Category Archives: Rock

Foo Fighters: Wasting Light

Good but not outstanding. That is what I think of the Foo Fighters new album, Wasting Light. A staple of the 90’s rock music scene, the Foo Fighters practically invented the punk tinged guitar riff vs. soft harmonic vocals formula. … Continue reading

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Song for: Feeling Badass While Doing Something Completely Not Badass

This song is badass. It’s that moment when an awesome party allows you, just for a moment, to transcend your white guy status. It’s that feeling when you say to yourself, “fuck, this feels like the movies.” Only bummer: crashing … Continue reading

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Justin Townes Earle: Harlem River Blues

Woody Guthrie once said, “Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.” At 29, the son of folk legend Steven Earle, and a former drug addict, Justin Townes Earle has lived more life than … Continue reading

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The Morning Benders: Big Echo

I always say: better late than never. Besides, The Morning Benders’ sophomore release is well worth the wait. Fittingly titled, incredible vocal harmony, cascading arrangements, and excellent effects await the listener of Big Echo. The term “pocket symphony”certainly applies. Case … Continue reading

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Monsters of Folk: Monsters of Folk

When My Morning Jacket or M.Ward or Bright Eyes do something, the musical world takes note. When all three combine to make a super group, the musical world’s jaw drops. Adequately named Monsters of Folk, this four man band makes … Continue reading

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Johnny Flynn: Kentucky Pill

Folk has always been based around a tradition of story telling. Johnny Flynn has an interesting story to tell. English born and Seattle based, This “folk rock”artist is as widely influenced as he is traveled. Flynn’s alternative sound touts time … Continue reading

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Jim James, Jeff Tweedy, Glen Hansard & Many More: I’m Not There Soundtrack

For being so famous, Bob Dylan certainly hated fame. Constantly railing against pop culture’s attempts to make him into something, to make him something more than himself, he soon developed a persona of the anti-celebrity, a man in the spotlight … Continue reading

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The Black Keys: Brothers

Far too often, Musicians of this era bow to the musical conventions of the day allowing their creativity and talent to be obscured beneath a mess of flourish, recording effects, and atmospherics. The Black Keys are no such victims of … Continue reading

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Three Dog Night: Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)

Wouldn’t it be depressing to look back on your career as a musician and be known only as the maker of a hit single and a children’s sing along? Step in Three Dog Night. Believe it or not they made … Continue reading

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Musikanto: Ghost Pain

Born Mike Musikanto on the northside of Chicago, from an early age young Mike spent his time drowning in his father’s Roots Rock and Folk records. Its evident on his first release, Ghost Pain. Musikanto combines the easy-listening feel of … Continue reading

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