When Dean Ambrose saunters down the stands of U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday evening for a taping of WWE SmackDown
— WWE’s weekly program that airs Fridays on Syfy — he will do so under
profoundly different circumstances from a decade back.
The workhorses of No Age project the
sensibility of a band that’s deeply D.I.Y., Punk to the bone and
extra-mindful of everything they do. From an outsider’s perspective,
it’s tough to gauge whether No Age’s tenacity stems from a ceaseless
need to be productive, a compulsion to stay in the spotlight or the
desire to build up to a certain kind of goal.
As Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Aly Spaltro is currently
earning attention for raw, poignant tunes that glow with gusto — both as
wandering, relatively skeletal acoustic-rooted numbers and feisty,
forceful electric-propelled tunes. In either instance, she decorates her
songs with imagistic, compellingly detailed and often innocuous lyrics
about troubled relationships and scattered trepidations.
It doesn’t really come as a surprise
that slanted Americana-flavored singer/songwriter Will Oldham (aka
Bonnie “Prince” Billy) was an Everly Brothers fan as a kid growing up in
Louisville, Ky. More curious is the fact that Oldham’s latest album, What the Brothers Sang, is a tribute to the Everlys’ iconic employment of vocal harmony.
New Orleanian Dwayne Michael Carter
Jr., better known to the world at large as Lil Wayne, has jammed a
couple of lifetimes into his first 30 years, but that’s bound to happen
when you sign a music contract at age 9. That’s when Wayne linked up
with rapper B.G. to form the duo the B.G.’z and became part of the
renowned Cash Money roster.