The Best Wireless Speakers

first_img The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Editors’ Recommendations Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks Lenny Kravitz’s New Twice Toothpaste Will Make Plaque Fly Away It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night If You Want Compact Crisp Sound: Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth SpeakerThis sleek speaker packs a lot of punch and fits in the palm of your hand.$199.95 at bose.comFor the Party on the Go: Jabra Red Solemate Portable Bluetooth SpeakerBring this snappy speaker with you wherever you go. Plus it can pick up sound from as far as 33 feet.$149.99 at shop.jabra.comFor the Sound Aficianado: SONOS Playbar Soundbar Wireless SpeakerThis playbar features SONOS HiFi sound and lets you expand your sound by connecting with other SONOS speakers.$699.98 at bestbuy.comFor the Sound Marathon: Braven 850 Bluetooth Speaker and ChargerThis speaker keeps going for up to 20 hours.$279 at audiogeeks.comFor the Bass Lover: Ultimate Ears Mini Boom Wireless Bluetooth SpeakerThis tiny objects packs a lot of bass.$99.99 at amazon.comFor the Design Lover: Grain Audio Packable Wireless SpeakerThis one is arguably the best looking of the bunch.$249 at grainaudio.comFor the Nostalgic: Marshall StanmoreWhat better way to transition somebody into the wireless generation of speakers than with the vintage-inspired Marshall Stanmore?$400 at marshallheadphones.comFor the Beach or Pool: Braven BRV-1This wireless speaker can withstand a few splashes and spills because it’s water-resistant.$149.99 at braven.comFor Awesome Visuals: JBL PulseNot only does this have all the capabilities of a wireless speaker, it also has a cool LED light show.$199.95 at jbl.comBecause Two Is Better Than One: Damson Jet Portable Wireless Speaker PairRemember when speakers always came in pairs? This set will make you remember why two speakers are better than one.$179.99 at amazon.comlast_img read more

Okkervil River Is Dead. Long Live Okkervil River!

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Editors’ Recommendations On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Okkervil River released its eighth full-length album on September 9th. Titled Away, the record comes three years after the band’s seventh album, The Silver Gymnasium. Away departs from the 1980s influence so prominent on The Silver Gymnasium, moving into slower, more orchestral territory—a new step for the band.In a statement about the album published in May 2016, bandleader Will Sheff offered some information on the background of Away. Sheff describes 2013 through 2015 as a strange time, with the loss of connections in the music industry and the death of his grandfather. A retreat to the Catskills provided an opportunity for him to clear his head, and to use Sheff’s own words, “[n]ew songs were coming fast…I realized I was writing a death story for a part of my life that had, buried inside of it, a path I could follow that might let me go somewhere new.”Opening track “Okkervil River R.I.P.” immediately signals the path Sheff found. The track is slow and heavy with emotion. The track is filled with dark scenes and images (“I see my grandfather, T. Holmes ‘Bud’ Moore, laid up in his hospital clothes. Or I think about Judee Sill, dying in some trailer park on cocaine and codeine, all alone.”), and just as the song hits emotional rock bottom, there is a new light: “But I didn’t open up my mouth just to piss and moan—No way!” Suddenly the air glitters, and the narrator wants to hear music again.“The Industry,” one of Away‘s early singles is one of the album’s more immediately catchy tracks. Written after Sheff received some (unspecified) bad news, the song is a powerful lament about the state of the music industry with myriad accusations. The accusations are non-specific, save one directed at Sheff himself: “And look at us…as we’re trying to bum-rush that VIP up there…but was that ever what we even wanted to be?” The final verse suggests all may not be lost, “Do you remember…when some record was enough to make you raise your fist…Well, I never thought I’d feel like that again.”center_img The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Okkervil River’s Away is out now through ATO Records and available on Amazon, ATO Records’ online store, and iTunes. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more