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Local Music Review: Wesley Wyrick
Published 05/15/2013 at 11 a.m.
Wesley Wyrick’s debut album, Second Nature, certainly isn’t an easy listen. It’s a psychedelic collage more than a collection of songs—10 eerie tracks built on left-field samples, electronic spasms, and droning, lo-fi synths.
Baz Luhrmann’s 'Great Gatsby': All Spectacle, No Heart
Published 05/15/2013 at 10:48 a.m.
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has quite a bit going for it: an epic soundtrack; eye-popping art direction; a titanic-sized (or Titanic-sized) budget, courtesy of co-producer Jay-Z; a number of radiant performances; and source material from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great ...
Nashville Garage-Rock Duo JEFF the Brotherhood Aim for the Big Leagues With Major-Label Debut
Published 05/08/2013 at 10:44 a.m.
Over the course of a decade, under the name JEFF the Brotherhood, Nashville brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall released six albums of fuzzy, tone-deaf stoner-pop, full of blistering punk-pop riffs and hungover power-pop melodies. Their goal? Pay the rent and ...
French Alt-Rock Stars Phoenix Rise Again With 'Bankrupt!'
Published 04/24/2013 at 10:40 a.m.
Bankrupt! (Glassnote) is a logical extension of their trademark style, playing like the woozy hangover after Wolfgang’s decadent night out.
Chris Thile Adds a Partnership with Brad Mehldau to His “Musical Fraternity”
Published 04/10/2013 at 11:28 a.m.
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile thinks of his career as one big audition, a quest to join the ranks of the upper echelon of musicians and composers—a group he calls the “musical fraternity.” He speaks about this journey as if it’s ...
L.A. Folk-Rockers Dawes Set a New Course with 'Stories Don't End'
Published 04/03/2013 at 9:33 a.m.
With their third album, the vibrant Stories Don't End, Dawes—singer and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, keyboard player Tay Strathairn, bassist Wylie Gelber, and drummer Griffin Goldsmith—have taken a bold leap into the 21st century.
Runaway Success: Cruz Contreras and the Black Lillies
Published 03/13/2013 at 3:18 p.m.
The Black Lillies played more than 230 shows in 2012, while also finding time to record their third and most fully developed album, Runaway Freeway Blues. They have earned spirited praise from all over the country, including from Nashville’s country-music ...
New York Drone Duo Mountains Stretches Out on Its New Album
Published 02/20/2013 at 10:44 a.m.
As one-half of the New York drone music duo Mountains, Brendon Anderegg creates what most listeners would call “soundscapes”: complex melodic tapestries that weave in and out of focus, expanding and contracting for what seem like endless stretches of time. ...
British Pop Weirdo Jamie Lidell Channels George Clinton on New Self-Titled Album
Published 02/13/2013 at 10:20 a.m.
Part of what’s always made Jamie Lidell so compelling is that he’s so difficult to pigeonhole.
Jacques Audiard’s 'Rust and Bone' Doesn’t Reveal Much About Its Characters
Published 01/30/2013 at 11:23 a.m.
Really, Jacques Adiard’s emotionally devastating Rust and Bone is two films in one. At its core, it’s an unlikely love story between two flawed, broken, battered people, pulled together by the same animalistic instincts that eventually tear them apart. Then ...