Reunions can be a dicey proposition, especially for bands who seemed to have run their course organically and ended on a high note, which Sleater-Kinney certainly did with its heavy-duty 2005 swan song The Woods. Then again, if anyone can be counted on not to simply give into nostalgia and come back just for the heck of it, it would be a band that never took anything for granted and was as committed to its craft as Sleater-Kinney was—or, rather, is.
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“Everything’s Bigger”, from the Real Hair EP, due out February 11th on Carpark, wins by marrying these same two strengths. The song hooks with its twisting riffs, crisp rhythm section and versatile vocals, and keeps the listener coming back for more with guitarist/vocalist Sadie Dupuis’ smart, quotable writing.
Ex-Constantines frontman Bry Webb brought down the volume considerably on his mostly acoustic solo debut Provider, but still managed to stir up a fair bit of excitement with its Canada-only release in 2011. On October 2nd, Idée Fixe will give U.S. Constantines fans the chance to hear Webb in low-key mode when it releases the album stateside. Long-listed for the 2012 Polaris Prize and praised by PopMatters’ Zachary Houle as “a stunning and revealing record full of worldly insight”, Provider is a surprising turn from Webb’s old work, but not an unwelcome one. Webb will also tour the U.S. in support of the release.
The concert film Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest ‘86 is to be screened in various movie theaters around the world. The film will be preceded by a brief documentary, and the concert film itself will include stellar Queen hits such as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “We Are the Champions”, and “I Want to Break Free”. It’s Freddie Mercury and mates in front of 80,000 fans! Shall it be missed?
Mission of Burma guitarist and cofounder Roger Miller has released a rousing new single, “Big Steam”, via Good Road Recordings. The accompanying video offers a disorienting stream of found footage, color manipulation, and shots of roller coasters and trains in motion. Featuring Larry Dersch (The Binary System) and Brian Arnold, both the track and its flipside, “Dream Interpretation”, have been described by Miller as “a deliberate sonic referencing of Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn”.
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