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The Champion & His Burning Flame

The Champion & His Burning Flame

Dave Arnold is in a band, a band with a great name. He is a member of the Nashville-based quartet The Champion and His Burning Flame. And, while the name alone might be enough to catch someone’s attention, the band’s music — a blend of breathy Elliot Smith inspired vocals, contemplative lyrics, and dynamic acoustic […]

Internal Debate: Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest

Internal Debate: Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest

From one Staff Writer calling it the strongest contender for Album of the Year to another calling it lukewarm at best, Grizzly Bear’s latest, Veckatimest, has people talking and serves as a prime example of why Internal Debate is necessary. The Stereo Subversion series has looked at several albums – from The Decemberists’ Hazards of […]

Mute Math

Mute Math

No, really. This time for sure. Mute Math is seriously done with their sophomore LP. After three years, the follow-up to 2006′s self-titled debut (which itself endured a waiting game) is finally mixed, mastered and slated for a late summer/early fall release. Of course, who knows whether or not a date will even stick at […]

Wild Light

Wild Light

I’ve never heard an artist admit they weren’t ready yet. “Too much, too soon” is how Jordan Alexander puts it. And it’s understandable. The New Hampshire indie rock band Wild Light impressed the right people in the early going, placing them on stages with LCD Soundsystem, The Stills and finally Arcade Fire, just as they […]

Loney Dear

Loney Dear

When I spoke with Emil Svanängen, mastermind behind the indie folk/pop group Loney Dear, the native from Jonkoping, Sweden was in the middle of headlining his North American tour. Svanängen says so far, the road has been tough – but a broken-down tour van and the unfortunate absence of his band at a Chicago show […]

Husband&Wife

Husband&Wife

Within one of the nation’s burgeoning musical hotbeds lies a little promising label that carries several waiting-to-be-discovered gems on its roster. It’s a musical microcosm that seems destined to explode. And, if it does, the reason is the hard rock and perseverance of a man named Mike Adams. Mike runs Crossroads of America Records, the […]

David Wilcox

David Wilcox

David Wilcox has been creating gentle, but intelligent folk music since the late ‘80s. His latest CD, Open Hand, reflects an optimism inspired by a new presidential administration, against the largely negative backdrop of our recession-shackled contemporary world. Wilcox’s songs address both the wider world and his own inner thoughts. And some of the best […]

ID: Akron Family, Set ‘Em Wild…

ID: Akron Family, Set ‘Em Wild…

For those new to the fold, Internal Debate is Stereo Subversion’s attempt to help solve the quandary of reviewing art. After all, what is subjective should not be subject to critique, at least according to definitions alone. Yet that won’t stop the machine from churning out the “best of” and “worst of” lists that we’re […]

Deastro

Deastro

First things first: Deastro and I have a bit of history. Randolph Chabot Jr., the ultra-talented experimental pop-mastermind behind the moniker, once played at a house show I set up back in Ann Arbor, Michigan — ah, the college days… We’ve kept in loose contact ever since. When my editor Matt Conner asked me about […]

Anathallo

Anathallo

Late last year, a beautiful little album released to some critical acclaim and fanfare, but just might have become lost in the shuffle of year-end responsibilities, higher profile releases and the like. Of course, for hardcore Anathallo fans, the reality of Canopy Glow was hardly a humble event. But outside the Chicago folk/pop collective’s fans, […]