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ALBUM REVIEW: Ray Wilson’s “Chasing Rainbows” (2013)

By now it’s no secret that Genesis is pretty much my favourite band of all time, and even though the band has called it quits, it is a distinct joy for me every time one of its former members puts out a record of their own. Ray Wilson is no exception. For those of you just catching… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: True Widow’s “Circumambulation”

True Widow is a band I’ve kept my eye on for a while, trying desperately to draw attention to the unique and seemingly obvious synthesis they’ve created. Think about it: combining the slow, bluesy tempos and bends of stoner metal with the equally glacial, texturally appeasing volume of shoegaze seems like a win-win of disparate… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: Beady Eye’s “BE”

The gear’s different and Beady Eye sure aren’t speeding this time out. Not a bad thing, really. Far from it – if anything, BE, the brit-rock quartet’s follow-up to 2011’s impressive debut LP finds the Liam Gallagher and co. flourishing while moving into ambitious new sonic territory. Okay, yes, the LP’s 11 numbers are very… Read More ›

And When They Sing: Spotlight on Neverending White Lights

I’m as much a sucker for one-man projects as I am for subtle, brooding atmosphere, and those two aweinspiring elements come together as one in Neverending White Lights. The sad truth is, a lot of people don’t appreciate how very hard it is for one man to put together an entire musical project. There are many who would… Read More ›

Suede returns in elegant fashion with latest LP, Bloodsports

A listen to lead-off track “Barriers” says it all – the rolling drums, thrumming bass, dramatic keys, aching guitars, and of course, leading man Brett Anderson’s singularly emotive voice – this here is the real deal. Put another way, with the recently reunited brit-pop act’s long-awaited latest album, Bloodpsorts, Suede is back in all the… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: Ra Ra Riot’s “Beta Love”

I’m sitting on the subway, headphones in (as usual) when I happen to glance up and catch a woman looking curiously over at me. I self consciously run a hand over my face, just in case some stray crumb is stuck to it, but to no avail. I then realize that I’ve been bobbing my head for… Read More ›

Outside the Time Continuum: First Aid Kit’s The Lion’s Roar

Gram Parsons was dark minded, mysterious, talented, and he was the inspiration for The Rolling Stones’s song “Wild Horses.” Though considered the father of ‘cosmic American music’, his contributions somehow always faded into obscurity. Never receiving the attention they deserved, his career never bloomed into illustriousness as it should have.  In 1971, he walked into… Read More ›

The Tyranny of Sorrow: Spotlight on Grauzeit

Perhaps the most exciting thing about progressive music is that it transcends the genre it has become. The irony is that while it is true that when it all began, progressive (forward-thinking) musicians were so against the very idea of walling oneself into a particular style of music that they inadvertently created their own style of music that… Read More ›

Parallel Worlds: Spotlight on Asia, Part I

That damn movie. You know the one I’m talking about. Ever since it came out it’s been very difficult to admit any level of fandom for Asia. Bands like Boston and Toto manage to escape ridicule but poor old Asia just got totally hosed. Now, I’ve been wanting to do a write-up on them for some time… Read More ›

TESTIFY! A review of Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers’s A Hill of Feathers

She said she wanted to scream, and I took it as truth. She said she was leaving to chase her own sweet life, and I pictured her bags packed at the front door.  She said all of these things, and I recognized it as testimony.  She was singing and I was only a witness. But… Read More ›

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