Category Archive: Music

Ty Segall’s Banner Year

The only opportunity so far I’ve had to see Ty Segall live was at The Jackpot Saloon, right here in good ol’ Lawrence, Kansas. This was a few years ago, right around when… Continue reading

In Which We Applaud and Worry for SPIN Magazine

As long as we’re taking a LATE PASS on this year’s movies, allow us to do the same for the publishing industry, and address what may already be old news to some. I… Continue reading

The Half Dozen Report: Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)

Well, here we find ourselves at the half-way mark of the calendar year– a time when culture bloggers start to compile lists like teenagers celebrating one month “Anniversaries” (look that word up, kids!)…… Continue reading

In Review: Willis Earl Beal – Acousmatic Sorcery

Willis Earl Beal comes bundled with an irresistible hook: unknown musician needs to make music by whatever means necessary and maybe needs a friend… Uses shit-all to make songs, posts his phone number… Continue reading

In Review: Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Most Spiritualized’s albums are both showers and growers. Showers in that they are flashy, orchestral, sweeping, long, and often too sweet and saccharine, even when covering less-than-cheerful topics like addiction and death. Growers… Continue reading

In Review: The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea

Hearing that a new Magnetic Fields album is coming out always gives me mixed feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan. But their previous two albums, while plenty ambitious, were a… Continue reading

Artist to Watch: Howler, the Twin Cities’ latest export

The four young members of Minneapolis band Howler have yet to gain widespread attention here in the states, but expect that to change. The rockers with the poetically primate name have already garnered… Continue reading

Artist To Watch: Mikal Cronin

  Until fairly recently, Mikal Cronin’s pop-friendly chops have been relegated to the role of back-up player; as the bassist in surf-punk band the Moonhearts (formerly Charlie & the Moonhearts) and as a… Continue reading

Brawling Down Punk Memory Lane

Today it may be a BYOB strip club,  but the small brick-and-mortar building near Lawrence, Kansas known as The Outhouse was once a DIY punk venue that hosted many of the most dangerous… Continue reading

The Year in Music: Reissues, Compilations and Unreleased Masterpieces

Although labels have been releasing big box reissues of albums for years, it certainly felt like 2011 was the year of super deluxe packages aimed at the solvent music lover. Partly this has… Continue reading