Brian Adam Ant, née Brian Goldstein, is best known to Baltimore locals as bassist for both the defunct alt-rock outfit Evolve and for the hyperactively outré rock sextet, the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad.
Excuse me while I shudder at the mental image brought to bear by the latter’s name. Ugh… damn my imagination and its unpredictable forays into visual learning.
For the uninitiated, the Dirty ... Continue Reading
Karen O is an incredible vocalist. As many style permutations as Yeah Yeah Yeahs has gone through since the release of their self-titled EP in 2001, the ability of their frontwoman to take her vocal chords to hell and back remains the only thing unchanged.
With their second LP, Show Your Bones, her versatility was understated, as was the sound of the band as a whole. She sang much more than she ... Continue Reading
Yukon plays mid- to late-90's post-hardcore along the lines of Crownhate Ruin, Frodus, et cetera. While the sound is easily identifiable, it is one worth perpetuating - especially if you would like to be pummeled in the face by a shovelful of musical cement.
The men of Yukon sound as if they are clearing the charred wreckage of a bomb-wrecked concert hall. As they dig up the remains, damaged ... Continue Reading
It’s odd to think that I’ve been around—aware of, adjacent, or even ancillary to—Pontiak for roughly two years. Granted, two years is not all that long of a time, and certainly not long enough to be remarkable by most people’s standards. Unless, of course, you consider that Pontiak, as a band, is little more than two years old. Again, nothing to marvel at, except for the fact that I’m rarely one t ... Continue Reading
Oh, Interpol. Once the beloved dark indie darlings of creative writing graduate students everywhere, you've finally surpassed your alpha mission--let's ape Joy Division--and reached that point where you've started aping yourselves.
There are a couple of cool things about Our Love To Admire, the group's third studio effort. First, the awesome taxidermy photo on the cover, which looks like it cou ... Continue Reading
Chicago’s music scene keeps on trucking. No matter what other scenes pop up, the Windy City keeps on adopting people as its own who then put out albums that are nothing short of fantastic. Hot Heels Records is the town’s most recent example of adopted hometown boys doing well.
Combining modern folk with a tinge of blues and moderate atmospherics, the band manages simultaneously to evoke Woody ... Continue Reading
This is not the same as before.
I write in reference to the Most Serene Republic’s debut full-length, Underwater Cinematographer. Originally released in 2004 on Sunday League Records, Underwater Cinematographer is, as far as I am concerned, a marvel of well-composed pop: a dizzying frenzy of three-fold layered guitars (acoustic, electric, and e-bow), dynamic bass lines, droning keyboard melodie ... Continue Reading
The Beastie Boys are back. Having been rather quiet since 2004’s To the 5 Boroughs, one would not have been too far off the mark thinking they were finished with the whole making music thing. For all intents and purposes, they might as well be. For better or worse, they are now a nostalgia act; their new album The Mix-Up is a poor entry in an otherwise interesting and fun two decades of pop cult ... Continue Reading
After her last LP, The Beekeeper, many began to wonder if Tori Amos was losing her edge as a writer. The songs on that project were unchallenging, (think Josh Groban without the operatics), the delivery lacked the sense of improvisation and spontaneity of the work that made her famous, and in some instances, she sounded downright dull – I’m looking at you, “Ireland.” For fans, it was shocking: cou ... Continue Reading
If there’s one thing you should probably know before reading this, it’s that I first came to know Black Rebel Motorcycle Club by way of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. First, obliquely, as a name-drop on the official BJM website (under the “Good Shit” section). Second, more directly, after learning that BRMC guitarist/bassist/vocalist Peter Hayes had previously played a part in the BJM. Third, most ... Continue Reading