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Off to the Races

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s whimsical Indie Pop aims for long-term viability

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein knew each other for years and years before ever writing a thing together. More along the lines of acquaintances than friends, the two musicians were familiar through the Detroit music scene and maintained respect for the other’s output, but nothing ever clicked. Then 2009 came along, and their dynamic was totally revamped.  

Music: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein knew each other for years and years before ever writing a thing together. More along the lines of acquaintances than friends, the two musicians were familiar through the Detroit music scene and maintained respect for the other’s output, but nothing ever clicked. Then 2009 came along, and their dynamic was totally revamped.  

Music: Earth

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 14, 2011
It must have been something to be a marginalized Rock musician in Seattle in 1993, right when Grunge's popularity was skyrocketing and Kurt Cobain's suicide had yet to cast a pall over the scene. Dylan Carlson, guitarist of (mostly) instrumental titans Earth, was once such a person. In '93, his band released its first LP, Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version, a crushing behemoth of glacial, distant guitar lines. (Songs started at 15 minutes long and only rose from there.)  

Earth

June 19 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Friday, June 10, 2011
Now a band some 20 years old (if not counting the long hiatus between the late '90s and early '00s), Earth creates Folk-ish Metal that sounds timeless in its sparseness, as exhibited on the recent album, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I.  

Music: Shivering Timbers

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Think for a second — how many songs or bands can you think of that are inspired by or for children? Your tally will likely be low, even if a few examples pop up here and there. Shivering Timbers, the musical entity masterminded by Akron-based spouses Sarah and Jayson Benn, recently joined this unusual lineage.  

Music: Nightlands

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 7, 2011
By now, the Indie Rock world has become well acquainted with Kurt Vile. In the past few years, the Psych/Folk Rock-playing Philadelphian's been signed to independent heavyweight Matador Records, toured his ass off and released a couple of idiosyncratic records. But before the guitarist/vocalist established his rep through solo happenings, he was part of The War on Drugs, a placid, Americana-leaning group.  

I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business

June 1 • The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The “Pay What You Want” tour title isn't entirely accurate — tickets go anywhere from $5 to $25, depending on what you want to chip in (and what bonus treats you want with your ticket) — but the approach is rather innovative, as several bands have released albums in this kind of model, though not so much on the touring side.  

Music: I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 31, 2011
If you ever forget just how lousy life in the music business can be, Arthur "Ace" Enders' interview with PropertyOfZack last December will refresh your memory. Until that point, the musician sounded like he had an awesome 2010. A Kickstarter project raising funds for a new album by his band I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business raised $30,593 of a $10K goal and he'd put out three releases by the year's end. Not so bad, right? His words presented a different image.  

Wild at Heart

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers dip into Rock & Roll's disheveled corners

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It's not often that someone sketches out his or her life path as a 13-year-old and sees the results materialize in adulthood, but Shilpa Ray is an exception. At that age, the New Jersey-bred, Brooklyn-based musician heard The Velvet Underground for the first time, an event that had a massive impact on her.  

Music: Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 26, 2011
It's not often that someone sketches out his or her life path as a 13-year-old and sees the results materialize in adulthood, but Shilpa Ray is an exception. "I just knew I wasn't going to lead a very conventional lifestyle and eventually do something creative and not just something practical,” the 31-year-old says, calling from outside a noisy club in Houston before she and Her Happy Hookers take the stage.