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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.


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.


Monday, October 20 2014

Mark Lanegan Band: Phantom Radio

Phantom Radio is the quintessential Mark Lanegan album, both a great starting point for those uninitiated to his world and a document that the most devoted members of his cult fanbase will cherish as one of his best.

Friday, October 17 2014

Dinner and a Suit: Stay EP

Nashville quartet tackles grandiose indie pop-rock with aplomb across four-song EP.

Tuesday, September 30 2014

Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues

Existential dread is nothing new for Will Oldham's performing persona, but this new record might be his most harrowing yet.

Sunday, August 17 2014

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas: Secret Evil

The Detroit songstress and her Deltas take queasy carnival music, hoodoo blues stomps, country waltz ballads, primitive rock and jazzy inflections to craft a evocative realm in one of 2014's strongest releases.

Thursday, May 29 2014

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires: Dereconstructed

Alabama group serves up some standard, grimy rock, but compels with poignant reflections on southern culture and history.

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]


Tuesday, August 26 2014

Sleepless Inn - "Escalators" (audio) (Premiere)

Detroit duo craft a tapestry of lush dream pop and supple vocals in new single, "Escalators".

Wednesday, August 20 2014

Dean Tartaglia - "I Feel Something" (video) (Premiere)

Silent Lions frontman releases solo EP on 24th birthday and prefaces it with a stark music video.

Tuesday, August 12 2014

Passalacqua - "The Baptism" (video) (Premiere)

Detroit hip-hop duo Passalacqua releases incendiary short film, The Baptism, in anticipation of forthcoming album.

Friday, August 8 2014

James Linck - "Get This Money" (video) (Premiere)

Detroit alt-R&B artist James Linck releases first video from debut solo EP.

Friday, July 11 2014

The Yugos - "Follow You" (audio) (Premiere)

The Yugos deliver a nugget of lo-fi indie pop perfectly suited for the summer.

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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