Christian Lee Hutson, ‘Northsiders’ – Rolling Stone

Christian Lee Hutson’s “Northsiders” is about memories that haunt. Hutson, an L.A.-based singer-songwriter who’s currently touring with Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst’s Better Oblivion Community Center, spends most of the Bridgers-produced song recounting a naive adolescence with nostalgic remove and striking specificity: “We were so pretentious then, didn’t trust the government,” he sings over an acoustic guitar in gentle, double-tracked vocals that recall mid-period Elliott Smith. “Said that we were communists, and thought that we invented it.”

Hutson fills “Northsiders” with similarly everyday scenes from the past: “Morrissey apologists/Amateur psychologists/Serial monogamists.” But after the…

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