While a host of hard-rock groups still try to emulate the monolithic sounds of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Maryland-based rock juggernaut Clutch stands as a rare band that captures the relentless swing and ferocious groove that elevated those two iconic acts to greatness. For more than 20 years, ... More >>
If you were a teenager in the 1950s, you hated TV. Your parents watched TV. Anything your parents liked, you despised. Springsteen's song "57 Channels (And Nothing On)" talked about the video wasteland in 1992, but in 1956, even in a big city like New York, there were fewer than 10 channels on the a ... More >>
Elvis Costello and the Imposters
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Better than: Sunday night cartoons.
You should know that your reviewer was not, at first, a fan: "So he sings with that voice on purpose?" Pretty rich coming from an apologist for both Donald Fagen and Geddy Lee. But this was lon ... More >>
Last Thursday, Bruce Springsteen made the keynote speech at South By Southwest. He was funny, he was heartfelt, he was informative and -- dang, Boss! -- he was ridiculously honest. So honest in fact, that he picked up a guitar, played the opening riff from The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out of this P ... More >>
If there's a fault to be found with Release Me, Lyle Lovett's latest album, it's that most of the songs weren't written by Lyle Lovett.
Of the album's fourteen tracks only two were penned by the idiosyncratic Texas singer-songwriter who startled listeners with original, genre-bending records when ... More >>
Toro y Moi
Chazwick Bundick's brand of chillwave is less grandiose than Washed Out and less distinguished than Neon Indian but makes better-suited cassette listening with more minimal dance grooves than nostalgia-evoking 80s chintz effects. You can even dance (grind?) to "You Hid" sober.
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The Sandwitches @ Rickshaw Stop
If the Replacements were ghoulish teenage girls raised on a strict diet of Chuck Berry outtakes, the Sandwitches would be their biggest fans. Moaning and howling out harmonized orders to go "Back to the Sea" or "Mary Me," lead vocalists and guitar players Heidi Al ... More >>
Annie Musselman M. WardThursday, March 5, 2009Palace of Fine ArtsBetter than: Having to stand the whole time. I was tired. I liked the seats.I think people like M. Ward because he seems like an ordinary guy doing semi-extraordinary things. Personally, I'm not fan enough to tag his work with descri ... More >>