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Shopping – Consumer Complaints

Shopping – Consumer Complaints

The Raincoats’ hip factor was already established by the time Kurt Cobain wrote about his treasure hunt in London looking for a copy of their then long-out-of-print first album in the liner notes for Incesticide, but he certainly got their name into the brains of teenagers worldwide who surely hadn’t heard of them before. Though […]

DEATH – N.E.W.

DEATH – N.E.W.

If you weren’t paying attention to the music documentary scene in the past few years you may have missed Drafthouse Films’ essential documentary, A Band Called Death. (You have two hours to go watch it now. Go ahead, I’ll wait.) DEATH has waited for decades, the least you could do is carve out some of that time you set aside for […]

Shelby Lynne – I Can’t Imagine

Shelby Lynne – I Can’t Imagine

It’s been a long road for alt country artist Shelby Lynne but the past several years have shown that she’s finally arrived. With a GRAMMY under her belt and her last album Revelation Road garnering tons of critical acclaim, Lynne continues to press forward with her art, building on her prior success but not resting […]

Peter Matthew Bauer – Liberation!

Peter Matthew Bauer – Liberation!

Peter Matthew Bauer has waited for this moment in his musical career. Every word on Liberation! is an exalting cry to share the details of his childhood that came together to shape the thoughts of his everyday and every awry notions. But as a listener, you don’t have to be dragged down by the personal, […]

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson, the now-deposed king of shock rock, and Billy Corgan, the now-deposed king of alterna-rock, announced a joint tour together the other day. The two men have dubbed it, “The End of Times Tour”–fitting for so many reason than we could ever understand. Manson and Corgan are artists cut from the same gothic cloth; both […]

Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia

Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia

Using an approach that’s something like a twist on the Dolly Parton quote “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap,” Jacco Gardner employs a lot of new technology to make his songs sound so vintage. The Dutch omni-instrumentalist has professed to being very inspired by modern music-making tools, stating that “many things I […]

The Weepies – Sirens

The Weepies – Sirens

With the newly minted Sirens, the Weepies, that husband and wife tandem of Steve Tannen and Deb Talan, invite you into an intimate space—a vulnerable space which contemplates death, relationships, identity struggle, and love. In places, it evokes tragic yearning; in others, quiet triumph. It is vibrant in its artistry, a rich watercolor painting where […]

Christian Lopez Band – Onward

Christian Lopez Band – Onward

Do you know how comforting it is, how soothing and joyful it can be to hear a great song played on an acoustic guitar? With or without supplemental instruments, the heart of a song can always be identified when it’s stripped down to an acoustic guitar, a singer’s voice, and his or her words. It’s what […]

Guster – Evermotion

Guster – Evermotion

For Guster, history seems to be repeating itself. When the unusual two-acoustic-guitars-and-bongos setup that initially made them famous began to lose its charm and veer towards novelty, the Boston-based band flourished into a full-fledged pop outfit. For 2003’s Keep It Together, guitarists/vocalists Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner began to primarily play electric guitars, percussionist Brian Rosenworcel […]

Mark Nelsen – Homeward EP

Mark Nelsen – Homeward EP

Mark Nelsen is the guiding vision behind San Francisco’s Electric Shepherd, easily one of the most unsung forces of psychedelic rock in recent memory. The band is currently on hiatus, but Nelsen has kept busy with the release of the thoughtfully structured, exploratory Homeward EP. It’s a small but welcome triumph of both sound and […]