February 4, 2013 |
*** (out of 4) Fall Out Boy has a new single, as you might have heard. The band announced both an album ("Save Rock and Roll") and a reunion Monday by making sure to point out that this is NOT a reunion because "we never broke up," as they say on their website. So yeah, just for the record. Like many FOB songs, it's weighed down by a terrible, wordy title "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up). " It opens with a blippy, Ke$ha-esque sample, a soaring background "WHOOOO--OOOOOAAAAAHHH" and some thumping drums--which is to say, this...
July 10, 2012 |
***1/2 (out of four) Dirty Projectors songs don't generally work like regular songs. They clatter, contradict and undermine themselves. They are full of syncopation. They abruptly veer away from their own melodies. They bounce between fragmented sonic elements. Listening to Dirty Projectors (whose last proper studio record was 2009's fascinating “Bitte Orca”) can be a delicate undertaking: It seems like the songs could collapse at any moment. While their music scans as Brooklyn indie rock, the band's experimentalist bent...
January 6, 2012 |
Welcome to Cultural Exchange Fridays, where we learn more about different cultures and hold hands and smile..or something. Anyway, to kick it off I (with the supreme guidance of David Drake from the Fader and his own blog) have prepared a Spotify playlist of some of the biggest and most influential Southern Rap classics. These songs have inspired hundreds, kept butts shaking, and boomed through vintage Cadillacs and Buicks outfitted with subwoofers. The list is here , so subscribe and get it in yo speakers.
April 17, 2012 |
Former the Academy Is ... singer William Beckett releases his debut solo EP "Walk the Talk" today. The Barrington resident was kind enough to stop by the RedEye offices and perform an acoustic version of the first single, "Compromising Me," as well as sit down for an interview with yours truly. We'll leave you in suspense for our chat until closer to Beckett's May 29 show at Schubas. For now, enjoy a solid version of an excellent tune. OK, here's a small snippet of the interview to tide you over: On releasing a few songs at time (Beckett will release two...
February 17, 2012 |
***1/2 (out of 4) Having limited exposure to previous work from Fun (an indie super-group comprising members of the Format, Anathallo and Steel Train), I showed up to the New York outfit's sophomore full-length merely expecting some fun indie pop. Receiving stadium-ready songs like “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monae) and “One Foot,” both songs either currently or soon to be invading every commercial in the known universe, was a kick to the gut I didn't mind one bit. The title track has lush vocals from Nate Ruess and guitar play that recalls Paul...
March 31, 2012 |
And I thought I picked a needle in a haystack when selecting J. Roddy Walston and the Business as my favorite show at Lollapalooza 2011. Clearly the needle has pricked some others. At a sold out Double Door Friday, the Baltimore boogie-rock quartet had a packed house singing along frequently--especially joining in on the band's fantastic "oohs" and "aahs" that anchor blistering songs that sometimes sound as if Kings of Leon indulged a Little Richard phase. In fact, Walston makes Richard's "Lucille" sound like an original, and, packed...