Favorite Albums of 2020

  1. Women In Music Pt. III -Haim
  2. Fetch the Bolt Cutters -Fiona Apple
  3. Heaven To a Tortured Mind -Yves Tumor
  4. Inner Song -Kelly Lee Owens
  5. Logan Ledger -Logan Ledger
  6. Nightmare Vacation -Rico Nasty
  7. Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection -Spencer Cullum
  8. Walking Proof -Lilly Hiatt
  9. Black Bra -Black Bra


Best Albums

  1. Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
  2. C’est La Vie, Phosphorescent
  3. Be the Cowboy, Mitski
  4. Interstate Gospel, Pistol Annies
  5. Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine
  6. Window Flowers, Liz Cooper and the Stampede
  7. Awful Swim, Father
  8. Karma for Cheap, Aaron Lee Tasjan

By Olivia Ladd

Upon its release in March, Kacey Musgraves’ “High Horse,” characterized by Donna Summer-esque hums, waning guitar riffs, stereophonic bass and attitudinal lyrics, collected an impressive range of reactions. Hardline country purists had a lot to say about Musgraves’ decision to include a glistening, disco-influenced track on her…


All photos by Olivia Ladd.

Images of: Francis and the Lights, Angel Olsen, Ride, Cherry Glazerr, Mitski, Jeff Rosenstock, Vince Staples, Danny Brown, The Dirty Projectors


These are 50 of my favorite releases from 2017. The list consists mostly of rock and country, but includes some hip-hop and electronic. I included lots of local Nashville artists in the mix. Find something you haven’t heard of and give it a listen. …


Photo courtesy of Sub Pop Records.

Folk rocker Father John Misty brought down the (opera) house Friday night at his St. Louis headlining show.

His smart humor and sardonic lyricism came to life through ingenious delivery, bringing on a new meaning to his conceptual songwriting.

Weyes Blood began the night with stunning vocals, then joined by…


Photo by: Olivia Ladd (oliviaslatonladd.wordpress.com)

Jeff Rosenstock stole the show at Pitchfork Music Festival last weekend. During his 1:45 p.m. set on Saturday, the frontman and his band gave an exuberant performance, made even better by the destruction of a Trump piñata, plenty of crowd surfing and a bold, humorous announcement of how much they…


This past week, local Nashville designer Lindsey Engle launched her online shop, Exit Club Clothing. The 20-year-old fashion merchandising major throws rules out the window and encourages you to “wear whatever you want.” Her clothes often mix patterns and feature rich textures for a standout look.

Find the shop on Instagram.

Photo credit: Olivia Ladd // Styled by: Lindsey Engle // Model: Allison Young

Annie Zaleski has been covering music, entertainment, food and all the culture in between for nearly two decades. Currently based in Cleveland, Zaleski writes a weekly column for Salon and freelances for various publications. …


2017 began with rich promises of new music, to-be-announced tours and the mystique of unrevealed festival lineups. We’re a month into the new year and already wading knee-deep through new releases. Check out my lists of favorite tracks and albums from 2017 so far. …

Olivia Ladd

Nashville-based music journalist

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