Monday, May 18, 2015

Tanlines Shed Light on Musical Adulthood

Image by Columbine Goldsmith

“You ain’t seen nothing yet,” sings Eric Emm over an industrial beat fit for a Kanye West freestyle. It’s a muscular statement from electronic band Tanlines, who made a name for themselves three years ago with an album called Mixed Emotions. Now comes Highlights (May 19 on True Panther), a release that builds upon Emm’s dark, surrealistic yin and Jesse Cohen’s fun-loving yang.

The twosome concocted the record between the basement of Emm’s childhood home in Pittsburgh and a church in Brooklyn, where producer Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) captured the vocals on a balcony. (Emm recalls via email: “There were definitely times when it was a challenge. I had to keep very still to prevent the old wood floor from creaking, which when it did would echo through the church and bleed on to the tracks. But Chris did a wonderful job. Not just at getting the best out of me, but sonically as well.”

Monday, May 4, 2015

Kelley Deal Keeps It 'Loud Underneath' in New Interview

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When you speak with alt-rock legend Kelley Deal, the word that comes out of her mouth the most is “grateful.” On this particular morning, she’s picking up medication for her elderly parents. And she’s grateful to live in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, so the whole family’s in close proximity. (Twin sister Kim - her Breeders band mate and former bassist/vocalist of the Pixies - and brother Kevin live nearby, all taking turns caring for their aging folks.) She’s grateful to be hitting the road with her songwriting partner, Mike Montgomery, as R. Ring, an evolving project that started acoustically and mushroomed into a pulsing force.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Magic’s in the Makeup – Inside the Lives of Tribute Bands

There is an alternate universe to our own, where Metallica’s James Hetfield moshes along with No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani at a Green Day concert. Where Bradley Nowell of Sublime still performs with beach-bum gusto and Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell rocks out like it’s 1999.

Welcome to the world of tribute bands. It’s a fantastical community where mega-fans and seasoned music veterans can slip on the robes of beloved performers and let loose. Each concert (and there are a ton of them) is a celebration of songs that energized past generations and continue to enrapture youths.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

A Track-by-Track Review of Madeon’s 'Adventure'

French EDM wunderkind Madeon has been electrifying the dance circuit since he could barely see over a bar top. Already a headliner at major fests like Electric Daisy Carnival and a support act for Lady Gaga, 20-year-old Hugo Pierre Leclercq now lays down his official debut album, Adventure. And what an adventure it is, featuring Dan Smith of Bastille, Passion Pit and other electronically minded rock artists. Below, we break down each track on the standard version to get the full scope of the work.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

11 Celtic Bands to Soundtrack Your St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all about green beverages and pinching the humbugs. Here’s a few great artists out there keeping the spirit of Celtic punk alive all the year through. Check out our favorites and get your jig on in the pit!

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Friday, March 13, 2015

'Advanced Style': Getting More Fabulous, Not Just Getting Older

Having one or two grandmothers is lovely, but what if you had seven? Could you imagine the wisdom and wit they could impart on you—the stories and the lessons, the heirlooms and grace? Lina Plioplyte has found her own army of “grandmothers” in the stars of Advanced Style, the film she directed that was inspired by a popular blog and photography book of the same name.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Interview - Sarah McLachlan Shines On

Photo by Kharen Hill

Five years ago, Sarah McLachlan was feeling lost. She released the album Laws of Illusion to heal after a divorce. The revival of her groundbreaking celebration of women in music, Lilith Fair, was in the red. The ethereal mezzosoprano behind “Building a Mystery,” “Possession” and “I Will Remember You” felt a bit… forgotten.

Flash forward to today. She’s on the second leg of a nearly sold-out theater tour promoting her 2014 record, Shine On. She’s in a loving, exciting relationship with former NHL player Geoff Courtnall. And, as she marvels, feminism is becoming less of a “dirty word” to the general populace.

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