Tag: indie rock

Album review: School of Language – Sea from Shore

Album review: School of Language – Sea from Shore

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When Sunderland-based indie rock/pop outfit Field Music announced an indefinite hiatus early last year, it appeared that their brilliant sophomore release Tones of Town would mark the end of something great. But as it turns out, it was just the end of the first phase of Field Music. According to the band, they opted to walk away from Field Music "the band" in order to concentrate on honing their creative skills without worrying about the confines of being in an "indie band." They declared their intention to retain Field Music as a company, and to release new music under different monikers. The first result of this new arrangement is School of Language's Sea from Shore. It is an almost entirely solo effort, recorded by Field Music singer/guitarist David Brewis. Most importantly, it is...
In Concert: Cold War Kids – Philadelphia, PA, 11/29/07

In Concert: Cold War Kids – Philadelphia, PA, 11/29/07

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I'll admit up front that I'm not what you would call an überfan of Cold War Kids. I first heard their debut LP, Robbers & Cowards, about six months ago and have dug it ever since. I whiffed on a chance to see the band earlier this year, so I was definitely looking forward to last night's concert at the venue now known as Fillmore at the TLA. So we (me, Mrs. Suit, Jeff and Sara) loaded up the trusty Corolla and made it to the venue (after some trouble finding a parking garage and other navigational difficulties) in time to catch the last few songs of opening act We Barbarians. They seemed somewhat interesting I suppose, but we were busy scoping the place to get a Douchebag Hat count (don't ask). (more…)
Bands I am currently digging on

Bands I am currently digging on

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Once in a while I fall into a bit of a rut with my music and get the urge to strike out and discover some new bands or some new styles. And by "new" I mean "new to me." The last time I did this was about 6 years ago when I started seriously developing an affinity for jazz. That period bore a lot of fruit and allowed me to get into groups/acts that have really had an impact on me, such as Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery and many others. This time I decided to delve into so-called "indie" music. I made an earlier attempt around 1998 but didn't really get too much out of it. I was a bit turned off by the shoddy production values I heard on many of the records I sampled, and quite honestly found a lot of it rather boring. I won't name any of those bands here for fear of gettin...
Extreme Makeover: Band Edition – Journey

Extreme Makeover: Band Edition – Journey

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The Problem: How does a band that has been around for more than 30 years and is more than 20 years past its commercial peak stay relevant? Well for Journey, it ain't easy. Life after Steve Perry has been rough for the group, which is currently without a lead singer. Except for the recent popular buzz generated by the use of "Don't Stop Believin'" in the series finale of The Sopranos, Journey's role is now limited playing old hits to a small core of devoted fans. The Solution: A makeover is just what this group needs to shed its image as washed-up corporate rockers! And that makeover starts with the name, because like it or not, "Journey" is primarily thrown around as an insult outside of fan circles. As in, "Man, after David Lee Roth left Van Halen they turned into Journey", "...