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Posted July 30, 2014in The Sound

Defining success

Success is a relative term. For example, by being signed to a major label, Sevendust can ostensibly be deemed more successful than 90 percent of the bands out there. However, by any purely commercial measure, the band’s success has always been of the middling variety. But it’s safe to say

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Posted July 23, 2014in The Sound

Taking the long view

The evolution of Fitz & The Tantrums can be viewed in microcosm in their music. One song, specifically: 2013’s “Out of My League.” “Out of My League” was a song the band had always believed in. When it was initially released last year, the single was a middling success, but

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Posted July 16, 2014in The Sound

Almost famous

People who aren’t Jerry Lee Lewis fans might not know the answer to the question inherent in the phrase, “What made Milwaukee famous.” In the instance of Jerry Lee’s song, the answer is “Schlitz beer.” But for the Austin, Texas, band by the same name, the answer could arguably be

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Posted July 09, 2014in The Sound

Bringing the heat

Music can use a little more Kenny Powers. Powers, the main character from the television show “Eastbound and Down,” doesn’t mince words or spend a lot of time on nuance. As a former Major League pitcher, Powers believes in just one thing: bringing the heat. Let the college-educated pansies worry

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Posted July 02, 2014in The Sound

Family life

Family is important to Delta Rae. It’s a concept that permeates the band, in just about every conceivable way. It starts with the fact that the band is built around a core of three siblings: Ian, Eric and Brittany Hölljes. Then there’s the band name, Delta Rae, which is pulled

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Posted June 25, 2014in The Sound

Bringing Glenn Miller Home

It’s practically impossible to understate how big Glenn Miller was in his day. The Clarinda native wasn’t just the preeminent musician of the 1940s, he was the preeminent entertainer, full stop. He was already immensely popular all over the world before World War II. Then, after joining the U.S. Air

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Posted June 18, 2014in The Sound

Goddamn It

Listening to The Goddamn Gallows is not a passive experience. You don’t sit quietly in your seat and watch the band play. You do not attend a Goddamn Gallows show like an evening at the cinema. The band is too loud, too raucous, too fun for such disengaged interaction. They

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Posted June 11, 2014in The Sound

No Brand

Abigail Williams is about as close to prog rock as a metal band is apt to get. Many bands are willing to tinker with their sound and evolve as time goes by, but there are few acts that go through as complete a transformation as the Phoenix-based black metal three-piece.

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Posted June 04, 2014in The Sound

Manifest this

Bitch. Even though it’s only five letters, it’s a big word. It’s not the worst word in the English language (most people wouldn’t even put it in their top 10), but it’s that level of social acceptance that gives the word its power as a derogatory female descriptor. Even its

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Posted May 28, 2014in The Sound

Guided By Voices: Reunion is like riding a bicycle

It’s hard to describe any particular portion of Guided By Voices’ quixotic, meandering career as a creative low-point, but fans were nevertheless thrilled when frontman Robert Pollard announced in 2010 that he was getting the “classic lineup” back together. The lineup, consisting of Pollard, guitarists Mitch Mitchell and Tobin Sprout,

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