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Cloud Nothings

March 22 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Friday, March 16, 2012
Hold onto your seats, Cloud Nothings fans, as we're about to exclusively break a new and crucial piece of info about the Cleveland band's second record. While discussing the development of Attack on Memory, Nothings leader Dylan Baldi reveals a curious detail: “Steve Albini bought us kazoos that we used on the second song.” Take a second to visualize a misanthropic musician/producer best known (as an artist) for writing a record called Songs About Fucking exchanging American currency for kazoos.  

Carina Round

March 3 • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Thursday, February 23, 2012
Eight years ago, Interscope Records released a compilation called Freshly Squeezed: The Best New Music of 2004 with issues of Spin magazine. It was a fairly good comp, but one track in particular stuck out — Carina Round's virile, ominous “Into My Blood,” a slow-burning masterpiece full of fantastically apocalyptic and occultist imagery filtered through the perspective of one woman. The song sounded like an introduction to a would-be superstar.  

Purling Hiss with Dr. Dog

Feb. 19 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Thursday, February 9, 2012
Officially, Philadelphia-rooted Psychedelic/Garage Rock outfit Purling Hiss consists of three members, but the brain stem of the whole affair is undoubtedly singer/guitarist Mike Polizze. The project is  the product of Polizze messing around with a grab bag of elements, from sound levels to white noise to the song structures.  

Beyond the Grave Concerns

The Koffin Kats aim for life beyond blood, guts and just getting by

1 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
For a show focused on two skeevy, aimless teenagers, Beavis and Butt-Head sure has done a lot of good for the world. In its original run, the MTV program delivered endless numbers of gloriously stupid dirty jokes, set the stage for Daria, and gave hundreds of musicians exposure by way of playing music videos alongside the duo’s inane commentary. That last practice inadvertently led to the creation of The Koffin Kats.  

Music: The Koffin Kats

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 13, 2011
For a show focused on two skeevy, aimless teenagers, Beavis and Butt-Head sure has done a lot of good for the world. In its original run, the MTV program delivered endless numbers of gloriously stupid  

Pop Evil

Dec. 10 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
This past May’s incarnation of Rock on the Range, the annual Hard Rock/Metal fest held in Columbus, Ohio, was far from noteworthy in terms of idiosyncratic performances. Heavyweights such as A Perfect Circle, Danzig and Korn played sets that were so technically well-orchestrated that they offered little in the way of spontaneity or unusual detail; most bands’ ROTR performances were interchangeable with any other night on tour.   

Music: Pop Evil

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 6, 2011
This past May’s incarnation of Rock on the Range, the annual Hard Rock/Metal fest held in Columbus, Ohio, was far from noteworthy in terms of idiosyncratic performances. Heavyweights such as A Perfe  

Music: Jesse Sykes

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Jesse Sykes is absolutely smitten with the idea of the slow build. On both the August-released Marble Son and the preceding three albums, the namesake of Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter has sh  

Jesse Sykes

Nov. 19 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, November 14, 2011
On both the August-released Marble Son and the preceding three albums, the namesake of Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter has shown her devotion to tracks that take their time to venture anywhere they want. Instruments move in meticulous, drawn-out motions, and when explosions finally do occur in songs, they ruminate and linger instead of demanding immediate emotional results.
  

Music: Truth & Salvage Co.

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Truth & Salvage Co. serves as the perfect moniker for this Americana and Country outfit, since every element of their name is represented in some way. The key aspect is “Truth” — the prima