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Prince Fatty – Survival of the Fattest

Prince Fatty – Survival of the Fattest

Prince Fatty is a one-off reggae project birthed from geeky music industry admiration of the genre, specifically British producer Mike Pelanconi. In his “Prince Fatty” alter ego Pelanconi assembled an all star cast of players to channel their roots and virtuosity. It’s a dubious beginning, one that threatens to devolve into side project studio wankery, […]

Juliana Hatfield

Juliana Hatfield

My initial memories of Ms. Hatfield were of her turn as rebellious lunch lady Emma on The Adventures of Pete and Pete, still perhaps the best show to watch if you (still) believe (alternative) rock and roll can save the world. It featured appearances by Michael Stipe, Marshall Crenshaw, and Iggy Pop, in addition to […]

Norma Jean

Norma Jean

Oh, yes, the great and mighty Norma Jean are back. For a band that at times has been accused of copycatting, they’ve reached a level of revered-ness in the hardcore scene that resembles another band of occasional plagiarizers: Led Zeppelin. Yes, we’re talking all-time greats here, and it might be argued that over the albums […]

Elsiane – Hybrid

Elsiane – Hybrid

Does Canada even have summer? As a child in Texas, I used to imagine our rough-hewn Northern neighbor full of thick, ice-shagged pines, teeming with wolves and their natural prey: fur trappers. Nearly two decades later, I stand ready to enter my last boyish, Jack London-esque fantasies about Canada. Along comes Montreal-based Elsiane and a […]

Buxton – A Family Light

Buxton – A Family Light

It is truly satisfying to hear a band develop from one album to the next. On their second effort, A Family Light, La Porte, Texas four-piece Buxton have done just that, providing a textbook example of sonic evolution. Listen to Buxton’s self-released debut Red Follows Red, then spin A Family Light. The difference is remarkable […]

Obscured By Clouds – Psycheclectic

Obscured By Clouds – Psycheclectic

Since kindergarten, we are taught not to judge a book by its cover. Usually, this is sound advice; more than once have I picked up a handsomely-covered Cosmopolitan magazine only to find that “101 Sex Tips to Try TONIGHT” was not, in fact, the literary masterpiece I was hoping for. Therefore, upon seeing the cover […]

The Lord Dog Bird

The Lord Dog Bird

The Lord Dog Bird is interesting, as side projects go. It’s a lucid, moody reflection by Collin McCann, guitarist for post-punk band Wilderness, featuring serrated-edge but subtle guitar sounds with plodding rhythm. About side projects, they usually fit into two types: the one-offs that stand alone to document the artist at a moment in time, […]

Y-Love

Y-Love

If there is such a thing as an emerging global culture, then Y-Love could someday become its spokesman. Y-Love is the stage name of Yitzchak Jordan, a half Black, half Puerto Rican rapper who is also a devout Orthodox Jew. The Brooklyn-based performer converted to Judaism early in life and has kept its tenets ever […]

Amos Lee

Amos Lee

Even up to the point of walking into the old movie theater that has been converted into a music venue, I was unsure of what to expect from tonight’s Amos Lee show. In all honesty it had been awhile since I had intently followed what he had been doing musically for the past couple of […]

Bauhaus

Bauhaus

If goth fans love Bauhaus so much, it must be because the band keeps dying. Twenty-five years ago, when the foursome first called it quits, they did so just in time to save the band’s reputation. Bauhaus was quickly heading into the realm of slickly overproduced dance tracks, the kind that would have certainly defrocked […]