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Santogold

Santogold

Santogold seems to be a name accompanied by a lot of hype. But it has been proven to be justifiable nonetheless. Some of the names that have worked with Santogold bring up all kinds of stigmas. Bad Brains, Ashlee Simpson, Steel Pulse, Spank Rock, Switch and Freq Nasty represent one hell of a plethora of […]

Sixpence None the Richer – My Dear Machine EP

Sixpence None the Richer – My Dear Machine EP

Penners of “Kiss Me,” one of the last decade’s most recognizable songs, Sixpence None the Richer surprised legions of fans with the news of their break-up four years ago. Long-time fans were heartbroken, while newer fans lamented what could have been. Now, Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum have reunited and released My Dear Machine EP. […]

One for the Team

One for the Team

Have you ever spent a large amount of time with a young child? Sure, they always start out fun, cute, and enjoyable. However, over time what made the child cute can become annoying. They repeat the things that are “cute” over and over again to the point that you just can’t take it anymore. This […]

Michael Dean Damron & Thee Loyal Bastards

Michael Dean Damron & Thee Loyal Bastards

First impressions: this CD is just about as annoying as rush-hour traffic in the slow lane. It might as well be called “Drunken Barn Dance, Volume XIVII” – it’s a bunch of harmonicas, reverb-soaked leftover blues riffs, odes to moonshine and heaven (that’s what they talk about down in Dixie!), and a frontman that sounds […]

The Slants

The Slants

I’m not sure how many of the ‘music critic’ ilk actually play music. I’ll refrain from judging, with the exception of this small, hopefully non-judgmental observation: damn few. Musicians are a peculiar lot: they are apt to be overly analytical in the way they listen to music. One study – one I certainly can’t substantiate, […]

The Watson Twins

The Watson Twins

The cover of Jenny Lewis’s, of the alt-country pop quartet Rilo Kiley, first solo record, Rabbit Fur Coat, is distinctive for many reasons. But amongst the two are Chandra Watson and her twin sister, Leigh. While Lewis, looking sad and vulnerable, stares straight at the viewer, almost daring them to look into her eyes, the […]

Capitol Hill Block Party – Day Two

Capitol Hill Block Party – Day Two

I walked through the gates of the Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday morning just as The Cave Singers were crooning “Seeds of Night,” their most recognizable tune thanks to impressive radio play on KEXP over the summer. I cruised the corners of Pike St. to the sound of the band’s rustic mountain man melodies […]

Timbre

Timbre

Ethereal recordings are always the hardest to evaluate. The term itself means “of the ether,” as though listening to it makes you feel like you’ve been gassed. And the music does have a mildly intoxicating effect to it. On the downside, though, much of it sounds the same, which may explain why the artists who […]

Paul Westerberg

Paul Westerberg

“I never liked being part of a group or a team or anything. I want no part of it… I like to be alone and have my own idea.” -Paul Westerberg, 1984 Despite inexplicable urgings by music fans to take on a musical/business relationship with Guns ‘n’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson, Minnesotan visual artist Chris […]

Jon Foreman

Jon Foreman

Jon Foreman’s Summer EP is the final disc in the Switchfoot frontman’s solo seasonal endeavor. The acoustic collection features six tracks that meld together some eclectic influences with Foreman’s (now) usual indie-folk vibe. Lyrically, the disc is a surprisingly open reflection of Foreman’s views on spirituality. Unfortunately, blatant lyrics seem to be the only distinguishing […]