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Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Record Reviews

After two stellar power-pop albums that would prove to be highly influential, the Memphis band Big Star was down to frontman Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens, having lost Chris Bell and Andy Hummel along the way ... more

Dec 7, 2016 11:56 AM Record Reviews

This writer firmly believes Warren Defever, the Michigan musician and only constant member of His Name Is Alive for its 30 years of existence, is some kind of eccentric, prolific genius whose diverse output—over 100 different releases so far ... more

Nov 30, 2016 11:17 AM Record Reviews

If there’s a perfect use of a song in a movie, it’s the scene from the 1995 film Before Sunrise where the two main characters, played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, sit in a small listening booth at a record store ... more

Nov 23, 2016 10:37 AM Features

Hope Sandoval is best known as the effortlessly sensual, distant and compulsively shy singer of the post-Paisley Underground band Mazzy Star, whose hazy, seductive and lightly psychedelic ‘90s work such as the surprise hit “Fade into You” ... more

Nov 16, 2016 11:28 AM Record Reviews

When a rock band reunites after a long duration, like The Stooges or Mission of Burma, the big question is, “Will they rock as hard as before?” In the case of the unclassifiable British duo Renaldo and the Loaf, whose new album Gurdy Hurding ... more

Nov 9, 2016 12:49 PM Record Reviews

The new EP Small Time Forever from the San Francisco quartet Paint the Trees White quite possibly has some of the cheeriest songs ever made about mental meltdowns and divorce. Led by Josh Permenter, also known as the front man of the band... more

Nov 2, 2016 11:13 AM Record Reviews

Jazz singer Billie Holiday was given the nickname “Lady Day” by her friend, saxophonist Lester Young. Young’s nickname was “Prez,” given to him by—you guessed it—Billie Holiday. Their special bond ... more

Oct 26, 2016 1:08 PM Features 1 Comments

Pitchfork recently unleashed its “50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time” list, which made this writer alternately nod in agreement, smirk in mild disagreement and shake his head violently at some of the more confounding choices and omissions ... more

Oct 20, 2016 9:48 AM Record Reviews

The Michigan underground supergroup quartet Chatoyant has a peculiar and somewhat unlikely gathering of individuals with backgrounds in a huge variety of genres. To run down the list, you’ve got James Baljo (a.k.a. “Crazy Jim”), the guitarist ... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:39 PM Record Reviews

Any In this day and age, when a mind-boggingly immense amount of music can be heard for free, in an instant, on Spotify, YouTube and other sources, it’s certainly a valid thought to question the role of a music critic—where’s the need to ... more

Oct 5, 2016 11:04 AM Record Reviews

The Carl W. Buechner quote “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel” was made about how people are disturbed, not by things, but by the feelings triggered by those things. more

Sep 28, 2016 1:29 PM Record Reviews

When someone gets you in a headlock, that person is probably either a total stranger—and in that case, you might be being mugged—or is very close to you, like an older brother. (Or, you and that person are ... more

Sep 21, 2016 11:59 AM Features

It’s not so common to encounter a long song that, after it’s done playing, makes the listener think, “I wish that track was twice as long.” That’s the case with the new, second album (not counting self-released cassettes) ... more

Sep 7, 2016 1:01 PM Record Reviews

After being acquainted as performers in Kid Millions’ percussion juggernaut Man Forever, guitarist Peter Aaron—best known as the front man of the raw punk-blues band Chrome Cranks—and drummer Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs discovered ... more

Aug 31, 2016 12:43 PM Record Reviews

Marshall Allen—best known as the band-leader and reedist of the Sun Ra Arkestra—is one of those performers who makes an indelible impression on people. This writer has a vivid memory from 2006—confirmed by ... more

Aug 24, 2016 2:38 PM Features

A person might see the FedEx logo numerous times over years before realizing the brilliance of its design, which features a hidden-in-plain-sight arrow symbol in the logo’s negative space. Similarly, space isn’t merely an absence in the ... more

Aug 17, 2016 1:05 PM Cover Story

The “law of the instrument” offers the observation that “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” for those who favor a certain tool or method over others because it is familiar. In the case of artist and educator Katie Hargrave ... more

Aug 17, 2016 1:05 PM Cover Story

Funhausen tackles classic punk, Horse Lords channel minimal rhythms more

Aug 10, 2016 11:46 AM Record Reviews

Fumaça Preta expand on their sound, Pylon dives into rock-n-roll glory more

Aug 3, 2016 11:15 AM Record Reviews

The enigmatic musician and artist Ben Bennett has a mind-bogglingly wide variety of fascinating work that covers both poles of extremes. As a percussionist, his improvised performances are wild ... more

Jul 28, 2016 10:41 AM Features

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