There was a time when we thought we'd never hear new music from Neutral Milk Hotel ever again. The critically acclaimed indie band disbanded shortly after the release of its successful album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, which includes "Holland, 1945," No. 7 on Pitchfork's list of Top 200 Tracks from the 1990s.
Konrad Wert's first exposure to music was in the small Mennonite community where he grew up in southern Florida. The church setting taught him how to sing, and he later started picking up stringed instruments when his mother enrolled him in public school. Years later, it was a fellow student who inspired Wert to take music in a different direction.
While describing the influx of businessmen and record executives migrating from Los Angeles to his Nashville hometown, Justin Townes Earle emanates frustration. “It’s colonialism," he said. "The TV show 'Nashville'has made it sound like we are enjoying this new-found reputation. But if you ask me, we already had a pretty damn good one.”
From psychological anthropology to tribal dance rituals, there isn’t much that doesn’t inspire Shara Worden. Since forming My Brightest Diamond in 2006, Worden has blurred the lines between classical, pop, cabaret and folk, while drawing upon wide-ranging themes. But to her, genre is irrelevant. Worden simply puts anything and everything she enjoys into her music.
For 30 years, the infamous band known as GWAR has been delivering its brand of heavy metal through signature, over-the-top live shows that sport everything from gargantuan alien monsters to staged celebrity executions.
Today it was announced legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac will perform at Van Andel Arena on Jan. 20, 2015. This date will include Christine McVie, who has rejoined the band after 15 years.
Most of us came to know Joan Osborne with her 1995 Grammy-nominated hit single, "One of Us." Since then, the singer-songwriter has enjoyed continued success with multiple studio albums exploring a variety of genres, from the 2006 country album Pretty Little Stranger to the more bluesy offerings on her 2012 record Bring It On Home.
Sometimes the best partnerships in music are forged in friendship. Just ask George Clark and Kerry McCoy, the core duo behind Deafheaven. While many other band members have come and gone, Clark and McCoy have remained a constant driving force of the band.
The Nashville-based garage rock trio The Whigs pride themselves on their live performances. Accordingly, they're on the road pretty consistently, be it hitting the late night talk show circuit or sharing the stage with acts like MGMT, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon.
For melodic punk veterans Taking Back Sunday, second time's the charm. The group’s standards of success have risen dramatically with the release of their latest album, Happiness Is. This time, however, artistic freedom was more accessible than ever.
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