It seems like in the past, Cincinnati had a reputation for
being the kind of place you could move away from for a decade knowing
that when you returned, the gas station, grocery store and drinking
establishments would be there waiting for you, exactly as you left them.
As Raekwon told Red Bull Academy Radio in an interview earlier this year, his latest release, 'Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang' (named after Gordon Liu's 1981 martial arts flick), addresses the longtime infighting between himself and his group, Wu-Tang Clan. Metaphorically, the "hip-hopera" pits the group's collaborative roots against ever-present conflicts that disjointed the clan. But, musically it seems Raekwon's making peace with himself and, hopefully, his fellow Wu-mates.
Jukebox the Ghost seems to be under so many influences that it should have a designated driver. Just two years after the band’s accomplished debut, Let Live and Let Ghosts, the Philadelphia trio’s sophomore album, Everything Under the Sun, was easily one of the most surprising albums of 2010.
At first blush, Dan “Soupy” Campbell's lyrics and Charles Bukowski's poetry and prose have a whole lot of nothing in common. In The Wonder Years, Campbell backs up buoyant Melodic Hardcore/Pop Punk with defiantly upbeat verse, coping with trials, travels and tribulations by maintaining a silver lining mentality. Bukowski, on the other hand, was a downtrodden cur of a writer, providing one unflinching look at his fucked-up reality after another.
Tokyo Police Club will probably deliver another EP of Electro-laced Indie Rock in late 2011, but most of this year brings month-long tours and time for jamming. So says guitarist Josh Hook, who checked in by phone from Austin, Tex., more than 1,500 miles from his home in Toronto.
Terrible Things' debut is a concept album shaped around a series of arsons in the bands' hometown of Coatesville, Pa. The trio maps out hooky, soaring AltRock that moves competently, peppering through interesting shifts and twists.
The Soft Pack’s is influenced by The Fall, The Modern Lovers, The Replacements, The Feelies and R.E.M. and sounds like real cattle-prodded Garage Punk/Pop that in fact mirrors the influences they claim. “Fun fact” time: The Soft Pack’s second 7-inch single, “Answer to Myself”, holds the distinction of being the last song streamed on our beloved WOXY.com.
Led by vocalist/ guitarist/ keyboardist Artturi Taira and multi-instrumentalist cohorts, the Finnish quartet Rubik has concocted its sophomore full length album, 'Dada Bandits,' skillfully mixing Synth Pop, Prog and Indie Rock into a frenetic singularity that alternates between tremulous vulnerability and artful bombast.
Soon after Joseph D'Agostino got his band underway, Cymbals Eat Guitars received Indie Rock's most profitable stamp of approval. Pitchfork assigned the 2009 debut 'Why There Are Mountains' album an 8.3 rating and included it on the site's "Best New Music" list. Early acclaim did come with a price.
Foxy Shazam might have signed to super-conglomerate Warner Bros., but they're not reining in their enthusiasm for unhinged craziness and uniquely eccentric creativity. Witness the recurring lyric from "Bye Bye Symphony" from Foxy's about-to-be-released major-label debut, a line at once wildly hilarious, supremely confident and nonsensibly pragmatic: "Life is a bitch, but she's totally doable." That sentiment belongs on the bumper of every car in America.