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Elliot Street Lunatic: Ghost Town Lullabies

February 28, 2012

The indie band scene has been saturated for a while now, and there are quite a few with very similar sounds. I am still not ready to give up because I keep running across good ones like Elliot Street Lunatic. This was another “happy accident” find. Someone I work with mentioned she was going to […]

Foo Fighters: Wasting Light

February 3, 2012

Foo Fighters have been around long enough to be classified as classic rock, but they were never a band that I really got into. I have dug many of their songs over the years, but the albums never took hold. Had I not caught a performance on “The Daily Show,” “Wasting Light” probably may have […]

Violent Femmes: Violent Femmes

October 4, 2011

If you were conscious in the early to mid 80’s then you remember Violent Femmes. The self-titled debut album was in constant rotation on college campuses across the nation, and everyone knew the lyrics to “Blister in the Sun” and “Add it up.” All this popularity and not one hit made “Violent Femmes” the seminal […]

Swimsuit: Swimsuit

August 16, 2011

I am always interested in checking out new bands, especially when they are local. Oddly enough, I didn’t discover Swimsuit by word of mouth or area venues. One day they just happened to be the featured artist on the AMG home page. I saw they were from the area so I was compelled to investigate. […]

The Pineapple Thief: Someone Here is Missing

March 29, 2011

I was a fan of bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Smashing Pumpkins back in the ’90s, but I never thought of combining that sound with prog. The Pineapple Thief has a better imagination because that is exactly what they have been doing since 2001. I had heard of them but never took the […]

My Top 10 Albums of 2010

March 8, 2011

Once again it took me a while to get to my best of 2010 list. The delay does give me a chance to see how the Grammy’s gives deserving musicians the shaft. Arcade Fire gets album of the year? Sorry folks, but “The Suburbs” is boring. Let’s face it, 2010 was not exactly a stellar […]

Hot Hot Heat: Future Breeds

January 25, 2011

Without intending to do so, Hot Hot Heat has made a great case for keeping talent away from the influence of major label recording executives.  After the success of 2002’s “Make Up the Breakdown,” of course the offers came flying in (God forbid a major record company take a chance on something not already tested). […]

Bauhaus: Go Away White

January 4, 2011

There have been many band reunions over the years, but one of the most unlikely was Bauhaus. They were critics’ darlings, but very short lived. Peter Murphy left to pursue his solo career, and the rest of the band became Love and Rockets. Peter had some success especially with “Cut You Up,” and most people […]

Gorillaz: Plastic Beach

December 14, 2010

I am always skeptical of new bands that the main stream immediately accepts. This is especially true when I see the term hip-hop associated with it (not a big fan). However, I have been hearing some interesting things about Gorillaz. The whole virtual band thing is enough, but Mick Jones and Paul Simonon are in […]

Spoon: Transference

October 27, 2010

Spoon has been around for a while now, and they continue to be one of the most satisfying acts of the indie scene. The band has grown artistically with each album, and 2007’s “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” was every critic’s darling. In the history of rock this usually means the following album is either […]