Gillian Grogan’s music is woven with intention, and imprinted with the places and people she’s come across in her travels. A self-described engineer, sustainability geek, musician, and human, she wields the power of her songs as a call to action for the environment, and the people who inhabit it. Cross-legged in the September sun, I …

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Bluetooth speakers are all the rage these days, and, this summer, it seems like more and more outdoors brands are jumping on the blue-tech bandwagon to put out their own versions. Gone are the days of cranking up the volume on your phone and hoping to make out some semblance of a melody. Gone are …

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Wow. Usually, portable Bluetooth speakers are like pizza by the slice — always a good idea, but also always a little underwhelming.  Not so with the Big Turtle Shell from Outdoor Tech! Consider us fully whelmed. It sounds great. Period. Well-balanced sound, bass response and all — and it’s loud! The Turtle Shell also has …

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Cross Record launched its wispy, skeletal brand of indie rock on Bandcamp in 2011, so it’s no wonder that Emily Cross, one half of the husband-and-wife duo, got her musical start after taking a course called “Minimalism.” Her new album, Wabi-Sabi is a critically acclaimed collection of experimental tracks that hold this beautiful, no-frills ethos close to …

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In lieu of a trail mix today, I wanted to share a recent EP release by a Durham, North Carolina band, Hardworker. I was nervous to start listening to something called The Awful Rowing, which I assume is a heavy nod to Anne Sexton‘s posthumously published, death-meditating The Awful Rowing Toward God, because I was having such …

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In lieu of a Trail Mix this week, I’d like to reroute everyone over to a free listen of Lianne La Havas’ new album, ‘Blood.’ This isn’t her first album, but it is her poppiest, and, more importantly, Prince loves it. If you are going to listen to anyone about music recommendations, don’t listen to …

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If music had the power to provide a dose of Vitamin D through the soundwaves, these songs would be laying it on thick. Pour a cold one, pump up the bass, and let your ears feast on these sunshine-y songs. Mi Swing Es Tropical – Nickodemus & Quantic ft. Tempo & The Candela Allstars Ain’t …

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