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Natalie Prass Critical Round-Up and P4K’s Olivia Horn-Penned Op-Ed

Sometimes a good press kit will set up your album for some easy reviews. Maybe this makes the reviewers happier (since their narrative is comfortably preconceived for them) and hopefully it ends up getting your artist a more positive review. But it… Continue Reading →

The Kurt Factor: Jealous Of The Birds & Courtney Barnett

2018 is a proving to be a stellar year for female artists and musicians. I am particularly moved by two of the innovative ladies with stellar records out this year, one whom is an Australian you may know well and… Continue Reading →

7.1? Kanye’s Record Blows But Pitchfork Can’t Admit It

7.1 out of 10. Definitely a passing score, right? It won’t get you Pitchfork’s coveted “Best New Music” or anything but it isn’t a critical lashing. If you’re a lo-fi minimalist electronic artist from Detroit biting your nails in worry… Continue Reading →

Who Did It Better: Mr. Tambourine Man… Dylan or The Byrds

David C.: The first time I heard The Byrds’ cut of “Mr. Tambourine Man” was in a History of Rock class in college, because some of us didn’t have the privilege of being raised on proper music – In fact,… Continue Reading →

Critic Review: New Chvrches Record Is Dead On Arrival But Pitchfork Can’t Admit It

What, you can’t give a bad review to Chvrches? Mayberry and The Two Synth Dudes can’t be that powerful, can they? This band had, what, one surprise hit album maybe five summers ago? Then a less successful one maybe two… Continue Reading →

Watch This! Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s Volunteered Slavery

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a true jazz character –  A blind multi-instrumentalist, with the unique ability of circular-breathing that allowed him to play endless phrases without coming up for breath.  Politically outspoken with a penchant for theatrical eccentricity, Rahsaan would habitually… Continue Reading →

The Official Most Fucked Up Band Of All Time: Roky Erickson & The Missing Links

If asked to name the most dangerous, depraved, socially maladjusted band of all time, most nerds will inevitably point right to everyone’s favorite ancient-church-torching, bandmate-murdering  gaggle of Norwegian Viking wannabes: Mayhem. Others will mention the black magic dabbling, statutory rape… Continue Reading →

Who Did It Better: Little Wing… Hendrix Or Clapton

Dave D: Reading Dan’s insanely good article on The Layla Curse, I got to thinking on the track Little Wing, incessantly humming between the Hendrix and Clapton versions.  I recall Clapton’s version being on FM radio with pretty regular frequency… Continue Reading →

The Layla Curse: How Eric Clapton’s Masterpiece Is Responsible For Parentacide, Dead Guitar Heroes, Failed Kidneys, Bad Shorts, And Even Disco

You’ve heard the song at least 102,697 times. It’s been blasting from the FM Classic Rock stations at every jobsite you’ve ever walked past. A limp acoustic version haunted your MTV childhood. It’s lush piano outro soundtracked several of the… Continue Reading →

Lord Huron – Vide Noir

People may be wary of or fascinated by a good transformation story, but the best kind of transformation, one that *everyone* should jump up and down about, is the step-by-step process of an artist honing their sound over the course… Continue Reading →

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