Monthly Archives: June 2014

There goes Xiu Xiu’s neighborhood | Communities dull to dangerous inspired band’s Angel Guts: Red Classroom

“It’s hard to really quantify it other than to say, ‘a lot.’ A number of other things were happening at the time as well, but being in a place as environmentally stressful made those other stresses that much more acute. It was a fascinating but dreadful place.”

Creative Loafing | June 25, 2014

Young Widows — Easy Pain (Temporary Residence Ltd.)

I got into an argument at a bar several years ago with a casual acquaintance with whom I used to bicker about music back in our days at our university’s college radio station. We were bickering over which Young Widows was better.

Dusted | June 23, 2014

CD Review: Swans’ To Be Kind (Young God; Release Date: May 12, 2014)

Ecstasy has two definitions.

Creative Loafing | June 18, 2014

Sweet Home Alabama | St. Paul and the Broken Bones revive the Muscle Shoals soul

“You have to have a singer, you know? Otherwise, you’re just going to be in a crappy, white-boy soul band. And I never wanted to be in that.”

Style Weekly | June 18, 2014

Zef ’til Def | Die Antwoord’s Dark, Twisted Fantasies

“It’s, like, is this fucking terrible, like fucking retardedly the worst thing ever or the most amazing thing in the entire universe?”

Creative Loafing | June 12, 2014

A Runner’s Self-Portrait | How Training for a Marathon Shaped a Dirty Projector’s Latest Solo Venture

“I think I’m just sort of interested in the extremes, and what can come of that, putting your body through, you know, really extreme physical conditions, and what that can do to you mentally, too. So I think a lot of the lyrical themes were inspired by that, by that time period and those ideas, just because I was doing something that was kind of a crazy undertaking. I don’t know if we’re meant to do that. It sounds kind of insane.”

Free Times | June 11, 2014

Live review: Jack White, The Fillmore (6/5/2014)

photo by Jeff Hahne

If White does indeed feed off his audience, Thursday’s sold-out crowd gave him plenty to draw from.

Creative Loafing | June 6, 2014

CD Review: Young and In the Way’s When Life Comes to Death (Deathwish, Inc.; Release date: May 27, 2014)

Speed, rage and amp-melting distortion aren’t new weapons for Young and in the Way, but here they’re honed to an edge as lethal as the blade on the album cover.

Creative Loafing | June 5, 2014

Perpetual Motion | Led by two of the genre’s best young guitarists, Animals as Leaders pushes heavy metal’s boundaries

“I started playing a seven-string [guitar] because I saw John Petrucci play one, you know? When Tosin and I met as teenagers, I was like, “‘Oh, hey. Check out this seven-string. Play a seven-string guitar.'”

Charleston City Paper | June 4, 2014

They’re an American Band | The European roots of North Carolina’s Kruger Brothers

“What was beautiful for us in America is that people accepted us. In Europe it was more difficult because people wouldn’t accept my music in the same way Americans would. The idea that a banjo would play with a symphony is far-fetched. Bach is pretty much our folk music, you know?”

Charleston City Paper | June 4, 2014