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.
Go to the Light: An Interview with Murder by Death | 1 Nov 2012 // 6:15 PM
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.
The Ladylike-Defying, Guitar Playing Debra Devi and ‘The Language of the Blues’ | 28 Oct 2012 // 6:14 PM
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.
Jamaican Queens: Downers | 4 Jun 2015 // 10:20 PM
Detroit trap-popsters tackle vicissitudes of love amid genre-weaving sophomore album.
Almost Free: Human Being / Elephant Man | 4 Jun 2015 // 7:18 AM
Detroit trio addresses plight of Joseph Merrick, isolationism, and cognitive dissonance amid airy synths, laser-beam guitar lines, and askew rhythms on new EP.
Emily Kempf – “Dynamite” (video) (Premiere) | 22 Apr 2015 // 4:30 AM
Horses galloping through city streets and a slew of vivid costume changes enhance Chicago songstress Emily Kempf's anachronistic, avant-garde baroque dream pop ditty "Dynamite".
The Bruised Reed - “Leave the Light On” / "This is Wrong" (audio) | 17 Mar 2015 // 3:57 AM
Detroit husband-wife duo release contrasting pair of songs showcasing their aggressive and serene sides.