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About james hrivnak

James Hrivnak is a writer, film geek, music nerd, and family man. He's contributed to a number film and music websites and is the host of a podcast. He also holds an M.A. in English Literature and Film Studies. The H is silent.

Life of Pause shows Wild Nothing moving forward

Somewhere around “Alien,” the fifth track of Wild Nothing’s third full-length LP—Life of Pause—I got lost in its sound—enveloped in its waves of keyboards and layered guitars. The song itself isn’t entirely remarkable, but its sound is curiously warm and…

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5 great albums from 2015

This is obviously not meant to be a definitive or exhaustive list of the albums that bowed in 2015, but rather just a highlight of some of the great music that came to our ears. I mean, 2015 also saw…

New Order still sound fresh in 2015

Music Complete marks New Order’s first record of new material in 10 years, following 2005’s Waiting for the Sirens’ Call (2013’s Lost Sirens gathered up leftovers from the 2005 sessions). It also marks the return of keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, who…

Ryan Adams makes Taylor Swift’s 1989 his own

In what seems like an unlikely confluence of forces in the universe, a little more than a month ago, prolific alt-folk troubadour and all-around pop culture junkie Ryan Adams revealed through social media that he was recording his own version…

Tommy Keene shows off his craft with Laugh in the Dark

Tommy Keene has been making strong, melodic rock for more than 30 years and flying under the radar. but you wouldn’t know it based on his latest album Laugh in the Dark. Keene sounds as alive and electric in 2015…

The Magic Whip is Blur’s return—and return to form

Reunion albums are a tricky proposition, particularly after long absences. These albums often sound like faint, half-hearted retreads, with one or two tracks that’ll fill in setlists nicely while the band tours as a nostalgia act. For Blur, it’s been…