Manchester Orchestra is loud and
rattling, both from the volume the group can unleash and from the depth
and emotion in its lyrics. Whether filtered through computer speakers or
amplified live from the stages of some of America’s best venues, the
group’s music has a way of making “all the feels” come rocketing to the
There are few better examples of the
injustice of the term “one-hit wonder” than Freedy Johnston. Although he
fits the description with his lone hit single, 1994’s “Bad Reputation,”
his output before and after his one ubiquitous smash has been every bit
as deserving of commercial acceptance.
word that Built to Spill is working on what will be its eighth
full-length studio effort, which we’re told will probably drop in late
2014. Until then, the band has embarked on an extensive tour, which is
good news for those of us who like to get lost in sound — Built to
Spill’s epic guitar reveries are even more immersive in a live setting.
Patrick Stickles’ impassioned yelps are
impossible to ignore. The frontman for New Jersey-based Indie Rock
outfit Titus Andronicus sounds as if he’s on fire, fueled by the passion
of his dense, richly detailed lyrical concerns, which range from the
American Civil War and the dangers of contemporary capitalism to food
fights and getting trashed.
In 2011, Atlas Genius was swamped with
gigs, recording and fall exams, so the members neglected their email for
a few weeks. When they checked it, they found dozens of messages from
industry reps proffering label deals, management, bookings and legal
advice. By early 2012, “Trojans” had hit the top of Sirius XM channel
Alt Nation’s chart.
Each member of The Spring Standards plays multiple
instruments: Guitar, piano and bass are accompanied by all three
musicians having their own drum kit onstage, connected in the middle.
Above that, of course, the group’s bright and infectious music is buoyed
by their lead and harmony vocals.
One gets the sense that John Darnielle would completely
lose it if he couldn’t write songs. Seriously, is there anyone on the
current musical landscape who seems to get more out of unloading his
fertile imagination than the prolific Mountains Goats ringleader?
After a handful of consistently diverse indie albums, Portugal. The Man got the call from the big leagues and
delivered a world-class major-label debut with 2011's glam-charged In the Mountain in the Cloud.
Ordinarily, Indie Rock, Halo and skating share a
whole heap of nothing in common. But for Wild Moccasins
vocalist/guitarist Cody Swann, each of those things has functioned as an
all-enveloping obsession at some point in his life.