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The Best of Radiohead

The Best of Radiohead

Leave if to Radiohead to release not one, not two, but five version of their greatest hits compilation. The new Best Of series is available via digital download, vinyl, CD, special edition double disc set, and on DVD. The DVD features 21 music videos of Radiohead’s greatest hits mixed with unreleased experimental visuals for lesser […]

The John Henrys

The John Henrys

Wandering down a dusty road, with the only town within fifty miles at your back, it might ease your ears to hear a performance by The John Henrys spilling from the doorway to a low-lit saloon, coming into view with a name like the Rusty Boot or the Leather Spur sputtering on a small neon […]

Sybris

Sybris

Based on a few shifts in the greater cultural landscape, it would seem that most people these days have a massive hard-on for all things related to the ’90s. The impetus for such a revival is mostly cultural, and a little bit musical. I already went into detail about the decade’s comeback in my review […]

Tickle Me Pink

Tickle Me Pink

What is there to say about another emo rock album in the year 2008? How much was there left to say back in 2002? Why do bands insist on continually aping Finch when Finch was never that good in the first place? Why doesn’t anyone sound like Jawbreaker, Rainer Maria, and American Football anymore? How […]

Gregory Page

Gregory Page

If you’re going to be a singer/songwriter, there are a couple of things you need to have in your arsenal. First, you need a distinctive sound so that you don’t become just another struggling minstrel living off the meager tips at coffee houses. Second, your music should have a personality of its own, an essence […]

Jay Nash

Jay Nash

On one hand, Jay Nash sounds initially like every other folk pop artist you may have heard over the past ten or twenty years. And if you lumped him in with those artists and assumed he had nothing interesting to offer, you’d be wrong, since on the other hand he has a sound that’s at […]

Search the City

Search the City

Emo boys and girls rejoice—another band has joined the ranks of the music you love so much. Rock out to the cartoony guitar playing the same three chords you’ve heard dozens of other bands play before. Listen as the singer wails into the microphone when the tracks hit their painful crescendos. Sympathize with the poor […]

Sonny J

Sonny J

According to user-edited online encyclopedias, Sonny J is actually Sonnington James III, a native of Liverpool currently residing in Kent. Like most artists of the Internet Age, Sonny J’s first single “Can’t Stop Moving” made its debut online and jumped from MySpace to BBC Radio 1. The rest is history… sort of. Sonny J himself […]

The Swell Season: Live At The Artist’s Den

The Swell Season: Live At The Artist’s Den

In an interview given in January 2008 on National Public Radio’s “rock and roll talk show” “Sound Opinions” (hosted by Chicago music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot), Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová talked at length about the hype they’d found themselves in following their Oscar-winning performance in the independent film Once (2006, directed by […]

A Book of Bells

A Book of Bells

All the identifying information for this show is cumbersome, and much more detailed than what is needed to post a goddamn letter. I even considered throwing in the zip code, for good measure. There is a reason for this, though. We need to add context to this event. Let us break it down, yes? A […]