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Following 2016’s breakout debut Cardinal, the New Jersey band Pinegrove have collected some of their best songs on a lovable new live album, with proceeds going to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It’s hard not to root for Pinegrove. Even before they raised more than $21,000 for Planned Parenthood and released Elsewhere—a lovable new live album whose proceeds are being donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center—the band seemed to be propelled entirely by positivity and goodwill. For a certain kind of listener, Pinegrove’s music will feel like a warm hug, cozy without being cloying, eliciting a rush of memories of drinking in furnished basements and driving aimlessly through quiet streets. Frontman Evan Stephens Hall’s voice is a strained, twangy yowl that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on ’90s alternative rock radio, and it’s a perfect vessel for communicating his vulnerable thoughts. “We were laughing and crying in awe at the size of the moon,” he recalls in one of the band’s most impassioned anthems. It’s a simple, near-precious thought that’s immediately elevated with a more sobering question: “Do you want to die?”

Text source: 7.5 album review by Pitchfork