POSTED // Apr 15,2009 - Marathon! The very word strikes a mixture of awe and terror even into people who are in some kind of shape, let alone those of us who are more conversant with Ben & Jerry's than with a bench press.
POSTED // Apr 8,2009 - "Essential" is a word bandied about far too much, but it applies to Bob Mould's '80s alternative rock band Husker Du, one of the first bands to combine pop melodies with punk guitar sounds...
POSTED // Apr 1,2009 - Boston Spaceships, The Planets Are Blasted
(Guided by Voices, Inc.) As with many strains of British pop music, the efforts of Ohioan Robert Pollard, former Guided By Voices front man, though brillian
POSTED // Mar 25,2009 - In our age of ever-shortening attention spans, we want every experience to aspire to the quality of television viewing, in which you can skip past anything that isn't instantly stimulating, and everything is broken down into easy digestible chunks.
POSTED // Mar 25,2009 - In an offshoot of grunge bands rediscovering the energy of punk, mid-'90s heyday musicians like Jon Spencer rediscovered the blues and added their own noisy, punk-influenced take on it.
POSTED // Mar 18,2009 - As sleek and smooth as the cityscapes of Tokyo on its sleeve photographs, Utah's MotherCity purveys little instrumental sojourns into meditative spaces that aren't empty or hollow but actually contain some interesting musical content, touches of jazz in the guitar glissandos and breathy cymbal brushes.
POSTED // Mar 11,2009 - Neko Case has the hardest kind of act to follow: herself. Her previous release Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006) created a new plateau in her career, a convergence of critical acclaim and a modicum of commercial success that somewhat reconciled the two.
POSTED // Mar 4,2009 - Ed Bateman didn’t know if he wanted to be a scientist or an artist when he grew up. He ended up with the best of both worlds, creating some of the most advanced computer-created digital artwork.