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Internal Debate: Matisyahu, Light

Internal Debate: Matisyahu, Light

On the surface, it’s hard to believe a Hasidic Jewish rapper can create one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Then again, Matisyahu’s been turning heads since first debuting five years ago with Shake Off the Dust… Arise. In our latest Internal Debate – our series where we ask our Staff Writers for […]

Over the Rhine

Over the Rhine

Twenty years in, Linford Detweiler feels at ease in his artistic clothes. For good reason, since the Cincy resident’s melodies and lyrics are both best described as poetic. Along with the sonically seductive Karin Bergquist, Over the Rhine’s piano player draws the listener with compelling lines that strike the heart and the mind – their […]

Matthew Mayfield

Matthew Mayfield

The lyrics forced me to look twice, the melodies took notice but it was the voice that arrested. That voice. Of all the things going for Matthew Mayfield (and there are many), it’s the vocals above all that lift the singer/songwriter above the glut of choices existing in the genre. The gatekeepers of licensing apparently […]

Cursive

Cursive

Cursive knows how to survive. Since forming in 1995, the Nebraska-based, post-hardcore group has gone through far more turmoil than the average rock band, enduring line up changes, breakups and the always ambiguous status of “indefinite hiatus.” So, when founding drummer Clint Schnase parted ways with the band in 2007, though it shook the band […]

Viva Voce

Viva Voce

We thought that Portland-based husband and wife duo Kevin and Anita Robinson, known collectively as Viva Voce, would find it hard to top Get Yr Blood Sucked Out, their critically acclaimed album from 2006. That was until we listened to its follow-up, Rose City, a tour de force collection of indie pop gems. For those […]

Say Hi

Say Hi

Eric Elbogen is in search of the perfect record. As an artist, the obvious question could be, “Who isn’t?” But few musicians are willing to log the hours and push the creative boundaries to the extent that Elbogen has displayed over the last few years as Say Hi. Oohs & Aahs, the latest from Say […]

Carbon Leaf

Carbon Leaf

Every now and then, Barry Privett and the rest of the guys known as Carbon Leaf rise to the surface. But mostly they live life under the radar of mainstream buzz and attention. The pop/rock sensibilities will never set the blogging world ablaze, nor will the release of Nothing Rhymes With Woman make a giant […]

ApSci

ApSci

The globally-influenced music of ApSci blends an always interesting fusion of synth-pop, hip-hop and dance floor rhythms. And if that sounds like a busy mix, that’s because it is. Raphael “Ra” Lamotta and his Dana Diaz-Tutaan made their first brushstrokes on the mainstream canvas with 2005’s Thanks For Asking on Quannum Projects, the impressive San […]

Ponytail

Ponytail

Baltimore art-school-founded band Ponytail isn’t the kind of group one could say, “Oh, I think I’ve heard their stuff before.” Nonsense. As thoroughly original as indisputably recognizable, once you hear Ponytail’s music you don’t second-guess the experience or forget how it makes you feel. Whether this means complete bewilderment, severe annoyance, a total embrace of […]

Fiery Furnaces

Fiery Furnaces

Matthew Friedberger wants you to think that he’s lazy, but don’t believe him. The Fiery Furnaces, Matthew’s band along with his sister Eleanor, stands as one of this decade’s most consistent outputs of indie rock, releasing an album every year since their 2003 debut, Gallowsbird’s Bark. Seven years — and albums — later, the sibling […]