Blitzen Trapper Tames Its Experimental Tendencies Into Low-Key Folk-Rock
Published 7/18/2012 at 12:07 p.m. 0 comments
Over the course of six albums, Blitzen Trapper’s style has been gradually streamlined. Eric Earley’s shambling experimental and psychedelic tendencies have been sharpened and focused, with a more direct emotional connection. The touchstones on American Goldwing are mid-period Wilco, Neil ...
Baltimore's Future Islands Find Inspiration For Their Latest Album 'On the Water'
Published 7/11/2012 at 11:36 a.m. 0 comments
Future Islands is something like a postpunk band that plays keyboards instead of guitars, bassist William Cashion says. Someone once described them as “Joe Cocker singing for New Order. It’s kind of an easy description,” he says.
Folk-Pop Newcomer Sarah Jarosz Mixes the Traditional With the Postmodern
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
It’s hard to admire Sarah Jarosz without remarking on her age. Just 21, the Americana singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has released two accomplished records and earned praise from critics and fellow musicians alike.
Cincinnati's Foxy Shazam Take '70s Rock to Church
Published 6/27/2012 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments
From the gutter opera “The Streets” to the hippy-dippy folk-rock of “Forever Together,” or the gospel-tinged Southern rock of “Freedom” to the ELO-inspired “Holy Touch,” The Church of Rock and Roll is an unashamed, passionate blare of smartly dumb pop-rock.
Pipe Dreams: Grace Potter Discusses Inspiration, Songwriting, and Twitter
Published 6/20/2012 at 1:57 p.m. 0 comments
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are at that delicate moment in the trajectory of fame, when hard work and word of mouth begin to translate into major fame.
Yeasayer Lets Listeners Figure It Out for Themselves on 'Fragrant World'
Published 6/13/2012 at 11:44 a.m. 0 comments
Some songwriters compose with a pen and pad, nestling a guitar in their laps. Some bands work out arrangements by jamming on instruments together in a room. On their jittery and sprawling third album, Fragrant World, due out in August, ...
Mic Harrison and the High Score Put Up Their Dukes on 'Still Wanna Fight'
Published 5/30/2012 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
Harrison and company’s rural roots show through on their new album, but the songwriting and production tilt toward classic power pop and old-fashioned ’70s and ’80s radio rock.
Alt-Rock Pioneers Jane’s Addiction Continue Their Comeback With 'The Great Escape Artist'
Published 5/23/2012 at 3:07 p.m. 0 comments
It’s tempting to think of Stephen Perkins as Jane’s Addictions’ answer to Derek Smalls, the unassuming Spinal Tap bass player who stood between “fire-and-ice visionaries” Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins, “kind of like lukewarm water.” After all, the seemingly ...
The Black Cadillacs are Ready to 'Run' With Their Sophomore Album
Published 5/16/2012 at 12:19 p.m. 0 comments
The Black Cadillacs stand on the cusp of their second release, Run, on a promising young indie, looking to build on their status as one of the two or three most popular rock acts in the city of Knoxville.
Beneath St. Vincent’s Arty, Complex Music Is the Heart of a Rock Star
Published 5/16/2012 at 12:14 p.m. 0 comments
Under the stage name St. Vincent, Annie Clark records arty, complex music that is at turns pretty and ragged, but almost always challenging to the listener. She’s become a critics’ darling and indie sensation. But the 29-year-old Clark is no ...
Nellie McKay’s Particular Brand of Music Nostalgia Recognizes the Dream Of The Past
Published 5/9/2012 at 11:42 a.m. 0 comments
Nellie McKay finds a lot of her musical inspiration from the past. But unlike Americana artists, she’s not digging through old scratchy vinyl folk records.
Megadeth: Still a Thrash Powerhouse, Despite Dave Mustaine's Recent Right-Wing Rants
Published 5/2/2012 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, now 50, is still provoking outrage these days, but from an altogether different direction than he used to. For the last decade or so, Mustaine has openly discussed his born-again religious faith, which seems to have ...
Knoxville Metalheads Whitechapel Announces New Album, Due June 19
Published 5/2/2012 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
Here’s the new single from Knoxville metal band Whitechapel: Chugga-chugga-chug-growl-shriek-high-pitched tweedly guitar part-chugga-chug-repeat.
Death Cab for Cutie's Rise From Beloved Indie Rockers to Major-Label Success
Published 4/25/2012 at 1:12 p.m. 0 comments
In a bleak decade for the recording industry, Death Cab for Cutie stands almost alone, making the jump from beloved indie rocker status to major record label success without losing its critical acclaim.
Singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten Emerges From Purgatory With Her Enigmatic New Album, 'Tramp'
Published 4/18/2012 at 12:01 p.m. 0 comments
Tramp is Van Etten's most immediate and devastating collection of songs. Deceptively dark acoustic lullabies are augmented with raw, buzzing electric guitars (“Warsaw”), droning keyboards (“Magic Chords”), and beautiful vocal harmonies from some notable friends.