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Nutshell Music Group’s 2012: The Year (Or…Seven Months) In Review

Everyone here at Nutshell has been taking some time off in response to the holiday season being upon us, just as we hope you did the same. But before the streamers and fireworks get released and the beginning of a new work calendar is upon us, it’s only fitting that we put together a best of list for those of you that are new to the site (or are already nostalgic). So here are some fun facts about our last seven months as an official publication. But before we get the ball rolling, here’s to wishing you a wonderful 2013.

Nutshell Music Group is born!

With the June 14th review of Walk The Moon’s self-titled LP, Nutshell Music Group officially became a publication.
Album Rating: 89/100
Album Highlights: “Anna Sun”, “Shiver Shiver”, “I Can Lift A Car”

NUTSHELLNutshell: The Logo and The Twitter

On June 18th, we unveiled our new logo, created by John Spiller. Then three days later we officially hit social media, with our Twitter that you can follow @NSMusicGroup.

Nutshell’s First Concert

The site became so much more than an album review site on July 16th, with our first concert review being published on Vampire Weekend’s Pitchfork Performance.
Concert Rating: A
Concert Highlights: Opening with the one two punch of “Cousins” and “White Sky”, an untitled new song now known as “Unbelievers”.

Making Friends

On October 15th Nutshell Music Group officially announced the addition of our newest writer, Bianca Smith. Her first review was posted less than two weeks later.

Opening the Discussion

On December 1st, we started our first full-on discussion topic as we posted our first round of Lollapalooza 2013 lineup predictions. Since then, a large amount of responses have come in and we opened up our Lollapalooza 2013 page.

Bests, Worsts, and Other Notable Things

Highest Rated Album: Matt & Kim – Lightning
Album Rating: 98/100
Album Highlights: “Let’s Go”, “Now”, “I Said”

Highest Rated EP: Go Tell The Eskimo – Smoke Signals EP
Album Rating: 95/100
Album Highlights: “When The Lights Go Out”

Lowest Rated Album: Animal Kingdom – The Looking Away
Album Rating: 73/100
Album Highlights: “Get Away With It”, “Skipping Disc”

Top Viewed Post: Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup Predictions

Most written about artist: Green Day (with a total of three album reviews)

Album We Wish We Reviewed Better: The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
Original Rating: 84/100

IMG_0445Nutshell Music Group’s total geek-out favorite band of the year: Stepdad

This one deserves some explaining. This goes to the band that Nutshell Music Group feels is the band that was most enjoyable to deal with. After reviewing Wildlife Pop back in June and then their Beat Kitchen Concert in October, the group has always been fun to watch, listen to, and even talk to in small doses. So a big thank you goes out to the guys in Stepdad for giving us a memorable band to talk about time and time again.

There you have it folks! Have a great time ringing in the new year, and we will be back on schedule with normal reviews after 2013 begins.

Nutshell Album Review: Walk The Moon – Walk The Moon

Those of you who are familiar with the sound of Cincinnati-based electrofun band Walk The Moon will meet no surprises in this review.

The band’s self-titled album is no stranger to their original, upbeat and energetic sound. It includes synth heavy revamps of fan favorites like “Quesadilla” and “Lisa Baby”, along with the full 3 song Anna Sun EP that was released earlier this year. It isn’t until the eighth track that you will hear any material that is 100% new, and the anticipation is met with the upbeat “Shiver Shiver”, a song the band has been testing on it’s most recent tour. It is followed up with a 35 second teaser track called “Lions” and a significantly trimmed version of I Want! I Want!‘s slow, trancy ballad “Iscariot”. The next song is another new one called “Fixin'”, a song that blends Walk The Moon’s usual sound with Irish indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club. The album closes with a new take on another old favorite, “I Can Lift A Car”, with a much fuller sound and an extraordinary display of vocal range by lead singer Nicholas Petricca.

Even though the album is made up of widely old material, the reworkings of the popular tracks make a world of difference in turning these guys into a really solid band. By listening to the differences between I Want! I Want! and Walk The Moon, you can hear the growth the band has went through both as a cohesive unit and as individual performers. If these guys can keep working at this pace, they will be the next big thing. Overall, this album gets an 89/100. Check it out for yourself on June 19th.

Walk The Moon Tracklisting:

  1. Quesadilla
  2. Lisa Baby
  3. Next In Line
  4. Anna Sun
  5. Tightrope
  6. Jenny
  7. Shiver Shiver
  8. Lions
  9. Iscariot
  10. Fixin’
  11. I Can Lift A Car
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