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The Rockometer: Rave Tapes by Mogwai

    Mogwai Rave Tapes Sub Pop I keep buying Mogwai records because I'm a fan. They got me at a younger age, around the time of the Happy Songs for Happy People tour in the early 2000s. On that night at the Beachland Ballroom, they were so loud they made young women cry. And that moment during "Mogwai Fear Satan" when a concert-goer screamed "Do It!" during the soft part, and a band member winked and did it, g...READ MORE

A Jam Packed Wednesday with EMA, Mogwai, The War on Drugs and Guided by Voices

As a fan, someone who's been following Erika Anderson's career back to the days when she was a member of Gowns,  I couldn't be happier with the recent news of EMA signing on to Matador Records for the release her new album, The Future's Void, in early 2014. I had a chance to meet Anderson before a Gowns' show at Pat's in the Flats, during the time that band was winding down, and I was immediately struck by both her kindness and ...READ MORE

Jam Packed Monday feat. Tropic of Cancer, Pelican, Future of the Left, Odonis Odonis, Dead Gaze, Grails, and Darkside

Sweater weather calls for sweater songs and Tropic of Cancer's "Court of Devotion" is my kind of sweater song. The pairing of Camella Lobo's frigid, monochromatic vocals and dark electronic melodies moving at sinister speed, makes me want to curl up and not open my eyes until Spring. And to think, fall just started yesterday. Restless Idylls is out now on Blackest Ever Black. This four minutes is all the proof I need that thos...READ MORE

Play Me: “Valedictorian” by Dan Friel

Despite the fact that Dan Friel the solo act is now the primary act, not much has changed, if we're to go by "Valedictorian," the first track he's released released since the dissolution of Brooklyn noise-makers, Parts and Labor. Many of his former band's trademarks have remained intact -- There are the swirling bursts of noise produced by any manner of electronic gadgetry sent through any number of effects; There's the punk rock ene...READ MORE

Moving Pictures Triple Feature With Spindrift’s Classic Soundtracks

In 2009, the LA band, Spindrift re-released the soundtrack to The Legend of God's Gun, a movie written by lead-singer Kirpatrick Thomas, inspired by his admiration of director Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns and the scores of Ennio Morricone. While the film itself wasn't much to speak of, the soundtrack was a wondrous suite of music which updated the work of Morricone with American styled psychedelic rock. Fast forward tw...READ MORE

Roadtrip Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Majestic Theater, Detroit 03.29.2011

The drive, the wait, the opening act who had a bank full of noises and a Kaos pad and wasn't afraid to use it, the music playing in between acts, too close to Our Lady Peace unplugged to provide any diversion from the wait --  Would it all be worth it?  The eight, sometimes nine, maybe more members of the Montreal instrumental rock band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor  gradually made their way on to the Majestic Theater stage and sit...READ MORE

The Rockometer: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light by Earth

Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light Southern Lord Once regarded as a showcase for guitarist Dylan Carson's overwhelmingly heavy guitar rumblings, Earth are now, more than ever, a band where each member pulls their weight.  The melodies of these five instrumental tracks, collected here on Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1, are just as likely to be carried by Karl Blau's deliberate, reverberating bass, or cellist, Lisa ...READ MORE

The Rockemeter: Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will by Mogwai

Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will Sub Pop After the release of 2010's live album, Special Moves, it appeared Mogwai had regained their epic groove.  Fifteen years into their career, the Scottish titans of instrumental rock were once again raging eardrums with crunching and catastrophic melodies using a mix of both older material and new.  It was enough to make one forget for the better half of the past decade they h...READ MORE

“Father Midnight” by Earth

Patient, ominous, heavy, evocative, totally f*ckin' rad -- All of the adjectives which have been used to describe the latter day output of guitarist Dylan Carson, and the work of his pioneering doom-metal band Earth, are also apt here.  "Father Midnight," is the first track to be released from their forthcoming album on Southern Lord records, and it builds on the slow-motion, American West soundscapes heard on the albums Hex, Hi...READ MORE

“San Pedro” by Mogwai

Now, this is a little more of what I expected from Mogwai.  "San Pedro," may not be hardcore, in the '80s Cali-Punk sense of the word.  Nor, is it DIY-punk, in the spirit of San Pedro's finest, The Minutemen.  Still, it exhibits bit more of the aggression the band had in spades on their recent live release, Special Moves, which, by the way, is exactly what you'd expect to hear when the track in question comes off an album titled,...READ MORE