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Cole Waterman
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A product of Midwest malaise, Cole Waterman spent the bulk of his formative years immersed in the works of Tom Waits, the Doors, the Replacements, John Lee Hooker, the Stooges, Captain Beefheart, Morphine, Alice in Chains, John Coltrane, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave.  Regrettably grown up, he pays the bills working as a crime reporter in the Michigan mitten.


Features

Thursday, November 1 2012

Go to the Light: An Interview with Murder by Death

Ten years into their career, the Indiana band (who is not, by the way, a metal band) reveals their Kickstarter secrets and why not every record is a concept album.


Sunday, October 28 2012

The Ladylike-Defying, Guitar Playing Debra Devi and ‘The Language of the Blues’

For aficionados of American history, music and etymology, the blues is the ideal confluence of all three fields. Devi's book is a roadmap for observing how their paths overlap.


Thursday, February 9 2012

Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro: A Rock Star’s Midlife Crisis or Valid Literature?

Regardless how history comes to look Nick Cave's The Death of Bunny Munro, in the context of Cave’s career, it stands alone as the purest distillation of his artistry -- a poetic novel with Cave’s inimitable brand of the grotesque, absurd and often comic nature of humanity.


Reviews

Monday, March 9 2015

Belle Ghoul: Rabbit's Moon & Doomsday

Dark-tinged indie pop strikes a rare balance between being invigoratingly fun and pensively moving.


Sunday, February 1 2015

Murder By Death: Big Dark Love

Love may be a many-splendored thing, but in the hands of Murder By Death, it’s also an instigator of pain and horror.


Monday, January 12 2015

Chvrches: Under the Tide (EP)

Chvrches serve up an EP of remixes likely to send you back to their original iterations.


Tuesday, November 11 2014

2:54: The Other I

2:54 craft a weirdly woven tapestry of implied grunge, dream pop, and psychedelic folk in compelling sophomore record.


Thursday, October 30 2014

Titanics: Deeper

Icy beats, glimmering guitar lines, and subtly flowing melodies meld into a chillwave atmosphere on Albany duo's new EP.


Wye Oak: Shriek [30.Apr.14]
Hunters: Hunters [4.Dec.13]
Ghost Wave: Ages [28.Aug.13]
RNDM: Acts [28.Nov.12]
Kimbra: Vows [22.Jul.12]
Husky: Forever So [11.Jul.12]

Blogs

Tuesday, March 17 2015

The Bruised Reed - “Leave the Light On” / "This is Wrong" (audio)

Detroit husband-wife duo release contrasting pair of songs showcasing their aggressive and serene sides.


Wednesday, March 4 2015

Height Keech / PT Burnem / Passalacqua / Eze Jackson - "Super Megatron Bomb" (audio) (Premiere)

Detroit and Baltimore rappers release a new collaborative song in preparation of two-month tour.


Wednesday, February 11 2015

Eddie Logix and Britney Stoney - "Air Balloons" (audio) (Premiere)

Detroit's Eddie Logix and Britney Stoney conjure sultry ambience in new single "Air Balloons".


Thursday, January 15 2015

San Cristobal - "Mr. Wise Man / Lovely Lisa" (audio) (Premiere)

This young Michigan group has two new songs of wildly infectious baroque power pop: "Mr. Wise Man" and "Lovely Lisa".


Monday, January 5 2015

Mic Phelps – “Waterfall” (video) (Premiere)

Mic Phelps' serpentine, nocturnal track "Waterfalls" now has video accompaniment, which pairs the song with stunning visuals of Iceland and Paris.


PONYSHOW - "Folks" (video) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [18.Nov.14]
TART - "Rabid Dogs" (audio) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [18.Nov.14]
Ben Stalets - "Lost" (audio) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [13.Nov.14]
TART - "Lobbyist" (video) (Mixed Media) [23.Oct.14]
We Are Hex - "Tongues" (video) (Mixed Media) [9.Jan.14]
Titanics - "Open" (stream) (Premiere) (Mixed Media) [11.Nov.13]
Flint Eastwood - "Secretary" (video) (Mixed Media) [5.Nov.13]
Mexican Knives - "Killer Snake" (video) (Mixed Media) [22.Oct.13]
George Morris - "Fuck It" (video) (Mixed Media) [17.Oct.13]
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