Wilco, “Star Wars” review

Surprise. Wilco, of all artists, has sprung an album on us. A free album. And while releasing a record without warning is hardly even a surprise anymore -- hell, this is at least the second group this year that isn’t charging a single cent, either -- this has the vibe of the most wholesome and traditional of surprises.

Mumford & Sons, “Wilder Mind” review

[caption id="attachment_103423" align="alignnone" width="700"] "Going electric" on "Wilder Mind" probably isn't going to change any fans' minds. This is the same old Mumford & Sons you love or hate.[/caption] The saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same” comes to mind while listening to Mumford & Sons' “Wilder Mind.” The band traded rollicking folk for glossy rock and it had about as much the same effect as changing out of suspenders and into leather jackets.

Quarterbacks, “Quarterbacks” review: Can simple songs save your soul?

[caption id="attachment_100204" align="alignnone" width="610"] There's not much more to Quarterbacks' songs than comfort and release for those suffering 20-something afflictions. But if you feel that way, or remember well how it feels, “Quarterbacks” could be good for your soul, if only for 20 minutes.[/caption] Fourteen sub-two-minute songs into Quarterbacks’ self-titled full-length debut, Dean Engle sings over and over, “Simple songs will save your soul.” If that’s the case, then this trio from the little New York suburb of New Paltz is taking (or offering) 19 shots at redemption.

Sleater-Kinney, “No Cities To Love” review: Don’t call it a reunion

[caption id="attachment_99288" align="aligncenter" width="610"] “No Cities To Love,” Sleater-Kinney's first album since going on hiatus in 2006, sounds as fresh as is does familiar.[/caption] In the weeks leading up to Sleater-Kinney’s first album since the band went on hiatus in 2006,  Carrie Brownstein told Billboard, "It's not a reunion, it's a continuation." And a reunion album this is not.

Mile Marker: The Lumineers

No band has help put the Denver music scene on the map over the past year quite like the Lumineers. Wes Schultz and his band of Great-Depression-era-garb-pop-folk gypsies seemed to appear out of thin air in the second half of 2011.

Win tickets to see the Fresh & Onlys at the Larimer Lounge

[caption id="attachment_56879" align="alignnone" width="610"] The Fresh & Onlys will play the Larimer Lounge on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the artist.[/caption] The Fresh & Onlys is riding the still-forming wave of postmodern San Francisco indie-rock, and September's "Long Slow Dance" is rightfully one of the season's best releases.

Switchfoot at Summit Music Hall, 10/15/12 (photos)

From the start of the high-energy opener, "The Sound," Switchfoot's Monday evening show at Summit Music Hall was an audience sing-along type of night. As expected, "Dare You to Move" had people belting like it was a camp song, while "Stars," The War Inside" and "Hurricane" had both voices and hands raised high.

Mile Marker: Deer Tick

[youtube]UfCdGU2ueuU[/youtube] To put it simply, Deer Tick has been one of our favorite live bands for several years. The Providence, R.I. group plays a mix of garage, country, punk and folk and wears its influences on its collective sleeve while still managing to sound wholly unique.