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."
Written by Bob McMahon Sunday, 01 April 2007 14:19
As on past releases, Serengeti is alternately political, abstract, hilarious, and goofy. He sounds equally convincing rapping cynical critiques as he does silly witticisms.
Written by Pete Wissinger Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:54
Levy has taken the atmosphere of Belle and Sebastian's If You're Felling Sinister and combined it with the feelings of the kid who got picked last for kickball.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:52
Havnevik has the touch, apparently, but knowing the little details about her past hardly prepares you for the vibrant, gorgeous sound of her debut.
Written by Amanda Pelle Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:29
At best, Taglieri's musical abilities, especially those portrayed in "Wide Awake & Dreaming," the album's namesake, might be suitable for a modern church choir.
Written by Dave Jasmon Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:23
One only needs to look to the masterful construction of "However Many Takes It Takes" to see that Heidinger feels the genre in his bones, as his learned tone confidently suggests that Vandaveer is worth a listen, that his stories are worth being heard.
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:37
In celebration of the group's 40th anniversary, Epic/Legacy Records has deemed it the right time to reissue Sly & The Family Stone's seven LPs, with the usual digital re-mastering, revised liner notes, and bonus tracks included. These new CD packages provide a thorough look at the birth and death of Sly Stone's American dream.
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:34
Three Pieces wanders between atmosphere and thrash, the three members providing a formidable aural assault.
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:26
While the occasional finger-picked acoustic guitar comes through crystal clear, every other instrument is drenched in echo, including Scott Vitt's everyman vocals.
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:20
The band chooses its battles wisely as, for once, marimbas and vibes are used apporpriately.
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:15
Apparently, "twee" is "known for simple, sweet melodies and lyrics, often combined with jangling guitars."
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 12:56
The music itself isn't really good by any means, but it makes a statement - probably. It's fast, it's loud, it's, like, "totally hardcore, dude."
Written by Jason Green Monday, 26 March 2007 13:45
"On Your Level," the second track on Never Been Better, has the underdog anthem qualities of classic Replacements, Matt Marka singing in a rough-throated howl over guitars that have the wild fury of Bob Stinson but the lo-fi buzz of Hüsker Dü-era Bob Mould.
Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 26 March 2007 08:43
Pocket Symphony is eminently listenable, as long as you're not expecting to rock out or looking for retreads of "Moon Safari."
Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 March 2007 08:25
Hammond proves plenty capable, suggesting that it may be time for Casablancas to loosen the band's collaborative strings.
Written by Joe O'Fallon Monday, 26 March 2007 08:14
In the "Sally's Song" version (which lyrics I prefer) and the album version, teenage boys "too scared to own up to one little lie" confuse Leslie.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 23 March 2007 03:48
While Bird's live performances serve as a landscape for rewriting his songs, as well as artistic experimentation, the 33-year-old Illinoisan has found stability in the studio, a place where his beauteous forms and melodies come to harbor.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 23 March 2007 03:37
On "Parting of the Sensory," a sleepy acoustic is held up by rhythmic claps before jumping into a hoot-and-holler romp, and "We've Got Everything" employs Mercer's yelp to bring the album's most danceable song a little light-hearted charm.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 15:24
Admittedly they have dropped some rather forgetful releases in their history, but picking out which records are their worst (my vote goes for 2002's TA) is liable to stir up arguments voicing the exact opposite opinion. Also, simply describing the band without disagreements is a true rarity. Welcome to the world of the Trans Am fan.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 15:12
The pair have sold millions of records between them, Shaw as the singer/guitarist of Styx and the writer of all that band's best songs ("Renegade," for example) and Blades as the singer/bassist of hair band giants Night Ranger, but neither has had a hit since 1 B.C. (Before Cobain), making a grasp at recapturing their glory with a covers album pretty much an inevitability.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:58
If his new band's debut album is any indication, Blink bassist Mark Hoppus didn't take the breakup all that well. "Please understand/ This isn't just goodbye/ This is I can't stand you" he wails on the dark "No, It Isn't."
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:43
Refreshingly, the Greencards are neither hidebound by bluegrass traditions nor divorced from them. Combining Anglo and American, folk and popular, the separate influences upon their sound are apparent but never dominant.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:36
Released much later than originally anticipated, the Noisette's first LP is a truly a priceless pearl embedded into a normal-looking oyster.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:31
Their undeniable talent gives them accessibility to a plethora of musical opportunities.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:25
Lead singer Michael Shepard confusingly ooohs and aaahs for about a minute, then returns to the chorus.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:19
I like it in the way I like Green Day: it's OK to listen to once or twice, but after that, I get a little overwhelmed by the brutality of what might have otherwise been a perfectly soothing song.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:14
Many Sound of Silver songs have strong lyrical content, which is pretty impressive for a dance-punk album, and an improvement from the debut - though don't expect poetry.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:09
The album starts off with its best song, "Glueman," a fantastic Fender Rhodes-driven number that bops along, getting progressively better as it goes. In this writer's opinion, this was one of the best singles of last year.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:04
It's tasteful but not terribly innovative; sweet but never cloying; endearing and enjoyable.
Written by Angie Glover Monday, 12 March 2007 03:23
We're ex-art students. We're not selling enough records to make a living. We're not on the radio, so OK, give us money and exposure.
Written by Paul John Little Monday, 12 March 2007 03:02
Neon Bible is to the '00s what Radiohead's OK Computer was to the '90s. Quite simply, it captures the zeitgeist as only a few pieces of popular music have ever managed to do.
Written by Kevin Renick Sunday, 11 March 2007 11:17
The nice balance between the clean guitars and Zac Young's cool drumming on "No Stars" serves as a perfect setting for Taylor's soft, organically pure voice.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 02 March 2007 09:08
Imagine if Oasis and the Libertines had a baby, and that baby didn't think he was the greatest thing in the world. That baby would probably like Hats Off to the Buskers.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 02 March 2007 09:02
The Fratellis embrace what most young bands try so hard to ignore: their hooky instincts.
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