Ed. Aquitaine's new record, released last week at the Firebird, is the subject of this week's Homespun column.
You may not know the name Aquitaine unless you're a Francophile, a visitor to the Pyrenees or a Middle Ages buff, so a quick brush-up is in order: The band formed last year as Supermoon, c ... More >>
English space-rock heroes the Telescopes shared both a record label and a scene with bands like the Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine, but never shared the acclaim. And though the Telescopes are worshiped by modern noise makers as O.G. shoegazers, its influence hadn't translated into a full ... More >>
The Darkness saved Samsung's ad from spiraling down into forgettable territory. Let's be blunt. This year's Super Bowl was dismal for Midwesterners.
Sure, there were exceptions. Transplants from Boston, New York City or New Jersey may have enjoyed the game. Some may have had a rooting intere ... More >>
Donnie Darko is one of those films with much more staying power than anybody expected, especially to folks who are constantly followed around by giant rabbits.
The movie isn't exactly everybody's cup of tea, but there's no question that the 2001 Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle managed to develop a cult fol ... More >>
Nearly twenty-five years into its career, Goo Goo Dolls is one of the most consistent rock bands around. The Buffalo, New York-based band is playing at Family Arena tonight with Switchfoot and Green River Ordinance, in advance of its ninth studio album, Something For the Rest of Us. Due Augus ... More >>
As if the SLSO wasn't busy enough having a critically lauded Youth Orchestra, now comes word that the orchestra is pairing up with an ABBA tribute band named Arrival for a special concert on September 11. According to the event's information page, "Arrival recreates the ABBA experience, from every n ... More >>
Coachella announced its 2010 lineup this morning -- and heads all over the country exploded because of the lineup. The list of bands/performers includes (but isn't limited to) Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, Pavement, Faith No More, Public Image Limited, Echo & the Bunnymen, Them Crooked Vultures, the Specials, ... More >>
Here's some unexpected news: The legendary punk/new-wave concert film Urgh! A Music War was released yesterday on DVD via Warner Archives. (Thanks to Shiv for the tip.) Up until now, you could only get the flick -- which featured performances from Echo & the Bunnymen, XTC, the Police, X, Klaus N ... More >>
So, Coldplay is in town tonight at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. And anyone I've talked to who's going to the show is -- shall we say -- sheepish. The phrase "guilty pleasure" has been thrown around quite a bit. Embarrassed blushes and giggles are the rule, not the exception. It's as if liking ... More >>
Anyone with doubts about the '90s resurgence had them laid to rest at SXSW this year, where a long list of the decade's biggest acts tried out new material or trotted out old hits for kicks. The list of these performers makes me nostalgic for the simpler days of 120 Minutes and Doc Martens with dres ... More >>
I am still out of town -- yes, I'm still writing FROM THE PAST (mwahaha) -- but there was a lot going on this weekend in the Lou. Where did everyone go? What did everyone see? What good shows happened? Anything notable, gossip- or music-wise? Fill us in via the comments section, y'all. Entertain. In ... More >>
7 Shot Screamers has contributed a Smiths cover to a compilation called American Psychobilly Archive, Volume One. The collection -- which is released on the Analog Arkives label -- also features covers of tunes by Echo & the Bunnymen, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, and more. Tony Renner has contrib ... More >>