Monthly Archives: January 2014

Queens of the Stone Age Balance Ambition, Accessibility for Hard-Rock Success

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Myriad musical stars have passed through the group’s orbit; Dave Grohl, Mark Lanegan, UNKLE’s James Lavelle, even Elton John all guest on Clockwork. But the Queens of the Stone Age universe starts and ends with Homme, the outfit’s center of gravity and singular creative voice. Behind Homme’s expert guidance, the group has long navigated the murky territory between the mainstream and the alternative, balancing the haunted desert-rock vibes of Kyuss, Homme’s old stoner-metal band, and the arena-rock affability of Foo Fighters.

Free Times | January 29, 2014

CD Review: Pontiak, Innocence

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Dusted | January 28, 2014

CD Review: Solar Halos, Solar Halos

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Dusted | January 26, 2014

CD Review: Various Artists, Michigan-I-O: Alan Lomax and the 1938 Library of Congress Folk-Song Expedition

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Dusted | January 23, 2014

Phantasmic Voyage | New Town, New Lineup, New Record — Octopus Jones Is a New Band

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Phantasmagoria, Octopus Jones’ new long-player, is redolent of a band that’s radically reinvented itself. Upon moving to Raleigh, three-fourths of the band lived in the same house, on eight acres of land on the outskirts of the Triangle. (The next-door neighbor, Morris claims, was NBA star John Wall.) The band jammed there, often until 3 a.m., and wrote and recorded, with Zimmerman, much of Phantasmagoria there, too. The album’s filled with a manic and weird energy that’s endemic of those late-night sessions, with Martin and Morris contributing an equal number of songs that shift and morph from rollicking spankwave to moody post-punk and sparse post-rock, like a tired mind that can’t focus on one thing for too long.

Free Times | January 22, 2014

CD Review: Daniel Bachman, Jesus I’m a Sinner

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Dusted | January 11, 2014

CD Review: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Wigout at Jagbags

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Dusted | January 9, 2014

CD Review: Stanley KubrixXx, how is my butt taste

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Free Times | January 8, 2014

CD review: Hectorina’s A Thousand Jackals

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“I’ve gotta say that it works sometimes,” Gilbert sings on “He Looked Just Like THIS!” And he’s right, though inadvertently — Jackals works, but only sometimes. Too often, its sonic mish-mash is little more than an interesting mess, but its exemplary moments — “Silver Death Machine” and “Pies,” in particular — shine, and point to the band’s promise.

Creative Loafing | January 3, 2014