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Roger O’Donnell

Roger O’Donnell

Giving in was not an issue. Serving as The Cure’s keyboardist, Roger O’Donnell felt backed into a corner, moving from making genre-defining records to becoming “the world’s best Cure tribute band.” Since the machine was responsible for neutering the band’s creativity, O’Donnell decided enough was enough and left the band to pursue music he could […]

Parts & Labor

Parts & Labor

Parts & Labor could be the post-apocalyptic punk rock prophets of our time. The Receivers album cover art says it all. The constructionist behemoth it depicts roams the wastelands of earth taking ruin and decay and repurposing it into life-giving squares of color. Call it the anti-Tarkus. Except Parts & Labor don’t consider themselves a […]

Denison Witmer

Denison Witmer

Listening to singer-songwriter Denison Witmer’s seventh album, Carry The Weight, is like hearing a loved one’s encouragement through everyday hardships. Witmer channels the tenderness and honesty of ’70s musicians like Jackson Browne, Carol King, and Leonard Cohen, laying bare his worries while reminding himself to appreciate the bigger picture. Witmer’s soft, thoughtful acoustic melodies have […]

Low vs. Diamond

Low vs. Diamond

They began as a jam band and ended up named after an argument with someone’s girlfriend. When all is said and done, they also released one of 2008’s greatest debut albums. Low vs. Diamond added members and changed styles until finally settling on the five-piece epic rock sound, but all the back and forth forged […]

Psapp

Psapp

Psapp, the duo comprised of Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant, probably love experimentation as much as any chemist. They consistently mix standard instruments with “found” percussion pieces and such, to create music that is truly unique. Their latest work, The Camel’s Back, inches up the volume, and tones down the electronics heard on previous releases. […]

Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio

Matt Skiba doesn’t internally feel like the Alkaline Trio is a pioneering act. But judging by the external evidence – the number of bands claiming Alkaline as an influence, the longevity, two career compilations – it’s hard to argue with the facts. After well over a decade of work, the Chicago-based threesome finally landed on […]

Spokane

Spokane

For the past 10 years, Rick Alverson has created pastoral soundscapes that completely crawl under the radar of nearly every music publication or website available. This seems impossible given the number of blogs, webzines, print mags and regional outlets available for bands, but it only shows the current glut of DIYers trying to make a […]

Chali 2na

Chali 2na

The tidal waves of conscious, intelligent hip-hop continue to take more ground along the musical coastline each year, displaying a growing trend for urban artists and listeners longing for something brighter than bling and more meaningful than the mainstream’s shallow tendencies. We applaud that movement as the medium allows for beautiful statements to be made […]

Driving on City Sidewalks

Driving on City Sidewalks

It doesn’t matter how flooded the music market gets these days, there’s hardly a greater feeling than stumbling upon a brand new band. Maybe some blog somewhere beat you to the buzz. Perhaps all your friends already have it on their playlists. You don’t care. You know that you struck musical oil, Daniel Plainview style, […]

Von Bondies

Von Bondies

There’s the much publicized drama with Jack White. There’s the personal issues, such as divorced, described to us by vocalist and songwriter Jason Stollsteimer. There’s the label woes and legal frustrations. There’s the sudden halt of a successful touring season in 2005 that lost all momentum gained by one of Detroit Rock City’s finest: the […]