What Twin Peaks lack in the way of David Lynch-ian psychodrama, they more than make up for in delightful dream pop. On first listen, the young Chicago band seems to prefer reverb and T-Rex to any of the suburban dream which could be found in director Lynch’s TV show of the same-name.
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There’s something to be said for an album that doesn’t have to try hard to be beautiful. Gorgeous finger-picked acoustic guitar, swooning slide guitar and harmonica set a tone within the first 12 seconds of the album Down At The 5-Star, and ultimately the mood doesn’t change much for the remaining 11 tracks. Of course, the lack of movement in Heirlooms of August’s sound turns out to be the perfect backdrop for its leader Jerry Vessel’s stark lyrics, most of which infuse country images with brazen descriptions of drugs and self-destructive men and women.
Boards of Canada has never been a band short on ideas, and Tomorrow’s Harvest only further cements its canonization in electronic music. Considering that its 1998 record, Music Has the Right To Children helped define the Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) genre, it stands to reason that every Boards of Canada release will have at least something to offer.
Since the March release of its second full-length album Morkkis, local act Dream Sick has amassed a following at its live shows, made up of folks from all over Tucson.
In an age when the Internet has all but eradicated the idea of mass-culture literature, it’s a little astounding that Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” has maintained its popularity. The novel, published in 1999 by MTV Books, chronicles the coming-of-age of a high school freshman called Charlie through letters addressed to an anonymous stranger.
Of all the rock and punk dinosaurs still prowling the festival circuit these days, Iggy Pop was always going to have the best chance of staying relevant. With the possible exceptions of Neil Young and David Bowie, no one has managed to reinvent their brand as effectively and charmingly as Pop. He’s just as likely to get love for an early Stooges album as for his scene in Jim Jarmusch’s “Coffee and Cigarettes.”
You’d be hard-pressed to name one college professor who you could really picture rocking in a dingy Tucson performance space. For the department of English’s John Melillo, though, playing rock ‘n’ roll with his DIY band Algae and Tentacles is practically a second job.
As far as band names go, Best Dog Award’s moniker is about as arbitrary as it gets.
Even before The Flaming Lips reinvented themselves in the late 1990s to become the world’s most inspiring carnival, the band was always approachable.
This Saturday, self-described “fuzz buzz no class trash act” The Funs will roll into Tucson to play Tanline Studio for the first time.
The most striking thing about James Blake has always been the way he tries to negotiate two very separate worlds in his recording output.
Sometimes an album comes along that’s so fully realized you just can’t ignore it, and Kurt Vile’s new album Wakin On a Pretty Daze certainly smacks of crossover potential. It’s hard to imagine anyone hearing the gorgeous hum of opener “Wakin on a Pretty Day” and writing it off.
With any luck, this weekend downtown Tucson will see an influx of beards, black band T-shirts and beer, all of which are a part of the annual Way Out West Fest.
As the first track begins, all that’s audible is the low, sultry sound of jazz chords on a piano, building up over what seems like a rapturous eternity to include a glockenspiel and falsetto vocals, then blossoming into a full-fledged neo-soul assault.
It may be five years since Wavves mastermind Nathan Williams first took the blogosphere by storm, but with Afraid of Heights, Williams shows that he hasn’t lost a shred of the bratty charm that made him a star.
At the local music level, it’s easy enough for records to come and go in the general consciousness, regardless of how much time or money has been spent on them. With its eponymous first effort in 2011, Tucson native Dream Sick experienced the anxiety of the local musician firsthand.
For any band, the first physical release of an album is a big deal, and for locals Dream Sick it’s no exception. The forthcoming album, to be released on Saturday, Morkkis, is the band’s second collection of songs, but the first for which the band has made CDs and tapes, complete with full artwork and download codes for maximum audience impact.
Remember when ‘N Sync ruled the world? Neither does Justin Timberlake, whose newest record The 20/20 Experience has more in common with Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and other “mid-career reinvention” records than the pop hooks that made him famous.
The best thing about Low is that it’s never gone away. Much has been made of the anniversaries that The Invisible Way represents for the band — a 10th studio album, 20 years as a band and the ongoing marriage of songwriters Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker — but there’s little indication in the music that The Invisible Way is anything more than a typical Low record.
Since he was 14 years old, Eric Crespo, Ghost to Falco founder and songwriter, has been writing and looking to tour. After a quick listen to his music, it’s easy to understand why. Whether it’s lonely spaghetti-western dirges or muscular riff-based tunes, the music of Ghost to Falco is distinguished by the way it moves.