Whenever I think of Smokey Robinson, I think of that ABC song, “When Smokey Sings.” Personally, it is a song in their roster that annoys the hell out of me for reasons no other than it irritates me. This is coming from someone who thinks the concept and output of
At first I was pissed off that this EP was only three songs. What could three measly songs do for us? This is ridiculous! And then I listened to them. And these three songs came at me like a bunch of horny, spice-raged teenagers with rabies trying to eat your
I cannot help but cite Sloan as being a catalyst for Canadian rockers to look towards classicism in rock and roll in order to preserve the sanctity of the genre. Michael Rault may not put a clear polish on every hook and phrase, melody and power pop harmony, as well
What a fine debut from Chicago’s Crown Larks! They take elements of what makes Chicago music Chicago and explores the depths at which they can present it. Composed of songwriters Jack Bouboushian and Lorraine Bailey, drummer Bill Miller, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Boonenberg, their varied talents look to Deerhoof as easily
Relapse Records reissued three albums from the later career of one of Canada’s greatest heavy metal bands. Razor was an enigma from the big giants as Iron Maiden, Anthrax, and Judas Priest dwarfed these Northern troubadours with big productions and big arena expanses. Razor did not have the big gimmickry
The first seconds of The Insolent is the most important. There is no build-ups, no introductions or no beating around the bush, the agonizing scream that starts the album is brutal. It’s not too long. It’s not too short. It’s a statement maker, and one that you will not forget.
Indianapolis is not usually a jumping off point for a tour, but this was not the case with Sanctuary. Vocalist Warrel Dane told me prior the show that this was the first time Sanctuary had been to Indianapolis, though he had been here when he was with the band Nevermore.
There is an interesting parallel that is going on in William Alexander’s world. On Strangest Things he mystically merges together a vintage style of early ‘60s pop with a more modern dream pop element glued together by soft-tinges of psych-pop creating a feeling that this is not someone who is simply
Jason Erb has done it all, at least for this album. The one man band, Velcro Mary, has tackled this project from every perspective and what Leave A Light On does is give us a taste for the feeling of nostalgia and a solemn walk through heartfelt ‘90s alternative gaze
For an EP, newcomer neump’s Bug of June is a subtle giant; a sedate dancefloor exploration of deep space meets the inner void of neuron four on the floors. At first the title track means nothing. Not really experimentation and not so much serving the purpose of being an introduction,