Written by David Lichius Monday, 04 December 2006 13:56
The Life and Times are still entrenched in deceptively mellow rock with plenty of spacey elements.
Written by Tyson Blanquart Monday, 04 December 2006 13:48
It feels epic in scale, even though its only five minutes long. And the twisted, carnival-like breakdown in the middle of the song must be what going crazy sounds like.
Written by Elizabeth Feldman Monday, 04 December 2006 13:42
I actually thought the CD player had gotten stuck and I had been listening to the same song repeating.
Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 04 December 2006 13:37
Call it a comeback album if you like, but Trail of Dead continues to dominate 12 years after their formation on their fifth LP, and in many ways shows new signs of growth.
Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 04 December 2006 13:32
With Jack Black on vocals and Kyle Gass on guitar, the band takes down the Devil once again.
Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 04 December 2006 13:29
The best part of Ys is the lasting effect. The more you listen, the more you uncover and appreciate her sophisticated lyrics.
Written by Jason Green Monday, 04 December 2006 13:23
By expanding to include McLachlan's complete setlist for the tour (recorded at the final two-night stand in Portland, Ore., in the spring of 1998), this collection gives a broader picture of McLachlan's career by dipping back to her 1989 debut Touch and its 1991 follow-up Solace, as well as enhancing the live feel by including more audience cheering and stage banter.
Written by Kevin Huelsmann Monday, 04 December 2006 13:16
The songs sound like they're from some unknown past. You can never quite place it, though. There isn't a concrete tie to anything.
Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 04 December 2006 13:06
This is the second album from the nu-folkers that back in 2004 put out Through the Sun Door, a collection of six wonderful songs including the pleasantly repetitious "One Note" and one of my favorite tracks of 2004, "Keeping the Wolves From the Door."
Written by Chris Schott Thursday, 30 November 2006 02:20
With two drummers, a flute, horns, keyboards, three guitars, just about every member supplying percussion and vocals, the sound the band produces easily becomes that of a small orchestra, sonically shattering those other quiet, more down-to-earth indie bands.
Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Wednesday, 29 November 2006 16:00Finn sets the energy level at every show, serving as the focal point for the band's maelstrom. In interviews, however, he and Kubler seem to trade personas. Finn comes across as laconic and easy-going, Kubler as giddy and talkative.
Written by Nick Peill Wednesday, 29 November 2006 08:37
Anglo-Icelandic electronic/indie quartet Fields came to America for a week of shows, video shoots, oversized meal portions, and drives along the Coast. We asked Nick Peill (vocals, guitar, keyboards) to keep track of the band's exploits. Following is his impression of the exploits of himself and bandmates Torunn Antonia (vocals, keyboards), Henry Spenner (drums, vocals), Mattie Derham (bass, keyboards, vocals), and Jamie Putnam (guitar). Fields' debut EP, 7 From the Village, came out this summer.
Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 29 November 2006 04:17
Devine bares his political teeth on "The Burning City Sweet," opening with "Forty million refugees with no place on this earth to call home" before revealing America's secret weapon: "Atlas had those shoulders/ we've got Ambien and Jamison's and blow."
Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 29 November 2006 04:05
If the aim of an EP is to whet appetites for more, then this self-titled disc has certainly done its job, and more. I can't wait to catch the live show.
Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 29 November 2006 03:25
It's always about a feeling, isn't it? If you feel something is not right, you don't do it. And if something feels right and someone puts a great idea forward, then you embrace it and you try and make it your own; you develop it. With the music side of things, we all write songs anyways, so we all know how a song works, 'cause we all know how a good song sounds and ways to reach it up a bit.
Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 29 November 2006 02:54
"Personally, I think if you're a person that is driven to do something, it's often impossible to describe why. I just know that I wake up every day with my stomach nervous and my hands jittery. I can't turn off the drive to write songs and play music. Ridiculous as it may be, that's how it is."
Written by Joe O'Fallon Sunday, 26 November 2006 15:16
After the amazing "When You're Not Around," Boyskout tackles "The Model" from Kraftwerk's album The Man-Machine, to good result. Boyskout manages to stay true to the song's original instrumentation, while at the same time bringing it up to date by decreasing the role of Kraftwerk's synthesizer.
Written by Brian McClelland Friday, 24 November 2006 16:00
"Marriage dealt with a crumbling relationship and all of the depression, resignation, and quiet hope that consumes you in that situation. Most of the writing on Empathy is coming out of [singer/guitarist Joey Lemon's] first year of a Masters in Counseling program."
Written by Jason Green Sunday, 19 November 2006 09:45
Rarely do albums come more generic and underwhelming than this New Jersey group's debut.
Written by Kaylen Hoffman Sunday, 19 November 2006 09:38
Some of their music is reminiscent of the soundtrack from O Brother Where Art Thou?: there's a more rootsy substance lurking behind the Strokes-esque lyrics and Jeff Buckley-like wailings.
Sunday, 12 November 2006 17:00
Harvey had some 60 songs to choose from and the collection is fairly balanced, offering listeners a chance to hear her perform live versions of album and unreleased cuts as well as the classic "Wang Dang Doodle."
Written by Jeremy Goldmeier Saturday, 11 November 2006 08:55
If Colin Meloy serves as the director, playwright, and lead performer of the Portland, Ore.-based Decemberists' jolly troupe, then the crack team of instrumentalists that backs him up must be the criminally underappreciated group of techies.
Written by David Lichius Saturday, 11 November 2006 08:45
With a sprawling nature in both length and sound, Isis has created a bridge between those who wouldn't touch anything metal and those who would avoid any record that sniffs of indie.
Written by Chris Schott Saturday, 11 November 2006 08:27
Almost gospel in nature, the songs are quite uplifting. Also, if you're into this kind of thing, a hint of spiritual desperation and a yearn for direction seems to live in Beckler's words. But for those who have had this cup of tea before, Beckler is only skin deep.
Written by Dave Jasmon Saturday, 11 November 2006 08:18
Not coincidentally, my research determined that "Okonokos" is representative of a Hawaiian word for an unusually docile species of a bear with a growl that's so soothing, it lulls intruders and/or prey into a meditative, almost trans-like, state.
Written by David Lichius Saturday, 11 November 2006 08:07
Unifying Themes Redux provides 17 tracks that highlight a young Botch on its path of becoming one of the most influential post-hardcore/metal bands of recent memory.
Written by Joe O'Fallon Friday, 10 November 2006 03:14
The EP demonstrates a sophisticated sound and also exposes lyrical weaknesses.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 10 November 2006 03:09
With the proper intent, strain, and dedication, a good pop musician can eventually break your heart.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 15:01
"I don't have a very strong voice," she says. "I think limiting myself to what I'm capable of really was better than pushing myself to try and sing with a growl or with a lot of breath behind it. So I think that it ended up being far better to build upon what some people would consider a weakness and turn it into a strength."
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 12:04
While Tea Leaf Green clearly draws on this blueprint for success in a jam scene where receptiveness is relatively stable and open-minded, they do so without any overt mimicry of their predecessors.
Written by Joe O'Fallon Monday, 06 November 2006 15:00
The Long Blondes are a modern-day band. They release songs as they create them. It doesn't matter if you listen to them out of order.
Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 06 November 2006 10:55
The surface sparkle of the music is always an invitation to go deeper, where melancholy thoughts and joyful reverie occur in equal measure.
Written by Chris Schott Saturday, 28 October 2006 09:06
At least there is consistency between the band's image and its music.
Written by James McAnally Saturday, 28 October 2006 05:22
Coney Island Baby announced Lou Reed as a career artist, skirting on the edge of avant-pop: palatable, yet still provocative to mainstream America.
Written by Chris Schott Saturday, 28 October 2006 05:19
The very next track, "Canyon," carries the same feel of vocal dryness and sloping manner from Buckner, but the music gives the style new life, forcing a new outlook upon listeners who may fear a monotonous record.
Written by Kevin Renick Saturday, 28 October 2006 05:16
For some reason, I kept seeing brown while listening to these ten songs: the brown of muddy rivers, desert sand, a full glass of whiskey, the color of a tavern wall...
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