Archive for February, 2007

Architects – Revenge

February 28th, 2007

Hey, Someone Put on Some Bon Jovi!

Picture a group of frat boys raised on good ol’ fashioned Ameican Oi Oi punk and Bruce Springsteen who decide to start a band so they can play at their own parties. They would produce music like that of Architects – loud, somewhat catchy and devoid of all punk characteristics while retaining its façade. Read more…

By Brendan Welsh Posted in Reviews

Soulwax – Nite Versions

February 25th, 2007

Belgium Makes, the World Takes

Like Abraham siring children who would herald separate but equal fields of faith, Stephen and David Dewaele of Belgium helped form both the mashup craze finally sweeping indie rock (see: Girl Talk) and the wailing, crackling neo-disco that one might believe begins and ends with the Ed Banger label and other Daft Punkisms. That belief will end — or at least change — on hearing Soulwax, the Dewaeles’ pride and joy, and their latest collection called Nite Versions. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

Electric Six – Switzerland

February 24th, 2007

Dick Valentine in a Box

Detroit party-rock quintet Electric Six spent much of 2005 and 2006 searching for a great punchline to match 2003’s joke hit “Gay Bar” and the Jack White vehicle “Danger! High Voltage.” Instead, their latest effort, Switzerland, does for them what Pieces of the People We Love did for the Rapture: It displays growing consistency and skill without actually delivering a true knock-’em-dead single. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards

February 23rd, 2007

Make War Not Peace

For a band only together two years, Cold War Kids have gained an impressive amount of acclaim and fan base. With the release of their first full-length album Robbers and Cowards their popularity comes as no surprise. This album overflows with fervent emotion starting from the opening song, “We Used to Vacation.” Read more…

By Megan Clinard Posted in Reviews

Natalie Walker – Urban Angel

February 21st, 2007

Urban Light

It’s clear from Natalie Walker’s solo debut, Urban Angel, that she can work a ballad. With weightless, sultry vocals, she establishes a mood and stays with it. Her songs are as earnest as Sarah McLaughlin’s, but hipper. She creates an ambience, but isn’t as vibe heavy as Portishead or Mono; she’s somewhere in between. Walker has star quality that more than makes up for material that’s good but not that deep. Read more…

By Jacquie Frisco Posted in Reviews

New Wilco on May 15th

February 19th, 2007

Wilco will be unleashing their newest album, titled Sky Blue Sky on May 15th. Several new songs from their recent live rotation like “On and On and On,” “Walken” and the title cut will be featured in the tracklist. The band has began confirming shows in support of Sky Blue Sky such as a 3-date run in Austrailia and Bonnaroo in mid-June. More dates are to come.

The Tracklist for Sky Blue Sky is as follows:

Either Way
You Are My Face
Impossible Germany
Sky Blue Sky
Side With the Seeds
Shake It Off
Please Be Patient with Me
Hate It Here
Leave Me (Like You Found Me)
What Light
On and On and On
Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Rush Set For May Day Release

February 19th, 2007

Durable prog rock band Rush have set a May 1st release date for their 18th studio album, Snakes & Ladders.
Following up 2002’s Vapor Trails, the band will also hit the road this summer for a supporting tour. This will mark the first time in three years that they’ve toured. Dates have yet to be announced. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Chris Cornell Quits Audioslave

February 16th, 2007

Citing “irresolvable personality conflicts and musical differences,” Chris Cornell has left Audioslave. “I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors,” he said in a statement.

The other Audioslave members have reconnected with Zach de la Rocha as Rage Against the Machine and will perform their first reunion show at Coachella on April 29th. Chris Cornell will continue his solo career by releasing Carry On, his second album, May 1st. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Editors – The Back Room

February 16th, 2007

Lightly Brooding

The technical aspects derived from the Editors’ music education suggest an earnest and disciplined approach to making debut album The Back Room. Linked to the post-punk revival, this Birmingham, UK band follow the Northern tradition of brooding and cerebral songwriting. In contrast to their sharp-quilled ancestors (such as Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen) this indie band is too measured. Read more…

By M. Burns Posted in Reviews

NIN Websites From the Future

February 14th, 2007

In support of NIN’s Year Zero, websites are emerging telling the concept album’s story from the future. Read more…

By Matthew Kiel Posted in News