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The Best of 2021: Music Staff Picks

20. Snail Mail – Valentine “Snail Mail retains the same wounded lover ethos and hazy, scorned vocals but with a noticeably more pop-inspired instrumental palette. Indie rock guitars and peppy drums provide a sturdy melodic base, while additions of piano or dreamy synths give this album a sometimes danceable effect.” –Sydney Sjobakken 19. Lingua Ignota – Sinner Get Ready “Lingua Ignota has always incorporated a regal and grandiose instrumental palette, but SINNER GET READY shows a slightly softer side to her work with elements of religious hymns and neofolk. Yet, despite drawing back a bit from her more abrasive tendencies, she still … Continued

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Music and our Mood

We listen to music every day. In the shower, on our way to and from work, while we’re making dinner– the list goes on. How does the music we listen to affect our mood, productivity, and all-around well-being on a given day? (Image via Professor Ramos)

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The Best Releases of October: Music Staff Picks

The Body & BIG|BRAVE – Leaving None But Small Birds  The Body and BIG|BRAVE have each earned their tenure in metal, but together they have created an album that defies any preconceived notions one might have had for them. On Leaving None But Small Birds, both bands veer into a brand of folk rock that is rife with an eerie grit. Twangy layered strings mesh with the heavy distortion of guitars that both The Body and BIG|BRAVE are known for, creating a delicate and foreboding atmosphere. Similarly, the guttural shrieks and growls of The Body are replaced by the haunting croons of BIG|BRAVE’s lead vocalist Robin … Continued

Rank Artist Recording Label 1 PASSION PIT Gossamer Columbia 2 ANTLERS Undersea Anti 3 DIRTY PROJECTORS Swing Lo Magellan Domino 4 FANG ISLAND Major Sargent House 5 PURITY RING Shrines 4AD 6 JAPANDROIDS Celebration Rock Polyvinyl 7 DEEP TIME Deep Time Hardly Art 8 FERGUS AND GERONIMO Funky Was The State Of Affairs Hardly Art 9 METRIC Synthetica MMI-Mom And Pop 10 TWIN SHADOW Confess 4AD 11 PEAKING LIGHTS Lucifer Mexican Summer 12 DIIV Oshin Captured Tracks 13 AMANDA PALMER AND THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA Theatre Is Evil 8 Ft. 14 DEAD CAN DANCE Anastasis Pias 15 WET HAIR Spill … Continued

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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 DIRTY PROJECTORS Swing Lo Magellan Domino 2 PASSION PIT Gossamer Columbia 3 FANG ISLAND Major Sargent House 4 WET HAIR Spill Into Atmosphere De Stijl 5 FIONA APPLE The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do Epic 6 HOT CHIP In Our Heads Domino 7 ICKY BLOSSOMS Icky Blossoms Saddle Creek 8 DELICATE STEVE Positive Force Luaka Bop 9 ANTLERS Undersea Anti 10 PEAKING LIGHTS Lucifer Mexican Summer 11 DAREDEVIL CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT The Nature Of Things File Under: Music 12 … Continued

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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 BEACH HOUSE Bloom SUB POP 2 JAPANDROIDS Celebration Rock Polyvinyl 3 PEAKING LIGHTS Lucifer Mexican Summer 4 FIONA APPLE The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do Epic 5 WALKMEN Heaven Fat Possum 6 HOT CHIP In Our Heads Domino 7 LIARS WIXIW Mute 8 METRIC Synthetica Mom And Pop-MMI 9 MYNABIRDS Generals Saddle Creek 10 A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Worship Dead Oceans 11 KING TUFF King Tuff SUB POP 12 LOWER DENS Nootropics Ribbon 13 MOUNT EERIE Clear … Continued

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By Max Johnson Chris Ford’s main musical project, Christopher the Conquered, is perhaps the most quintessential “Iowa” band right now. I don’t mean that as a description of a particular sound or style. Just look at the songs on their latest album “Christopher the Conquered and the  Black Gold Brass Band Decide the Fate of a Good Man.” You’ll find the left and right politics of a swing state, the hardworking ethic that Iowa is known for, and most importantly, you’ll see something brilliant and beautiful that has been criminally overlooked. It’s important to know, before listening to the record, … Continued

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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 BEACH HOUSE Bloom SUB POP 2 WALKMEN Heaven Fat Possum 3 JAPANDROIDS Celebration Rock Polyvinyl 4 LIARS WIXIW Mute 5 BROKEN WATER Tempest Hardly Art 6 MYNABIRDS Generals Saddle Creek 7 LOWER DENS Nootropics Ribbon 8 TEMPER TRAP The Temper Trap Columbia 9 PUJOL United States Of Being Saddle Creek 10 OBERHOFER Time Capsules II Glassnote 11 POMEGRANATES Heaven Modern Outsider 12 FRIENDS Manifest! Fat Possum 13 ALABAMA SHAKES Boys And Girls ATO 14 KILLER MIKE R.A.P. Music Williams Street Records 15 2:54 2:54 Fat Possum 16 FATHER JOHN MISTY Fear Fun Sub Pop 17 … Continued

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It’s that time of the week! Our DJs have been hand-selecting new artists and albums all week long just for you and playing them on the air. Check out our Top 30 Chart here and discover some sweet under-the-radar tunes.

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Need some new music in your life? We’ve got you covered! Check out what KRUI’s DJs have been playing lately for some recommendations. You’ll be glad you did!

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