It has the makings of an indie movie plot: While a hip musician dad's wife undergoes cancer therapy, he records an album with his son. The real story is a bit more complicated, but that's essentially the tale of Tweedy, the latest project of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer.
Meet The Bright Light Social Hour, an Austin, Texas band that's just released its second album, Space Is Still the Place. The album is a thoughtful examination of what they call the "Future South," informed by a three-year stint of touring following the 2010 release of their self-titled debut.
Mark Knopfler has just released his eighth studio album, ‘Tracker’, featuring 11 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including British author Beryl Bainbridge and poet Basil Bunting. The songs contain Mark’s usual wryly, but accurately observed vignettes of real life wrapped up in a musical accompaniment of distinctive subtlety.
Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:30 pm
Squaring up with JEFF The Brotherhood at any time during its decade-long career has been mercifully simple: Come for the riffs, stay for the riffs. Not much more is asked of the listener; when you hit play, you enter into an agreement wherein they lay 'em down and you soak 'em up. Wasted On The Dream, the first new album from brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall (formerly of Be Your Own Pet) since 2012, holds all the earmarks of big radio rock.
Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:33 pm
The Brooklyn band Liturgy turned heads with 2011's genre-defying Aesthethica, which dared extreme-metal listeners to rethink what defined metal and welcomed curious neophytes drawn to bold, adventurous new music. Rooted in the fast tremolo picking and soaring blast beats of black metal — but also tinkering with bizarrely catchy atonality and syncopation, building massive, Glenn Branca-esque squalls of noise and spectral melodies in the process — it had critics salivating and underground metal purists fuming.
Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:28 pm
The Go! Team began as a bedroom project before blowing up on the strength of its 2004 debut, Thunder, Lightning, Strike. No surprise there; the group's mix of indie-pop, hip-hop energy, scratchy samples and stadium-worthy sing-alongs was bubbly enough to make the dead pick up pom-poms and cheer along. By the time its last album, 2011's Rolling Blackouts, came along, Go!
Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:29 pm
It's hard to believe Laura Marling is only 25 — not just because Short Movie is her fifth album, and not just because she's been singing with wise, almost impatiently weary authority since she was 16. What's especially striking is the way she's allowed her recordings and persona to evolve through so many decisively rendered, fully formed phases. Marling found her voice unusually early in life, but she's also never stopped refining it or discovering new ways to bare its teeth.
Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:31 pm
It was nearly 20 years ago, back in 1997, that the Buena Vista Social Club became an improbable worldwide sensation: a group of mainly elderly (and some younger) Cuban musicians, performing traditional son music for an album produced by Ry Cooder.