Death to The Thermals! (Long Live The Thermals!)

With the Portland, Oregon trio’s excellent new album, We Disappear nearing its release,
Hutch Harris takes a break on tour to talk about his penchant for writing songs on the subject of death, who would make his Celebrity death list, and why his funeral will rock more than yours.

tulips-Doom & Bloom

Music: Ones to Watch – TULIPS

Mixed by Brad Laner (of Shoegaze legends, Medicine fame) TULIPS’ debut is at times more summery and bouncy while other times, the vibe is a bit aggro – more punked up and fuzzed out, but the songs are always fun and catchy as hell.

Tera Melos – X’ed Out

Whether by self-admission or Google suggestion, Tera Melos come up as math rock – a sub-genre that produces as many eyerolls and apathetic sighs as it does wonky, prog pretenders.

Japandroids: Live at the Newport Music Hall

Ripping through hits from last year’s “Album of the Year contender,” Celebration Rock as well as 2009’s dynamite debut Post-Nothing, the two noisy mothercanuckers, Brian King and David Prowse shook the show-goers harder than their one guitar and one set of drums arsenal seemed to suggest they were capable of doing.

Desperate Ground, The Thermals

Sometimes artists dick us around, muddle their message and say the interpretation is up to us. Most times, they drop hints here and there…

Winter Bummers & Constructive Summers – Craig Finn

The voice of Lifter Puller, The Hold Steady, and most recently, Craig Finn and Some Guns the 41 year-old Brooklynite by way of the the Twin Cities and Boston, is by far one of the most entertaining, interesting and smartest songwriters of the last 10 years.

Live review: Wilco @ The L.C. Columbus, Ohio

There’s no arguing Jeff Tweedy is one of the greatest songwriters of the last 15 years and on a hot Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio, he and John, and Nels, and Glenn, and Mikael, and Pat proved why they are one of the greatest live American Rock’n’Roll bands around.

Bravestation – Western Thrills

Perhaps you could use something with a little more texture, that has some mystery to it but is still in essence great pop (solid groove & hooks with brilliant singing). Enter Bravestation, a Toronto four piece playing “quirky tribal pop” with some New Wave sheen.