Arcade Fire, Summer School, and Falling Off of Bikes

Have you ever had an experience so closely linked to music that hearing the familiar chords of a song is like pressing “play” on a memory?

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Grab Your Boots and a Tambourine!

A few strums of an acoustic guitar. “HO!”

A few more strums. “HEY!”

And pretty soon you’re merrily singin’ and shoutin’ and stompin’ your boots whilst waving your straw hat and tambourine in the air with your folksy friends on the front porch. That’s what the aptly titled song, “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers feels like.

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Unicorns, Islands, and Other Magical Things

Music Review: Islands Edition.

No, I am not writing this from The Bahamas or Taiwan. This review is about a band called Islands.

I have a lot of history with this band. Which is to say, I listened to them in middle school and high school. Which is to say, I listened to the band that Islands used to be before Islands existed, a band called….The Unicorns. Continue reading “Unicorns, Islands, and Other Magical Things”