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by Brice Ezell

5 Mar 2015

With their latest song “Outta My Mind”, the Virginia rock ‘n’ roll band called People’s Blues of Richmond bring to mind two recent rock LPs in particular, both by the same artist: the Black Keys. The first is 2014’s Turn Blue; the psychedelic washes of “Outta My Mind” align quite closely with the ‘60s psych mood of that album. Most of all, however, it brings to mind the megahit record Brothers, with its retro-minded production and songwriting.

As it turns out, these parallels are not merely by coincidence. In recording “Outta My Mind”, People’s Blues of Richmond sought out producer Mark Neill, who co-produced Brothers alongside the Black Keys and Danger Mouse.

by Brice Ezell

4 Mar 2015

In the vein of Ray Charles’ classic collaborative album Genius Loves Company, Northern Ireland songwriter Van Morrison has teamed up with a host of musicians for his forthcoming album Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue. Unlike Charles, however, who took songs from the pop, jazz, and blues standard repertoire, Morrison selected singers that he felt would best offer new interpretations of his own songs. Those who stepped up to the plate include Michael Buble, Steve Winwood, Natalie Cole, Mark Knopfler, Taj Mahal, Joss Stone, and his daughter Shana Morrison.

The newest cut to be released from the duet sessions is Van Morrison and Bobby Womack’s take on “Some Peace of Mind”, taken from Morrison’s 1991 LP Hymns to the Silence.

by Brice Ezell

4 Mar 2015

The ‘90s indie vibe is strong with the Demigs, a rock group that hails from Denton, Texas. This vibe is quite apparent on the tune “Melamine”, a clean guitar-driven number off of their forthcoming double LP, the 20-song Welcome to Hard Times. With sonic corollaries that include ones atypical to the indie realm, namely the New Zealand-based “kiwi rock” of groups like the Clean and the 3-Ds, the Demigs have a distinctive sound that’s matched by their political savvy. In addition to the issues tackled by “Melamine” specifically (read more on that below), the quartet has also taken a stance against fracking in their native Texas.

by Brice Ezell

3 Mar 2015

Enigmatic lyrics, reverb-drenched vocals, and an overall cryptic mood make up the newest album by the St. Louis rock group CaveofswordS, Sigils. (On their website, CaveofswordS is described as “dubwave”.) The band latticeworks layers of psychedelic haze and synth-led soundscapes into a brooding collage that emits intrigue all throughout these ten tunes.

by Brice Ezell

27 Feb 2015

With over 30 years of experience and 11 studio LPs under their belts, the BoDeans don’t have much to do as far as establishing credibility goes. The Waukesha, Wisconsin rock group has built a strong reputation for their rugged work ethic and their love of American roots rock. Both of those things hold true for their soon-to-be-released 12th album, I Can’t Stop, which reaffirms the group’s commitment to the craft—the title is no exaggeration.

Below you can stream the album cut “Slave”, a driving rocker driven by a primal, pounding pulse.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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