If we're being completely honest, power ballads are responsible for some of the most resonant music-listening experiences in the entire world. They're a beautiful blend of sentiment and obviousness, a band willfully becoming emotionally available. Everybody makes fun of the power ballad, because som ... More >>
Once, during high school, I was woken up early on a Saturday by my dad, the Rooster (self-named after the Alice In Chains song) with a loud, repetitive knock. As I stumbled into the living room in my underwear, he bellowed, "Jim! I found this great new band." I rubbed the sand out of my eyes with ... More >>
The toughest thing about festivals like LouFest is figuring out how to sneak your drugs inside while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking something up your butt? See also: Doing Drugs This Weekend? Here's How to Not Get Caught
Via Dove eschewed the traditional album release format for its latest EP -- no vinyl, no tape, not even a CD-R (mercifully). Instead, the band has gone full digital, embracing the ether and releasing its Fugue State through Bandcamp. Record Store Day patrons received free download cards for the EP w ... More >>
Jason StoffU2 | Interpol Busch Stadium July 17, 2011 U2 may be the least subtle band in history. Last night, the boys took the stage to "Space Oddity," which does not make sense thematically, but does make sense in that the song has a countdown in it and the 360 Tour stage looks like a spac ... More >>
LA's Warpaint play tonight at the Luminary Center for the Arts. From left, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mogzawa, Emily Kokal(front).The Los Angeles four-piece Warpaint crafts haunting dreampsych with iridescent harmonies and filmy reverb, but don't label them as an all-girl band ... More >>
Mark Olson finds salvation in being one of the vocal and lyrical laureates of American music.
St. Charles' Greenwheel rolls to the big time