Well Apple should be proud yet again! The Dead Ships' newest video for "Tomorrow's Crashes," almost entirely shot on an iPhone 6 is resplendent, well-paced and crisp. Directed and mostly captured by lead...
Having seen Cursive at festivals and medium-sized venues, one gets the illusion that Kasher is untouchable, a god of the stage who is just out of reach. To see him at a bar on the city's north side, nervously strumming through poignant, delicately worded songs he attributes to nobody but himself was something special.
The sheer lunacy provided by the guys who make up the band, each of whom is now in the mid-to-late 30s, was unreal. Tim Kinsella, frontman, occasional tambourine slammer and French horn blower, was especially animated. Even for him.
White Mystery is basically Miss Alex White and The Red Orchestra with a shorter name and less band members. Two, to be exact. And to be even more precise, (Miss) Alex White and brother (Mister) Francis. On their self-titled debut the Windy City relatives put up walls of sound that are louder, faster, heavy, fuzzier, and altogether dirtier than anything we've heard from the Red Orchestra.
Maps & Atlases appear to have been around much longer than one would think of a band readying their debut release, Perch Patchwork. The Chicago based quartet (who have a tendency as being labeled as “Math Rock”) originally met at a school in Chicago, ultimately leading to the forming of M&A. They have become a true cult favorite, building a following from live performances and a couple of self released EPs, and just recently signed to Barsuk.
Braid was a highly influential emo/post-hardcore band from Illinois that helped define the genre in the mid to late 90s. The band played four final shows in 1999 before disbanding. They reunited for a reunion tour in 2004 playing US, Canada, and Japan dates. After much demand, in April 2010 Polyvinyl re-issued their first two full lengths as well the Movie Music volumes. I got a chance to discuss with the band their history, DVD release, influences, vinyl collections, those re-issues and so much more.
Cymbals Eat Guitars have been touring non-stop for the last year. Photographer Josh Darr catches up with them and shows us what they like to do in the few moments they have before they are on stage.
Enjoy some new tunes by Love of Everything!
Those who have never been to an Owen show take note: When Mike Kinsella, the sole creative force behind the project, takes the stage, he does what he wants -- especially in front of a home crowd. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, riffing on audience members, telling shameless jokes about the Ben Roethlisberger sex scandal and putting the mental image of a dog getting a tattoo into the collective head of a room full of people.
There are few things the state of Minnesota is known for to the outsider -- Prince, the Metrodome, the Mall of America, Jesse Ventura. After an explosive sold-out performance at Chicago's Lincoln Hall April 15, it might be time to add Cloud Cult to that list.
excerpt: there was something, um, different about these fans – they didn’t blow like normal fans. Instead, they were kind of good. Kind of real good.
...The Vic is the place for bands too big for the local dive bars, but too small for the larger venues and stadiums -- perfect for up-and-coming Brooklynites The Antlers, and one of the United Kingdom's hottest acts, Editors...Read on!