If Ben Chasny had his way, he wouldn't be trapped here on
Earth but rather levitating somewhere far above it. Over the 14-year
span of releases from Six Organs of Admittance, Chasny's pet project
fleshed out by a rotating cast of players, he's made his love for the
heavens perfectly clear.
The story of Damien Jurado’s relationship with Punk Rock seems too symmetrical, too fortuitous and too rare to possibly be true. Somehow, though, all the pieces match.
Now 39 and based out of Seattle, Jurado was once a 14-year-old
growing infatuated with Punk.
As time trots forward, the number of Rock & Roll
dudes who self-identify as monarchs only increases. With King Tuff's
arrival, King Diamond, King Krule, King Khan and King Charles welcome
another to their regal ranks.
Hating on the haters is one of those hobbies musicians will never get sick of. With “Execrator” off its latest album, Apocryphon, Heavy Metal four-piece The Sword climbs into this increasingly packed clubhouse.
Unlike the similarly named bands She & Him and The
Dutchess and the Duke, the current version of He's My Brother, She's My
Sister is not a duo featuring
one member from each gender. Instead, it’s a five-piece led by founders/siblings Rachel and Rob Kolar,
who initially ran the project as an acoustic twofer.
The Sea and Cake has never been too dedicated to any one
concept. Fundamentally, the Chicago four-piece could cozily fit into
your average Indie Rock festival, but the group’s not
really interested in sticking to an aesthetic palatable for just that
interested in showmanship and persona building, self-awareness and
humility are rare commodities. John O'Regan — the glammed-up,
Kraftwerk-adoring Toronto resident behind Diamond Rings — is a
refreshing exception to this rule.
Are you a fan of Ramones-indebted Pop Punk that worships Top Gun and Evil Dead, cracks wise-ass observations about Metal show mosh pits and likes to creep out the womenfolk when out in an automobile? If so, congratulations — Teenage Bottlerocket's Freak Out is now your favorite record ever.