In a musical era defined by thick, polished production so slick that it's easy to forget it was made by a human being, it is an enormous relief to discover that there are still artists like Bars of Gold making records. The Detroit five-piece's new album Wheels is as gritty, feral, organic and euphoric as they come, a relentless stormcloud of cacophony that somehow manages let glorious rays of earnestness and introspection shine through.
It's easy to see from their sophomore release that the band has matured considerably, growing increasingly ambitious with their arrangements while grappling thematically with the impending responsibilities of adulthood. Lead singer, Marc Paffi, (of Bear Vs. Shark), spits and snarls his way through this stunning collection of songs, his voice lurching between moments of snarling, ragged abandon and lyrical, poignant introspection. Aesthetically the group sticks to its punk/hardcore roots, imbuing them with subtle blues, indie and fusion influences that are surprising, fresh and extremely effective.
In short, it's really a fantastic record, and well worth taking 42 minutes out of your day to listen to.
If it weren't for the bold red arrow with the name NEO painted on the alley wall next to the bisected manikin you probably wouldn’t even know it was there. The literal writing on the wall peaks your curiosity and sends your intimation running wild. You walk down the alley to the back of the building where there’s a large metal door. You almost expect someone to ask you for “the password.” Once inside your senses are instantly overwhelmed by flashing lights and industrial music. As you being to adjust and regain control of your cognitive faculties you realize you have arrived at one of Chicago’s hottest spot for the underground, the alternative, and the strange.
With the release of their 2004 breakout album The Silence in Black and White, Ohio's Hawthorne Heights became the poster boys for angsty, scream-sprinkled emo jams that were begging to be sung along to live. The years of success that followed, including the mainstream explosion of their hit "Ohio is For Lovers" and a well-recieved follow up LP, were tragically soured by the sudden passing of guitarist Casey Calvert during the band's fall 2007 tour. Still, the band soldiered on in their fallen brother's honor, releasing two more records (2008's Fragile Future and 2010's Skeletons) and enduring some internal label woes in the process.
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After a four year hiatus, Blink-182 is reportedly done with half of their still untitled sixth album.
Drummer, Travis Barker, told Billboard the album is, "a little more than halfway through". Blink-182 took an indefinite hiatus in 2005 after tensions arose in the group. All three members of the band created different projects: Tom DeLonge formed Angles & Airwaves, Mark Hoppus and Barker continued to work together forming +44.
In the past few years Barker has collaborated with several artists within different genres, most notably hip hop. His group Transplants, was a hip hop punk project with Rancid's Tim Armstrong and Rob Aston. Barker has worked with P. Diddy and Pharrell, and has also remixed songs by Eminem, Drake, and Lil' Wayne.
When walking down Elm St. in Dallas' Deep Ellum district, you might find yourself asking the question, 'When did I fly to New York City and how did I end up in Williamsburg?'
Situated a bit northeast of the Historic District, Deep Ellum thrives on the culturally progressive and artfully driven. Since the early 1900's Deep Ellum was a hotspot for blues and jazz. Musicians including Robert Johnson, "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, Bessie Smith, Lightning Hopkins, and more came through to spend days on end jamming in the streets and in the slew of clubs and restaurants around the town.
One of the most popular ska punk bands of all time, Sublime, now being called Sublime with Rome, has signed to Fueled by Ramen and will be releasing a new album this year. It will mark the first album to be released by the band since the death of Bradley Nowell in 1996.
Sublime decided to reform a few years ago with the help from Rome Ramirez, now 22-years-old. They’ve been playing shows and recording new material for a couple years, and fans seem to be enjoying them just as much as when Nowell fronted the band.
The Jamboree Sunday is a true party. This band has an incredibly unique instrumentation, comprising of a ukulele and horns to contrast more traditional rock ‘n’ roll instruments like bass and a phat bass drum beat.
Speaking of his experience seeing them in the Lower East Side at Fat Baby last week, college student Dan Udell says “I had originally intended to stay for a couple of songs and have a coke but I ended up drinking and dancing so I stayed for the entire set. They definitely jam.” This eclectic group of musicians inspired nearly everyone in the audience to groove along. Their variety of influences and free-spirited nature are a refreshing change from cookie cutter indie bands these days.
A row of 18-year-old girls lined shoulder to shoulder four feet from the stage at the Bowery Electric on September 23, a low-lit, high-class-college-party-style basement venue with an elevated bar and rugged brick walls as the four members of Canadian pop-punk supergroup Mariana's Trench took the stage, all wearing slim-fitting button-up dress shirts and ties, lead singer Josh Ramsay dropping his guitar strap over the back of his head, the guitar falling to his knees, just below the rips in his jeans, and as he approached the microphone, the blue streaks in his gelled hair glistened in the spotlight of the East Village stage, beginning their first-ever New York City performance.
On December 1st 2005, Vivienne Westwood revealed that she had never planned to be a fashion designer! Westwood stated "I have always been political - I never really wanted to do fashion," she said. "Fortunately or unfortunately, it is my career, and I did it by accident. I continued to do it, because I think I'm good at it. I also like it because it gives me a status, a cache and a voice to sometimes say something." Fashionistas everywhere are glad she decided to go forward with fashion; without Westwood the punk movement would be nothing but a few teenagers trying to rebel from the conformity of society. She is the reason why plaid is so mainstream. Thanks Vivienne!