Ryan Graveface, Elsa and Phaedra Greene are the spirits at the heart of Savannah, Georgia electropop group The Casket Girls. They’re playing a free show on February 23rd at Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids as part of the Graveface Road Show. With them will be Ryan Graveface’s shoegaze project, Dreamend, and dream pop outfit The Stargazer Lilies (who happened to put out one of my favorite albums of[...]
Traits - Out Of My Mind Traits sent me their self-titled release for an early listen and was kind enough to allow us to premiere a new song here. I've been listening to the album quite a bit this past week and have to say the standout track is "Out Of My Mind" (which also happens to be the longest track on the album). Most of the tracks are concise and tightly written, but this one sprawls a bit a[...]
This past Thursday I caught up with Doug and Bryan Enas, the two brothers from Bloomington, Indiana who make up the band Stagnant Pools. It was interesting seeing the dynamic between the two. Their back and forth reminded me of conversations with my own brother. Anyways, enough about the pretext. Here's what they had to say after we headed next door to Sneakers to discuss the band's history and fu[...]
“Drinking while sleeping strangers unknowingly keep me company.”
These were the first words out of Bill Callahan's mouth on the stage at Trinosophes last night and rather appropriate ones. He is an enigma in the current world of indie rock. Whereas most artists now strive for attention in the increasingly crowded market and have no lack of banter for their audiences, Bill Callahan seems at a lo[...]
Tons of shit has been happening. Kwame got 28 years. The government is shutdown. Tigers are going to the ALCS. Time to get black-out drunk and kick out the jams. Let's all have one of those weekends where you wake up covered in vomit in a car that isn't yours.
Get the weekend started by pronouncing your love for America. Ignore the large-scale genocide of Native Americans and the sociopat[...]
Apparently Prof. Reid actually heeded the advice of Gloria Estefan's The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and opened a specialty asylum for those who can't stop dancing. AlunaGeorge, the electronic English dynamos, shot their new video for Best Be Believing there. The video contains some fun homages...namely a Nurse Ratchet look-a-like and a nod to that iconic photo of all those Russian kids receiving ligh[...]
Over at MCR HQ we've been quite busy. Taking a cue from Keith Alexander, we've taken the millions we stole from taxpayers to recreate a famed TV set. Instead of making the bridge from Star Trek, we instead decided to make a replica of the Miami house occupied by the Golden Girls. I'm writing this from the lanai. Here's what's worth checking out this weekend.
Friday night: Straight from Clarkston [...]
Take a deep breath...the festivals are over! You can finally return to your favorite hangouts without being bombarded by shitheads from North Oakland County and the same bands you've heard ad nauseum. Rest easy and get out to check out some freshness.
Friday night: That's right we're all fucking old...In Utero was released 20 years ago. Fear not though! The Axis Mundi Collective is going to avail[...]
"There is room enough indoors in New York City for the whole 1963 world's population to enter, with room enough inside for all hands to dance the twist in average nightclub proximity." -R. Buckminster Fuller
Quite the statement, but an ample illustration of Fuller's humor and the size of his ideas. The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller is more of a portrait than a conventional biography. Takin[...]
Brooklyn duo Beacon consists of Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett. Together they create a blend of sultry electronic jams coupled with smooth R&B influenced vocals. Their new album, The Ways We Separate, came out in April of this year and they're part way through their national tour. After their set at the Movement/Ghostly stage at Saturday's Laneway Festival they sat down with me to disc[...]
As promised, here are the highlights from St. Jerome's Laneway Festival Detroit.
Photos 1-5: Youth Lagoon
Photos 6-9: Heathered Pearls
Photos 10-15: Beacon
Photos 16-20: Shigeto
Photos 21-23: Savages
Photos 24-31: The Dismemberment Plan
Photos 32-37: Sigur Rós
Photos 38-43: The National