Rust Belt towns across the upper Midwest
are on the verge of oblivion, their economies hallowed out by
technological innovation and globalization. Yet many are not ready to
give up on blue-collar bastions like Akron, Ohio, as David Giffels’ new
On Houndmouth’s full-length debut, 2013’s From the Hills Below the City,
you can tell the quartet is smitten with the majestic charm of
Americana masters The Band. “Penitentiary,” the calling-card tune that
triggered Internet buzz and eventually drew the interest of famed indie
label Rough Trade, could be mistaken for a Music from Big Pink
Vic and Gab’s first full-length, last year’s Love of Mine,
is even more assured, the sound of a band coming into its own. Album
opener “Love of Mine” sets the tone, a dreamily atmospheric Pop tune
that’s almost impossible to eradicate once it enters your ears.
The mayor of Minneapolis declared Sept.
13, 2013 as “Har Mar Superstar Day,” in honor of a man whose soulful,
hyper-sexual R&B stylings have been overshadowed by his resemblance
to porn star Ron Jeremy and a stage show that includes the singer
clothed in nothing more than a pair of tighty-whities.
Author and onetime University of Cincinnati (UC) professor Brock Clarke has high praise for David James Poissant, who earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from UC in 2011: "Poissant will end up being his generation's Richard Ford: his fiction is full of big ideas, of startling insights into how we live now."
Sunbather, the second album from
Deafheaven, is a true listening “experience.” Clocking in at just under
an hour, it moves from the epic blast-furnace riffage and jackhammer
drumming of “Dream House” to the pensive, piano-laced wanderings of
“Irresistible” with uncommon grace and fluidity. And that’s just the
first two songs.
Denmark has yielded a number of
intriguing artists over the years, none more compelling of late than
Lars von Trier, a provocative filmmaker whose latest effort, Nymphomaniac,
is as graphic and emotionally caustic as its title would suggest. Yet
Quadron, an Electro Soul outfit from Copenhagen,
comes from the opposite end of the artistic spectrum, delivering sleek
slow-jams with titles like “Favorite Star,” “Hey Love” and “Crush.”