Queens Of The Stone Age put on a killer live show — in fact, we just listed them as one of the best parts of Coachella last week. Last night Josh Homme and company stopped by the Keller Auditorium in Portland to play a massive 20-plus-song setlist, touching on many tracks from their recent album [...]
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“I met Syd and Matt from The Internet last year and they were just awesome, genuine people and I’m drawn to people like that, I feel like they’re the people most likely to make honest music. I got a really good vibe from them and am a fan of their first album Purple Naked Ladies.
Problem was we just didn’t have the time to get in together and do a batch of sessions because of the ocean divide and everything but we wanted to do something together, so this mixtape is the result of that. I love what those guys have done with the songs, they’ve brought a different energy to them and I’m stoked for people to hear it. Hopefully it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” – Raleigh Ritchie
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I assume that most listeners who stumbled across Sisyphus’s new self-titled LP decided to give it a listen thanks to a prior relationship with the music of either singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens or electronic musician Son Lux. Not that the 3rdmember of the group, rapper Serengeti, is any less accomplished (quite the contrary), but being the most prolific, creative, and whimsical (whimsy is Geti’s artistic mojo) rapper on the planet over the last decade hasn’t netted Geti near the financial windfall (or at least the touring opportunities) that have allowed artists like Sufjan and Son Lux to make music their first and only profession. Maybe it’s because of this that the album still feels like a Serengeti vehicle even though it is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word. This could also be because I’ve been huge Serengeti fan for the last 5 years and am not as intimately familiar with the work of Stevens and Son Lux, but the fact that Serengeti has been such a creative force (he’s released over 25 projects since 2005) and has so little to show for it is off putting to me and I’m sure it’s off putting to Stevens and Son Lux as well.
While I’ve talked mostly about the songwriting talents of Serengeti and Sufjan Stevens throughout this review, Son Lux’s amazing work behind the boards is not to be understated. As a producer it seems there’s nothing that Son Lux can’t do and the full range of his talent is on display throughout Sisyphus. The album’s two best songs “Rhythm of Devotion” and “Alcohol” are perhaps the best examples of the power and range of his production. “Rhythm of Devotion” shows his ability to craft Daft Punk-esque dynamic anthems and my favorite song of 2014 “Alcohol” features a subtly shifting industrial beat that is just getting interesting when Serengeti’s stunning verses about hereditary addiction are wrapping up. While I may get the impression that Serengeti’s unique talents are the fulcrum for the music that Sisyphus makes, this is an album that defies any genre classification. If anything it feels like the discovery of a new genre, an album that truly sounds different from anything else out there from an era where most everything sounds like a distorted copy of a copy.
The Duchess marks the debut release for promising new artist, TÃLÃ. The very name is indicative of female stature & confidence, traits that are embodied within her music.
Born in London from a melting pot of contrasting cultures + influences, TÃLÃ celebrates the eclectic – growing up in the 90s of Iranian descent, the soundtrack to TÃLÃ’s key influential years as a youngster was a mixture of classical music, 90s hip-hop + R&B, & computer game soundtracks.
Jersey MC J.Y. goes deep on this new cut called “1996″, inspired in part by Jay-Z’s influence on him as an artist. He explains: wrote this record back in June..I started to realize I never learned anything from a man growing up. My father killed himself and I didn’t really have a father figure. The [...]