John Vanderslice- Emerald City

I’ve never been a huge fan of Vanderslice’s recorded work but seeing him live is another experience entirely. I’ve seen him open for the Mountain Goats several times and each time been amazed by his stage presence and energy. So as always I wasn’t wowed when I heard his new album Emerald City, but ah […]

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Rainer Maria- Look Now Look Again

Rainer Maria, a now defunct indie rock band from Madison Wisconsin, named themselves after the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Their last album, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together came out in 2006 but I’m going to post a couple tracks from 1999’s Look Now Look Again because it’s my favorite and what the heck, it’s my blog. […]

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Bedouin Soundclash – Street Gospel

Oh Bedouin Soundclash, why must you make such sweet, sweet music? Reggae and Dub will never be the same after listening to your newest release. Bedouin Soundclash’s Street Gospel (out August 21st) blends soulful vocals with crisp rhythmic beats, making Street Gospel arguably, their strongest release (and I really love “Sounding A Mosiac”) It usually […]

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Lil’ Markie

Lil’ Markie (aka evangelical Christian Mark Fox) terrifies me. He sings the good word in a high-pitched voice that supposed to sound like a child I guess; really it’s just creepy. The worst/best song is probably “Diary of an Unborn Child” in which Markie sings from the point of view of an aborted fetus. Listening […]

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The Weakerthans

After John Samson left Propagandhi he started a publishing company, then he started another band. Bet you can’t guess which this post is about. The band, The Weakerthans, play indie-rock, folk-punk. It’s been four years since their last release “Reconstruction Site” so I’m pumped to hear they have a new album coming out in September. […]

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