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Ben Olson’s Top 10 Albums of 2017

Ben Olson, columnist

December 19, 2017

1. A Crow Looked At Me - Mount Eerie (Folk) Phil Elverum’s first release since his wife passed away from cancer is heartbreaking, deeply emotional and one that can only be listened to once. 2. Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples (Hip Hop)...

Undertow offers offbeat sound

Ben Olson, columnist

April 21, 2017

I was a mere nine years old when I discovered the world of music. I sat down every day at my computer and digested websites containing music reviews and jotted down ones that looked interesting or fit my taste. Most were acclaime...

The xx unable to reach full potential

Ben Olson, staff reporter

February 10, 2017

The xx are an unusual band. They’re way too pop to be indie and way too indie to be pop. They should’ve died out a long time ago. Yet, both popists and indieheads continue to enjoy the synth-lead music of Jamie Smith and the...

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