Nickel Creek is back. The Bluegrass-y trio first arrived in
1993 and quickly became a well-loved band. In 2007, they embarked on their “Farewell (For
Now)” tour. Now, they’ve teamed up once again for
the release of A Dotted Line.
Ace guitarist Robben Ford has always had
the chops. The California native has a resume that includes five Grammy
Award nominations, as well as music made with a list of artists ranging
from George Harrison, Miles Davis and Phil Lesh to Joni Mitchell, Bonnie
Raitt and Susan Tedeschi.
Given his raspy delivery, spare acoustic
guitar accompaniment, erudite wordplay and numerous Tom Waits videos
posted on his Tumblr page, it’s easy to draw a line between Seattle
singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen and the world’s most famous boho
troubadour. Too easy, perhaps.
There is a fair amount of evidence that
Jam/Psych bands are primarily interested in mindless noodling on a
musical bridge to nowhere, Electronic bands are satisfied to
“unce-unce-unce” on varying themes with no discernible point and Prog
bands have a tendency to disappear up their own asses with Classical
suites and Middle Earth imagery. Papadosio understands all of those
stereotypical paradigms and assiduously avoids falling prey to any of them.
One of the finest bands to emerge from
the Dayton, Ohio, music scene over the last 15 years, Lab Partners
continue to carry on Gem City’s reputation as a hot-bed for Indie Rock.
The band also has direct ties to some of the artists who helped bring
international attention to the city’s music in the first place.
Joe Casey is agitated. The frontman and
chief word slinger for Detroit’s Protomartyr opens the quartet’s second
full-length record, the stellar Under Color of Official Right,
with this recurring statement: “There’s just a clack in the brain now.”
Sidewalk Chalk's just-released second album, Leaves, opens with a live clip in which frontdude/rapper Rico Sisney and frontlady/singer Maggie Vagle ask a crowd to shout out the Hip Hop crew's name on the count of three. It's a fitting intro, for this Chicago octet is, first and foremost, interested in interaction, about stirring minds and moving asses.
the decades have passed and several members have moved in and out,
Supersuckers remain committed to flippant, hooky, high-energy,
underground-friendly Rock & Roll that heavily draws from Rockabilly,
Garage Rock, Country and Punk.