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What Laura Says

What Laura Says

Were ADD-addled musicians stealing their older sibling’s copies of Blueberry Boat in 2004? It’s a question that arises every time some sprightly young musical shape-shifters come along with an album that’s a hopelessly ebullient collection of sonic smorgasbords. It’s one that listeners will undoubtedly ask themselves over and over again as they listen to the […]

Head Like a Kite

Head Like a Kite

What do you get when you combine an indie-rock musician with a hip-hop aesthetic? I’m not talking about rap-rock as I was one of the many happy to see that genre meet its demise. Dave Einmo (formerly of Spyglass and Sushirobo), the brain behind Head Like a Kite, has the answer. Fusing electronic-progressive production with […]

The Octopus Project & The Diagonals

The Octopus Project & The Diagonals

Webster’s defines dissonance as “a mingling of discordant sounds.” It defines melody as “a sweet, agreeable arrangement of sounds.” Regardless of what I may have thought at the beginning of the evening, by the end of the night I understood that these were not mutually exclusive terms. Listening to The Diagonals and The Octopus Project, […]

Matthew Perryman Jones

Matthew Perryman Jones

Matthew Perryman Jones is not the most popular non-country singer/songwriter in Nashville. That honor vacillates between Andy Davis and Dave Barnes, mostly depending on who happens to be wearing hipper-looking clothes at the moment. But at any given moment, Mr. Jones is far better at what he does than either of those fellows (sorry ladies, […]

Oxford Collapse

Oxford Collapse

Alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. So sayeth wise philosopher Homer J. Simpson. But here’s the quandary. At what point does the combination of hops and barley stop acting as the former and start becoming the latter? Before I continue, I should say that this question does not apply to […]

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 […]