About Sam Halpern

My name is Sam, sometimes I listen to music. Sometimes, I even write about the music I listen to!

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Monday Mixer

Giraffage – Close 2 Me Giraffage, a San Francisco based DJ is known especially for his slick remixes of R&B tracks. That said, his standalone creations often offer up a smooth blend of flowy sounds with sharp snare and high hat rhythms.  Glass Animals – Cocoa Hooves Hailing from Oxford, Glass Animals are a band […]

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Monday Mixer

1 – 1,2,3 – Just Like Heaven (Is Gone) 1,2,3’s 2011 album New Heaven had a whole lot of creative indie goodness on it. These guys experimented with a lot of cool sounds and the results seem to never leave (me) a listener wanting. Enjoy the quavery vocal range and heavy sound of this gem. […]

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Sunday Funday at Summer Camp 2013

We started Sunday in classic Summer Camp fashion, attending Umphrey’s McGee’s last set of the festival. Umphrey’s is a unique band, sounding something like what would have happened if the Grateful Dead had come into being in a world that had already seen the rise of metal. Alternating between wicked riffage and soaring, spacey guitar […]

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Saturday At Summer Camp 2013

Saturday began with Nashville indie-roots band The Apache Relay. While they lack a large jam or live experimentation element and this show held the potential for a letdown given the previous day’s underwhelming set from fellow indie rock band Maps & Atlases, Apache Relay did not disappoint, managing to translate their soulful and earnest footstompery […]

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Friday At Summer Camp 2013

Summer Camp Music festival, taking place Memorial Day weekend in Three Sisters Park, located just outside of Chillicothe, Illinois, is a vibrant and deeply weird place to spend a weekend, drawing jam rock disciples just as easily as blissed-out bassheads. Boasting six stages, each with its own diverse lineup of acts, the festival, while small […]

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Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts (Review)

In 2006, So-Cal band Cold War Kids released their debut LP Robbers and Cowards, an album whose pop driven instrumentals created an unlikely home for lead vocal Nathan Willet’s folky, blues infused singing. This brighter, formulaic sound coupled with the driven delivery and at times disconsolate subject matter and lyrical style garnered a certain amount of […]

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