Tag Archives | rock

Play Me: “The Sound of Law” by Daughn Gibson

How could one not be impressed with All Hell, the 2012 debut record by Daughn Gibson? With an unlikely combination of downtempo-electro, hip-hop, country and western, and trucker music, the man practically invented a genre all his own. And as if the vision wasn’t impressive enough, there was the voice — A strong and foreboding [...]

The Rockometer: Cruise Your Illusion by Milk Music

                Milk Music Cruise Your Illusion Fat Possum The album title, Cruise Your Illusion, a slight play on the Guns ‘N’ Roses double album set, Use Your Illusion, should have been your hint. The Olympia, Washington quartet, Milk Music aren’t your average band of long-haired, riff rockers from [...]

Play Me: “Heretic’s Hymn” by Double Dagger

Baltimore’s Double Dagger always straddled that line between art-punk and workingman’s punk rock. No where is this more evident than on “Heretic’s Hymn” from the band’s posthumous album, 333 (due out via Thrill Jockey on RSD 4.20), where a minimal, bass groove literally explodes during the chorus, eventually becoming overwhelmed by a group roar in [...]

The Lovely Bad Things

Orange County’s The Lovely Bad Things are right up my alley. They play infectious, hook-driven garage rock, sounding like a mixture of The Soviettes, Pretty Girls Make Graves and The Pixies. They also appeal to the geek in me by referencing Star…

The Rockometer: Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze by Kurt Vile

                Kurt Vile Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze Matador Kurt Vile has little use for a diagram of the western pop song.  Forget verse, chorus, verse, bridge and coda. There’s the ramble part and the tamble particle and the solo. His voice rises where most would descend, and [...]

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