Posts Tagged ‘featured’

Ancient Scottish Music Goes Global

Ancient Scottish Music Goes Global
Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts Urstan (Drag City) There is a bar called the Caledonia, on the far edge of College Street, in Toronto. It’s a new bar, and I had my first outdoor drink of the season there a couple of weeks ago. There, one of the bartenders chided me gently, because I ordered...
April 26th, 2012 | Featured, Music | Read More

Somewhere Between Plants and Animals

Somewhere Between Plants and Animals
Plants and Animals The End of That (Secret City) Plants and Animals are arguably Montreal’s second-finest indie rockers after Arcade Fire. I’ve been trying to get a feel for their third full length, The End of That, for a couple of weeks now, and I just can’t. Here is the best I have yet...
April 17th, 2012 | Featured, Music | Read More

Sheep & Goats: David Crowder, Springsteen, Chevelle, and More!

Sheep & Goats: David Crowder, Springsteen, Chevelle, and More!
Sheep & Goats returns from an unexpected paternity leave! (The paternity was expected, but the need for leave was not.) If anyone has any wise words about why I should like the new Craig Finn album, or anything else, have at it in the comments! A brief reminder of the grading scale: A “Sheep”...
February 3rd, 2012 | Featured, Music, Sheep & Goats | Read More

An Open Letter to Five Iron Frenzy

An Open Letter to Five Iron Frenzy
We’ve been chanting for eight years. Standing shoulder to shoulder as our hair disappeared and our children were born, with sweat dried on our foreheads as we yearned for more of what only you gave us. Of course we knew you would never come. You don’t do encores and we admired you for it. We came...
January 26th, 2012 | Featured, Music | Read More

Five Iron Frenzy: Back From the Dead

Five Iron Frenzy: Back From the Dead
Eight years ago tonight it was snowing in Denver, CO. I know because I was there, along with thousands of Five Iron Frenzy fans, some who had traveled from around the world. We were there to see the end of something we had loved; to experience it one final time; to put it to rest. In November, Five Iron...
January 26th, 2012 | Featured, Music | Read More

Bon Iver’s Liturgy of Healing

Bon Iver’s Liturgy of Healing
An attempt at a Bon Iver concert review / The Meaning of Music. So, I saw Bon Iver at the Paramount in Seattle. No big deal. EXCEPT THAT IT WAS A BIG DEAL. ‘CAUSE IT WAS EPIC. … AND IF YOU WEREN’T THERE YOU MISSED OUT. BIG TIME. End of story. Cut, print, thank you come again! – Anyone can...
October 13th, 2011 | Featured, Music | Read More

Reckoning with R.E.M. Part 1: Losing My Religion

Reckoning with R.E.M. Part 1: Losing My Religion
As you’ve probably heard, American rock band R.E.M. officially broke up on Wednesday, September 21. In the ’80s, along with Irish rock band U2, R.E.M. was the most prominent voice adapting underground sensibilities to mainstream radio. In the ’90s they got huge and became elder statesmen...
September 30th, 2011 | Featured, Music | Read More

Creatively Destroying Borders

Creatively Destroying Borders
Then I took a good look at everything I’d done, looked at all the sweat and hard work. But when I looked, I saw nothing but smoke. Smoke and spitting into the wind. There was nothing to any of it. Nothing. (Ecclesiastes 2:11, The Message translation) Death by Borders On occasion, working at Borders...
September 28th, 2011 | Books, Featured | Read More

This is My Brain on Phish

This is My Brain on Phish
Phish, the four piece Vermont jam band, recently wrapped up another summer playing its unique brand of music in outdoor amphitheaters around the country. I paid attention. I have been a fan since I started college in Boston as the ‘80s became the ‘90s and Phish was playing in clubs and small theaters...
September 19th, 2011 | Featured, Music | Read More

Sheep & Goats: Thi’sl, Owl City, Drive-By Truckers, and More!

Sheep & Goats: Thi’sl, Owl City, Drive-By Truckers, and More!
In Chicago radio news that sort of affects you, my Sunday morning drive-to-church jam, “Street Sermonz With Keno”, has been cancelled. Week after week, Keno Greer has been playing a mix of gospel, Christian R&B, and holy hip-hop that’s musically equal to any other three-hour block...
September 6th, 2011 | Featured, Music, Sheep & Goats | Read More