Show Review:Tapes ‘N Tapes @ Lincoln Hall, 7/22/10
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Show Review:Tapes ‘N Tapes @ Lincoln Hall, 7/22/10

Tapes ‘N Tapes drummer Jeremy Hanson played an excellent set last week at Lincoln Hall.  A lot of linear grooves, surprising odd-meters, and creative percussion.  His kit sounded great.  Best of all, he and the bass player were of one mind, locked-in.  I get the vibe that these guys inspire each other.  Like, they play just as hard when they’re jamming in the garage as when they’re playing to a packed theater. ...

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Interview: Kelley Stoltz of Sonny and The Sunsets @ Pitchfork Music Festival

Sonny & the Sunsets had a fantastic vibe at Pitchfork.  In fact, its hard to think of an adjective besides, “sunny.”  Clever arrangements, and each person in the band had moments to shine during the set.  Kelley Stoltz  holds the drum chair for this group, as well as his own solo project, which he describes as “4/4 blues-based rock.”  Kelley enlightened me with his non-nonsense approach, celebrating classic...

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Interview: Anthony LaMarca of St. Vincent @ Pitchfork Music Festival

Anthony LaMarca played a dynamic set with St. Vincent at this year’s Pitchfork, running the gamut from laid-back Levon Helm-style pocket to rigid Kraftwerkian tick-tock, and then finally spreading his free-jazz wings and cutting loose with a chaotic accompaniment to a feedback coda.  His performance was the practicing of what he preached in our interview: put the song first, keep it simple, but also embrace the new possibilities...

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Interview: Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene @ Pitchfork Music Festival

Justin Peroff has crafted some of the catchiest drum parts of the new millenium with Broken Social Scene.  Survey the past few years of indie music, and then go back and listen to You Forgot It In People.  See what I mean?  Some very influential grooves on that record.  The excellence continues on their latest, Forgiveness Rock Record. He cuts through the wall-of-sound guitars and swirling vocals with crunchy hi-hats (“Forced to...

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Interview: Josiah Wolf of Why? @ Pitchfork Music Festival

“Why? is the process of adapting to the business of living.”  That’s from Why?’s website bio…it’s loaded with some heavy words, but nothing less would represent the band’s intense brand of inquisitive hip-hop.  Josiah Wolf does an amazing job playing drums and vibraphone at the same time.  The beats meld memorable melodies with tense rhythms, which complement Yoni Wolf’s (his brother)...

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