With close to a decade of independent touring, Nate Allen is a champion of house shows and silly sing-alongs. He spent the last ten years touring as Destroy Nate Allen, but now he hopes to get a bit more serious with his new side project, Nate Allen and the Pac-Away Dots. Allen is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to release Nate Allen and the Pac-Away Dots’ first album, Take Out the Trash. His goal is to raise $3,300 to print CDs and vinyl copies of the new album. Pledge now to receive anything from a mixtape to a mason jar. The campaign runs through Nov. 5.

The album features a unique mix of punk, blues, folk and rock. Recommended for fans of the Violent Femmes, Calibretto 13 and Larry and his Flask.

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Top 25 Albums of 2020

The Top 25 Albums of 2020

When the going gets tough, artists create art. Despite a world reckoning outside our quarantined doors, musicians relentlessly created new music giving birth to genre-defining releases and, despite a year spent indoors, a marked 2020 full of passion and fervor. Here are our Top 25 albums of 2020.

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Droning On

The world came to a halt in 2020, but London-based Drones trudged on, giving a voice to the hurt that circulates with (or without) a pandemic: "You shouldn’t underestimate the power of writing things down or literally speaking them out loud, which I’m learning. I’m glad I made these songs, no matter how personal they are."

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