word that Built to Spill is working on what will be its eighth
full-length studio effort, which we’re told will probably drop in late
2014. Until then, the band has embarked on an extensive tour, which is
good news for those of us who like to get lost in sound — Built to
Spill’s epic guitar reveries are even more immersive in a live setting.
Michael E. Keating spent 34 years as a photojournalist at The Cincinnati Enquirer,
where his vivid work gave readers views of the Queen City that could be
beautiful, troubling or revealing — sometimes all at once and almost
always imbued with an uncommon sense of humanity.
Easton’s released a slew of
Americana-flavored records since parting ways with Haynes Boys in the
late ’90s, each time touring across America and Europe, playing for the
type of small but mostly appreciative crowds that might discourage
With the rise of Amazon, Netflix, iTunes
and myriad other Internet-driven options, old-school brick-and-mortar
book, video and music stores are evaporating at a rapid pace. It’s a
distressing development for many of us who grew up wandering the aisles
of such places, and that isn’t just nostalgia talking.
title track is a gorgeous slow-burner marked by Arnarson’s whispery
vocals and Arnalds’ atmospheric electronic compositions, which float by
via twinkling keyboards and glitchy beats that sound as if they’re
itching to break through to another, less nuanced record.
often hard to discern what the hell frontman Alex Edkins is raging on
about, but it doesn’t matter much when your frontal lobe is blown off
via the trio’s lacerating racket, which sounds like In Utero-era Nirvana on fast-forward or Fugazi at its immersive, air-raid-siren best.
Warpaint emits a hypnotic, groove-based
blend of textures and emotions that could only have sprouted from the
fertile imaginations of its four members. There’s a mysterious, unpredictable element to the band’s
lush vocals and mood-altering soundscapes that is all its own.