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The Delta Fiasco

The Delta Fiasco

There comes a point where one has to put their Converse-clad foot down and shout “Alright, enough with these mash-up, made-up-on-the-spot hyphenated subgenres!” And while critics like myself can take a fair share of the blame for perpetrating this kind of ten-genres-in-one-word nonsense, it has to stop somewhere. Case in point: Blogcritics seems perfectly content […]

Wild Sweet Orange

Wild Sweet Orange

Perhaps it was hearing their “Land of No Return” on the wildly popular Grey’s Anatomy or catching a glimpse of their recent performance on David Letterman. Whatever it may be, the name Wild Sweet Orange is rolling off the tongues of indie rock lovers who are anxiously awaiting the release of the band’s debut LP, […]

Evangelista

Evangelista

Helmed by the confounding, prolific, avant-garde songstress, Carla Bozulich, Evangelista delivers dark, puzzling songscapes which invoke what it must feel like being sucked into a fiendish whirlpool. Bozulich has played in a duo with guitar improvisational mad man Nels Cline, Silver Mount Zion and also strangely and completely reinterpreting Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger in […]

Silver Summit

Silver Summit

I can only interpret this album as a Westerner approaches a foreign culture. There is a fascination with the strange sounds that seem only describable as “foreign,” “experimental,” or the all-encompassing nomenclature “other.” But what one must keep in mind is that folk music does not exclusively exist in America. When we think of folk […]

Unicycle Loves You

Unicycle Loves You

The Midwest, particularly Illinois, has a reputation for being home to musicians who make powerfully pop-filled music. Rockford, IL, for example, is known to be the birthing ground of one Cheap Trick, a quartet who fused together a keen, Beatles-esque sense of melody with enough raw wattage to power Soldier Field on classic albums such […]

Human Lanterns

Human Lanterns

Human Lanterns is one of those films that has a small and scattered number of minor accomplishments here and there, but none of which lend themselves to making the film itself good. It’s what many film snobs and even regular people call a “mess.” It’s from Shaw Brothers, so you can expect a good amount […]

Wilco

Wilco

It was a sweltering August night and everyone was moving a little slower through the thick heat. As the crowd slowly trudged into the venue you could hear music beginning to play. This was a first for me, I rarely attend a show that starts on time let alone starts early. As we approached the […]

The Fiery Furnaces

The Fiery Furnaces

Studies have shown that women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average female amassing approximately 20,000 words per day – nearly 13,000 more than the average male. Dr. Luan Brizendine, in her book The Female Mind, also found that women speak more quickly, devote more brainpower to chit-chat, and actually get […]

Delicious Vinyl All-Stars

Delicious Vinyl All-Stars

The very title of this CD gives you some indication of how old these tracks are. Yes, boys and girls, these are rap tunes from way back in the vinyl days. This was long before rappers learned to build their audience by selling compilation CDs out of the trunks of their cars. But more important […]

Summer Darling

Summer Darling

The obvious theme of Good Feeling, Summer Darling’s second of three EPs to be released this year, is a young man’s conflict with ‘the church.’ And not ‘the church’ like Catholic church or jumping-up-and-down-in-the-aisle church. We’re talking ‘the church’ like the kind where the pastor wears jeans and the song lyrics are on Powerpoint. Think […]