Written by David Lichius Wednesday, 25 April 2007 14:44
There have been fantastic records released this year, but they all pale in comparison to Traineater. This record is that solid.
Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:58
Each artist covers another member of the SC family, with assignments determined "via the ol' names-in-a-hat method," according to the album's press sheet.
Written by Joe Bowman Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:51
All premature snickering aside, the album is curiously listenable, if not utterly scatterbrained in electronic stylings.
Written by Maria Kriszt Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:44
Of God and Science shows their talent off with long stretches of music in every track; you never know when they will break into instrumentals.
Written by Dave Jasmon Wednesday, 25 April 2007 13:37
Whenever Illinois starts to hint toward psychedelic, they always remember to harness pop structures and rein them in.
Written by Tyson Blanquart Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:31
Makino sings of a love lost, but it appears that she is the dump-er rather than the dump-ee.
Written by Joseph O'Fallon Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:08
Mr. Quintron—or Robert Rolston to those who knew him in Florissant—provides a basic, plain-structured EP with music that is anything but bland.
Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 16 April 2007 15:33
A double-disc comprised of previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of songs, and studio brainstorming, The Bottom Half reveals why Umphrey's McGee is one of the most intriguing rock bands in today's music scene, not just in the jam world.
Written by Jim Dunn Monday, 16 April 2007 15:22
It's all lies. It's that kind of lynch-mob mentality that always wants someone's head to roll—that's the angry mob. And, to be honest, it just sounded really cool."
Written by Nick Main Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:49
When you look back to his last album, the two tracks RJD2 sang on are some of the best songs on the album. The simple lyrics were charming; here they're embarrassing. What went wrong?
Written by Amanda Pelle Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:33
From the phobia of hospitals to the semi-vacant observations of the "artsy" nature of a porno flick, the Saps deliver their punk-funk message with a tap-your-feet-happy tempo.
Written by Joseph O'Fallon Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:25
At times, weak lyrics and the abundance of clichés are troubling; however, Ramesh's cool voice and the band's tight instrumentation combat lyrical flaws.
Written by David Lichius Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:11
As cool as it is for "Making Love" to see a second life, it is rather disappointing that it does not come with any extras.
Written by Dave Jasmon Sunday, 15 April 2007 14:01
We got into music to change the world, you know? To change everything. And we're still of that opinion, but you can't really force that upon anybody, that thought. We're just trying to figure out what's best for us, and what's best for us is to live in the world the way we want to live, the best we can, and let everyone else breathe.
Written by Christopher Sewell Sunday, 15 April 2007 13:37
"Because I spend so much time making music, I'd much rather watch some sort of art films or go see some architecture or other kind of cultural stuff that doesn't really relate to what I do."
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 15 April 2007 12:52
On repeated listens, the once charming title track comes off as a watered-down ripoff of an earlier generation (Reagonomics, anyone?), despite the fact that Scott Rinning's vocals really are quite versatile and beautiful.
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 15 April 2007 12:43
Durham's voice—stark, lonely, aching—is spot-on against bare-bones accompaniment. When he sings counterpoint with himself on vocals, it's pure heaven.
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 15 April 2007 12:40
The more I listen to The Cost, the more I have realized this: My life is the Frames, at times spiraling wildly, deliciously, passionately out of control, only to be reigned back in and tamed.
Written by Sam Levy Wednesday, 11 April 2007 14:10
For every Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin there are a hundred Syl Johnsons, a big name if you know soul, a "No, I don't think I ever heard of him," if you don't.
Written by Andy Herrin Monday, 09 April 2007 15:56
Six a.m. came too soon this morning. After our drunken graveyard party last night, we are all exhausted, but still in good spirits.
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:42
A blend of live DJ sets, band performance, and cabaret in an irresistible show of dance beats and theatricality
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:33
Auroras don't come with soundtracks, but if listeners could imagine themselves in Alaska staring at an iridescent sky, this would be the music playing in the background.
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:28
20-year-old Dave Mehling takes on the indie circuit with the help of his late uncle's battered Gibson guitar
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:24
Not far off, but not quite there yet, a look at another for Cave and Cohency
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:18
What listeners have with Summary is a raw, uncensored cut of what could certainly use some severe translation
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:14
A satisfying mix of discordant sounds, slurry lyricism, and frenetic chords
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:08
Jerk-funk candy fantasias with a dollop of homoeroticism
Written by David Lichius Monday, 09 April 2007 14:56
With ex-HV comrades Manolo Turner on drums and Travis Nelson handling the guitar duties, Other Men have turned away from the fractured and discordant heaviness of HV in favor of a decidedly more poppy and compact style.
Written by Jason Green Monday, 09 April 2007 14:50
The band's self-produced, self-released third album makes it clear that Minibar never needed a big label in the first place.
Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 09 April 2007 14:42
Kings of Leon still sound like no one else, mostly due to Caleb's literally instrumental vocals, but this is their first effort to see such decided growth.
Sunday, 08 April 2007 11:05
It's primarily instrumental, but with some kind of humming or background vocals on most of the tracks. This gives the album a unique flavor - sort of a mix of French soundtrack music and the lighter side of Chicago post-rock.
Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:54
Guitars dominate, but in an improvised, Interstellar Overdrive sort of way (in fact, the spirit of early Pink Floyd lurks among the drone and creative percussion of "Clear Cut"), leaving the blazingly off-kilter rhythm section to do oddly interesting things.
Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:51
Electrelane is an all-girl four-piece rock band, and this is their love song. What is immediately catchy is Verity Susman's hopeless tone in her vocals. The failed love and awkward desperation are so relatable, realistic, and accurate, the lyrics read like a diary.
Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:25
"The show," Loveless added, "encourages audience members to question everything, think for themselves, fuck the media, and create what they want."
Written by Amanda Pelle Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:13
Carey's radio-ready persona projects more than just a voice that could melt Antarctica; his boy-next-door baby face will surely win the hearts of a captivated audience in this eye-candy infatuated musical era.
Written by Amy Burger Saturday, 07 April 2007 16:00
"I guess I'm inescapably a product of the Midwest," he says. "There's an element of wanting to write about what you know about. St. Louis just has a character and a history that interests me and, also, is familiar with me."
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