With its 2015 debut full-length, My Love is Cool, London’s Wolf Alice accomplished a fairly nifty trick by exhibiting the distinctive traits of any number of genres while somehow managing to transcend them all in the creation of a unique sonic identity.
A dozen years ago, Dustin Lynch lit out from his tiny hometown of Tullahoma, Tenn., for the brighter lights and bigger city of Nashville, Tenn., with the express purpose of hitting Music City’s fame lottery.
The past few years have seen a lot of buzz about Nashville, Tenn.’s fertile Rock scene, which is often presented as a counterpart to the city’s vital role as the Modern Country music business’ nerve center.
For eight years after its 2003 formation, The Academy Is... was one of the leading lights of the Emo movement, championed by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and signed to Fueled by Ramen (with later distribution through Wentz’s Decaydance label).
The term “virtuoso” is not used much
these days when it comes to musical acts that tour outside of on-campus
recital halls or similar venues. But Andy McKee is just that, a
wonderful guitarist who can play a wide array of styles masterfully.
Ne-Hi is the latest group to come out of the Chicago
area’s rich lineage of Modern Rock, which has historically produced some
of music’s most influential acts and continues to pump out strong new
bands on a regular basis.
Waxeater is full-bore Post Punk/Hardcore with brains, brawn and balls. The band launched its 2010 Sleeper album with a track called “Are Those Fucking Beers Ice Cold Yet?” and devoted its latest, 2013’s Baltimore Record, to songs themed entirely around the HBO series The Wire.
It’s both amazing and ironic that, at
some point this year, The Queers celebrated their 33-1/3 anniversary. It
was 1982, two years into Ronald Reagan’s first term, when New Hampshire
native Joe King felt Punk’s inexorable pull.