Remember a few years ago when you couldn’t walk into a
Starbucks without hearing the words, “Three words that became hard to
say/I and love and you?” At the time, you probably rolled your eyes, but The Avett Brothers ended up becoming kind of a big deal. While “I and Love and You,” as a song, was mostly mellow
and Folk-ish, it’s far from a decent indicator of the sort of noise the
Brothers are capable of creating.
Memorial Day (originally called “Decoration Day”) was founded after the Civil War. The amount of men both the South and the Union lost during the Civil War was so staggering that it is often still referred to as our bloodiest war. Needing a way to grieve for their fallen loved ones, women and children took to the cemeteries to decorate the graves of their killed husbands, fathers and brothers....
Wailing guitars and screaming
Rock stars have their place in the hearts of many Americans, but
they’re certainly not needed to make great Rock music. A quick listen to
Hoots & Hellmouth will prove exactly that. The boys of Hoots
make music that may be different from what graces Top 40 radio, but
it’s far from unique. They’ve fashioned their tunes after stuff we’ve
listened to for decades.
While many bands spend years toiling around, looking for
their place within the music scene, Rise Against found their niche over a
decade ago. They lead the way in making mosh pit-stirring music with
Bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles was originally formed as a side
project so the original four members could take a break from their Rock
bands, but the exercise was comfortable and rewarding enough to warrant giving
up Rock and moving full-time to Bluegrass.
One need not be a fan of
Bluegrass to enjoy the music of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. They make music
for anyone who squirms giddily at the symphony or geeks out over complicated
arrangements and often ignored time signatures. The Flecktones are now touring in support of their
newest album, Life in Eleven, the first album to be recorded by the
original lineup since the ’90s.
To say that Blue October has taken a rocky road to stardom would be a bit of an understatement. Inarguably Blue’s most notable song, “Hate Me,” was
written as an apology for the hardships lead singer Justin Furstenfeld
put his mother through while addicted to drugs. Blue October’s two
latest albums were both spawned by Furstenfeld’s nasty divorce and
subsequent custody battle. There is no simple life, though, which is perhaps what draws so many people to Blue’s music.
Some musicians get jaded and cynical when they become mostly known for only a handful of songs that aren’t even necessarily the best examples of their work. When this happens, bands sometimes fall entirely on their most popular songs and use them as a crutch. Or they shy away from playing them at all.
Alison Krauss and Union Station may have earned their biggest media coverage and adde...
Remember when every single song played on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy suddenly became a hit? That’s how nearly everyone (stateside, at least) became infatuated with Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars.”
The Irish/Scottish band might have formed 12 years earlier, but it took
“Chasing Cars” to earn them some well-deserved hype in the U.S. Pop/Rock
scene. Since finding their niche, they’ve received numerous accolades,
including a slew of Meteor Music Awards.