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Coble’s 2013 Top Albums List

Guest Post By: Jen “Coble” Hopper

Coble’s Top Albums of 2013:

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience part 1

In all seriousness, Justin Timberlake wins 2013. When this album first came out, it took a couple of listens before it sunk in. Life was empty without a song about courting in space (only he could make a song about that sexy) but now I can’t go back– no I won’t go back to a world without it. Everyone in our house loves it and it is the go-to music when we don’t know what to listen to. Whether it’s my speakers, SNL, Jimmy Fallon, my heart etc; I bow in front of the king, JT.

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Of Monsters and Men – My Head is An Animal

This album is so rich and fulfilling. I discovered it in the spring and truly haven’t been able to wear it out. Harmonies are my weakness and so is catchy folk music, apparently. It’s been a theme this year for me.

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The Lumineers

Again with the catchy folk music. Jeremiah Fraites voice is young and vulnerable and perfect for this Americana sound. “Ho Hey” sucked me in and I haven’t left. It’s reminiscent of Cold War Kids in all the best ways.

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Bastille – Bad Blood

Everything is Bastille and nothing hurts.

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Fall Out Boy – Save Rock n’ Roll

This is the best comeback album of the decade so far, I will fight anyone who argues (with this album as a soundtrack, and I will win). Perhaps my opinions are blurred by nearly ten years of strong appreciation for this band, but I have no apologies for it.

Buy @ Amazon


Note: Arcade Fire has a special place in my heart but I regret that this year’s album has not yet spoken to me.

The Joy Formidable: Live at Legends of Notre Dame, 4/11/13

Muruch’s Mid-West reviewer/photographer Jen “Coble” Hopper caught The Joy Formidable’s concert at Notre Dame’s Legends Nightclub last Thursday, April 11th. You can read her thoughts about and see her photographs of the show below…

The Joy Formidable played Legends of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) on Thursday, April 11th. Their original set date a couple of days earlier was cancelled due to illness, but when the threesome took the stage, they started off playing like champions.

Ritzy took the stage with bright smiles, bouncing around and engaging the crowd as they were treated to songs off of their latest record, Wolf’s Law.

“This Ladder is Ours” looked and sounded amazing as Ritzy and Rhydian donned rockstar poses all over the stage. Don’t be mislead by the sweet vocals and tiny, petite frame: Ritzy dons a guitar like any guitar god, just one of her many talents as the band’s front woman.

Sadly, the magic ended mid-set as Ritzy began to feel faint. The band cancelled the rest of the set so they could get Ritzy to a medic.

The Joy Formidable have a full summer of touring ahead of them, so there are plenty of opportunities to catch them for a full set in their (hopefully healthier) future.

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The Joy Formidable Official Site

Fall Out Boy: New Album & Tour!

Guest Post By: Jen “Coble” Hopper

Fall Out Boy recently announced an end to their “haitus” and their new album, Save Rock N Roll, comes out April 16th. For those who can’t wait until release day, the band has made a free, legal stream of the album available on Soundcloud. It’s pretty great, not even gonna lie about it. Check out the album stream and tour dates below…

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Fall Out Boy 2013 Tour Dates

9/5 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
9/6 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
9/7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
9/8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Liacouras Center
9/10 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
9/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
9/14 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
9/15 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
9/18 – Broomfield, CO @ First Bank Center
9/20 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
9/21 – San Francisco, CA @ America’s Cup Pavilion
9/22 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
9/25 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/26 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prarie
9/28 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore
9/29 – Tampa, FL @ USF Sun Dome

Fall Out Boy Official Site