Music

Ben’s 10 Volume XLIV: Questions for Bob Seger

Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit down and have a brief, but informative conversation with rock legend Bob Seger. Seger is an incredibly successful recording artist, known for his accessible songwriting referred to by some as “heartland rock.” Some of his biggest hits include “Against the Wind,” “Turn the Page” and “Old Time Rock and Roll.” He was inducted …

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Album Review: Janelle Monae “The Electric Lady”

Rosa Green, contributor Janelle Monáe’s new album The Electric Lady makes me wiggle in my seat. It’s just so incredibly funky and fun. If I’m having trouble starting my day, I put it on and dance crazily around my kitchen and sing along with “Givin Em What They Love,” her duet with Prince. “Tell your preacher and your teacher I …

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Album Review: Luscious Jackson “The Magic Hour”

Leah Brzezinski, contributor I’m ‘bout to get all Linda Richman on y’all. “At 31:05, The Magic Hour is neither an hour, nor is it magical. Discuss.” Luscious Jackson’s alleged comeback revisits many elements I fondly recall from the seminal Fever In, Fever Out album I loved at age 14: quirky bass grooves, dance riffs, and low/high female unison vocals, particularly …

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Album Review: Cas One The Monster and the Wishing Well

Tim Stiles, contributor A mere 150 words are not enough to describe this album appropriately. I’d love to dig into each track and give you feedback, but I’m restricted. Jacob (Cas One) Snider and Eric Hunter have been diligently working on this record for five years, and it shows. The track “Liberation” is flawless, an example of how perfection is …

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Album Review: Tango with Lions “A Long Walk”

Cee Cee Hill, European Music Correspondent The Greeks from “Tango With Lions” write music in English and have a very distinctive, moody American or British vibe. Fronted by Kat Papachristou, their songs are dreamy landscapes that transport you to places where loneliness, love and memories live. Surprisingly, these places remind us more of  mid-western infinite landscapes than sunny white beaches …

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Album Review: Survival Knife “Traces of Me” / “Name That Tune”

For some indie music enthusiasts, the March 2012 live debut of Survival Knife was some of the most exciting news of the year. The band’s debut performance was attended by people from out of their area, recorded and widely distributed via the Internet, creating a buzz among music geeks. The band consists of singer/songwriter Justin Troper and guitarist Brandt Sandeno …

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Tim Kasher: His Sorrows Are a Gold Mine

A Review of the Album “Adult Film” Ben Allen, music editor Over the last two decades Tim Kasher has established himself as one of the most literate, self­-aware and influential songwriters of a generation. His lyrical content in his two primary projects (Cursive and The Good Life) is so brutally honest and introspective that it borders on self-absorbed. Kasher and …

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Megadeth’s “Hangar 18” versus Metallica’s “One”

Daniel Humbarger, Sacramento bureau chief Growing up, I owned one (as in singular) Megadeth album: Countdown to Extinction.  I had every Metallica record up to the self-titled black album (except Garage Inc.,  which was nearly impossible to find at the time). After that, the band began to suck for a while and I tuned out (however, Death Magnetic won me …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLIII: Rock and Roll Refreshments

Most of us will never partake in the excesses and debauchery associated with the lifestyles of some of the most celebrated rock stars. It’s unlikely you’ll ever drive a car into a swimming pool, throw a television out of a hotel window or engage in sexual depravity that would make porn stars blush. I did some research and discovered some …

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Album Review: The Head and the Heart – “Let’s Be Still”

Leah Brzezinski, midwestern music correspondent The Head and the Heart could’ve easily been another tragic flash in the “folk-inspired rock” pan, release a disappointing sophomore album, and begin their slow fade into obscurity. So, way to not fuck it up, guys. Let’s Be Still, released last month on Sub Pop Records, is definitive proof that this once-ragtag bunch of Seattle …

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