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Setting Sun

Setting Sun

Darkly original and dreamlike, Children of the Wild is earthy, yet spiritual. Gary Levitt, the man behind Setting Sun, shows his deep thought process in this third effort from the band. Gary and a rotating cast of musicians including Erica Quitzow, from the band Quitzow, play on this album. There are layers of folk, indie […]

All Points West Music and Arts Festival

All Points West Music and Arts Festival

Walking into Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, I felt like I had entered a secret city of self-expression. The first things to notice about All Points West Music and Arts Festival were the aforementioned “arts,” which highlighted the festival in their originality and surreal quality. My favorite was the misting area, where […]

Earlimart

Earlimart

For all reasonable purposes, Earlimart should not be as viable as they are in 2008. The band has hovered around the peripheral in the giant radar of bands-to-watch for about four years now, beginning in 2003 when the band (then a three-piece, but now a duo solely comprised of Aaron Espinoza and partner Ariana Murray) […]

Like Dogs

Like Dogs

Between their funky rhythms, nihilistic humor, and wigged-out compositional style, this Texas-based trio is clearly not gunning for widespread acceptance. In fact, there are moments when they don’t seem terribly concerned about anyone’s acceptance. Throughout The Hit-Tooth Chronicles, Like Dogs navigates a strange and disturbing musical landscape which provides a harrowing glimpse into their solipsistic […]

Sonya Kitchell

Sonya Kitchell

In one of the great films of our time, cuisine critic Anton Ego states “In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write […]

Boredoms

Boredoms

In an obscure interview from 1994, Dead Kennedys founder Jello Biafra was asked to discuss his international collection of odd and eccentric music. In reference to his records from Japan , Biafra expressed a fascination with their relative extremity. For reasons unknown, Japan seems to spawn musicians who take their musical proclivities to the absolute […]

Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me

Nashville’s Rocketown is a funny little place. Well, not “little”, exactly. It’s a 40,000 square foot, smoke- and alcohol-free mega-plex founded by Christian music icon Michael W. Smith and a few others in downtown Nashville as a “culturally relevant, eternally significant” place to skate, hang, and catch a show, like, say, Swedish melodeath stalwarts In […]

James

James

In the insular world of American pop culture, many believe James to be the one-hit-wonder who crafted 1993’s sexually liberating single “Laid.” However, James has actually been around since 1981 and was originally signed to Factory Records out of Manchester, also the label of Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays. The band struggled through […]

The Enemy UK

The Enemy UK

The Enemy U.K. is blowing up the British scene and they have now decided to “tap into America.” We Live and Die in These Towns debuted at the top of the U.K. charts and this success is accompanied with much praise and high hopes of being the next Oasis. They’ve got the look and the […]

Sunfold – Toy Tugboats

Sunfold – Toy Tugboats

Sunfold is Annuals reshuffled with Kenny Florence heading the deck. The bands are calling Sunfold the sister band of Annuals, and like many sisters I know, one is more interesting than the other. Simply put, Toy Tugboats is splattered with influences and has nothing to do musically with Annuals. Let me say one thing first […]