, but not a shock. The duo, composed of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, built a loyal following during their years in Baltimore based off their folk-rock roots, releasing three increasingly...
Look, it's practically impossible to select the best songs in a year. First of all, the single is so rarely the best song an album that using that categorization as criteria does not generally yield accurate results. Second of all, music critics are probably the people on the planet who listen to the greatest number of albums and songs per year, and even most of us have our niches and specializations we tend to...
It's hard to believe that 2016 is already half over, yet the calendar stubbornly remains where it is. It's almost an understatement to say that this has been a challenging year so far, and as ever in the midst of darkness, music remains one of the only things I can reliably return to as a source of comfort. Amid all the chaos of the election season, attacks of terrorism on our LGBT community, horrific...

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