If Robert Earl Keen and Kathleen Edwards
formed a Bluegrass/Americana duo and managed to retain their individual
identities while combining their collective talents into a distinct
third direction, they would sound a lot like Mandolin Orange.
Identifying Charles Walker’s influences
doesn’t require prolonged exposure or intense examination. The Milwaukee
native grew up with a love of the Blues, Funk, Pop and Motown, as
evidenced by his devotion to Luther Allison, Prince and Stevie Wonder,
and the sound that he’s developed with his latest outfit, appropriately
tagged the Charles Walker Band.
The Infamous Stringdusters are one of the
more high-powered acts that exist on the fringes of Bluegrass music. Ten
years as a band, the Stringdusters have built up an impressive
following with albums and live shows that are upbeat, fun and fueled by
Successful Australian singer/songwriter
Xavier Rudd was compelled to push his art in new and interesting directions. Long desiring to assemble an Impossible Missions Force of
global musical talent with the express purpose of refracting his ideas
through fresh contextual prisms, for his new album, Nanna, Rudd achieved his goal with a new band that he's appropriately dubbed the United Nations.
In a world where Punk has become a
commodity on a par with soy lattes and $500 tennis shoes, it’s
comforting to know that Agent Orange is still prowling the wastelands
and kicking the universe in its rapidly descending ballsack.
History will always chiefly remember Kurt
Cobain as a creator of music, not a consumer. But the Nirvana leader
was also an avid advocate for his favorite groups and most cherished
influences. In the posthumously released Journals, he documented his 50 favorite records. Most telling of all was his inclusion of Pixies’ Surfer Rosa in spot No. 2. That’s significant because Nirvana’s biggest hit owes a great debt to the group.
There is a sense of desolation and edgy
calm in The Antlers’ expansively compelling soundscapes. If you were
freezing to death on an Antarctic ice shelf, this is the music your
brain would spontaneously create to distract you from your imminent
About halfway through “Deathcamp,” the lead track on Tyler, the Creator’s new album Cherry Bomb,
the dense, hard-charging music takes a breather so the controversial
California-bred rapper can declare, “I don’t like to follow the
rules/And that’s just who I am/I hope you understand.” No doubt many don’t understand, which
seems to suit Tyler just fine