As we slide headfirst into 2017, here’s a look at some of my favorite music of the past year.
The men of Dawes release a star-studded new video for the title track of their new album.
Get ready for Record Store Day Part II!
“They don’t know even know what it means to be a fan … to truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts” – Fairuza Balk as Sapphire in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous I’ll bet that if you’re reading this piece or are a regular reader of this site, you can relate that quote, or, most likely, live it every day. In the scene, Balk’s character, one of the infamous Band Aids, laments […]
Halfway through 2013, we’ve come to an interesting impasse: moreso than the last several years, the music of this year has been largely awesome. I don’t say this to suggest that I’m one of those curmudgeonly sorts that thinks new music blows; it’s just, we’ve been in a bit of a lull. Much of 2012 was boring on the album front, and 2011 was only marginally better. And yet, here we are at unlucky ’13, and I’ve already doled out […]
Musical anonymity can be a funny thing. Justin Vernon, the neo-folk mastermind behind Bon Iver, isn’t going completely incognito by stepping out with a few friends to record a loose-limbed garage-blues record, but it’s something of a musical disguise nevertheless; his ethereal, crooning falsetto replaced with a gnarled, expressive wail, one could easily mistake his vocals on The Shouting Matches’ Grownass Man for the work of… of anyone else, really. Take your pick. But that’s not to say that Grownass […]
It’s Round 3 for Dawes. Find out why “Stories Don’t End” is one of the best albums of 2013.
Another Tuesday, another bunch of great new releases!
Folk-rock up and comers Dawes preview the release of their third album with “From a Window Seat.”
The Counting Crows pay homage to Gram Parsons, Dawes, and Dylan on “Underwater Sunshine”, a covers album and their first record since 2008.
In the twenty-plus years since it’s inception, Lollapalooza has transformed from a traveling road show to a 3-day extravaganza in Chicago. This year’s lineup features an appealing mix of veterans (many returning for their second or third tour of duty at Lolla) and newcomers, with dance music (which has suddenly become all the rage) represented more strongly than ever. Headliners include the reconstituted Black Sabbath, the newly solo Jack White, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers the Red Hot Chili […]
2011 was a weird year for me musically. There was certainly a wealth of good music released this year. I can remember as recently as 2007 or 2008, struggling to find 20 albums to fill a list. This year, not so much of a problem. An interesting cast of old reliables and young bucks stepped up to the plate and delivered this year, and there were also a couple of noteworthy comebacks and collaborations. Initially, I had these albums ranked, […]