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Opio

Opio

Since the early ’90s, the Hieroglyphics crew – consisting of Del, Souls of Mischief, Casual and Pep Love – have been an integral part of the underground Hip-Hop scene, providing the music world with their own unique brand of west coast flair. With so many different members in the crew, it should prove difficult to […]

Various Artists – Ten Out Of Tenn

Various Artists – Ten Out Of Tenn

I have to admit that I was really excited about this one. Perhaps that’s because I live in Nashville and am a big fan of the more or less under-the-radar indie/alternative music scene that we have here. Another contributing factor to my excitement could have been that the first Ten out of Tenn compilation, released […]

The Old Believers – Eight Golden Greats

The Old Believers – Eight Golden Greats

What do we do with something that is gorgeous and almost even ideal but sounds or looks or smells or seems to imitate another, thus eliminating itself as an ideal? Does the work in question become superfluous? Immaterial? But in the works’ (and all works’) defense: Is David Copperfield all that different from The Odyssey? […]

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

I was a little hesitant to see Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I believed it to be a formulaic high school love story that involved music. It was and it wasn’t. Directed by Peter Sollet and based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, it’s funny, sometimes awkward, and probably the best music-centered […]

Music Fest Northwest

Music Fest Northwest

How do you go about planning a 4-day post-summer music festival in the 2nd rainiest metropolitan area in the United States? Well, for starters, how about having it inside? Good idea. After Labor Day, everyone is back to school and/or work; are they supposed to ditch? How about starting the shows around 5:30pm? Cool. Music […]

I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in the ’60s

I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in the ’60s

Say what you like about James Brown, there’s no denying the man was a badass. With his rubbery legs and well-oiled pompadour, the Godfather of Soul dominated the stage in a way that few performers can. And the measure of his influence can be seen simply from the sheer number of trademark one-liners he left […]

Mojack – The Metal Years

Mojack – The Metal Years

Before the days of Ryan Adams, there was a fellow named Greg Ginn who wasn’t adverse to putting out a lot of things in a small period of time. Back in 1984, a time of turmoil when Reagan was getting re-elected, Bob Dylan was being religious, and my dutiful parents were conceiving me, Black Flag […]

Jambang – Connecting

Jambang – Connecting

NOTE: This review was written from the perspective of someone who breaks out into hives whenever he has to listen to “jam bands.” I will not pretend to be unbiased. Once upon a time, there was a fellow named Greg Ginn who revolutionized underground rock multiple times. First, he set trends with Black Flag, touring […]

Kristoffer Ragnstam – Wrong Side of the Room

Kristoffer Ragnstam – Wrong Side of the Room

If you love, just love great indie pop, you would more than likely love Sweden. Sweden boasts some of the greatest pop talent to ever emerge starting with ABBA. The Cardigans, Peter, Bjorn and John, Kent, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Wannadies (wrote “You and Me,” the annoyingly infectious pop song on the Romeo and […]

Jem – Down To Earth

Jem – Down To Earth

As a writer, I am fascinated by words, especially the way in which they can combine to create meaning. If these words and their combinations mean several things at once, that’s all the better. Such is the case on a number of occasions throughout Jem’s second album, Down To Earth. The title suggests pragmatism and […]