Dueling Banjos Kiss and Make Up: The Lowest Pair

Instead of dueling it out, The Lowest Pair picks banjos and sings in perfect equilibrium. Despite the duo’s midwestern origins and current home base of Olympia, Washington, their music is coated in the sparkling dewdrops of the Appalachian dawn. It will resonate with any person who has even the smallest place carved out in his […]

Greg Mullen and A Tour of Cosmic America

Greg Mullen snubbed out the joint he’d been smoking just as the bus pulled up. He was wearing a cowboy hat with the sides curled in and big white, heart-shaped sunglasses. He was traveling with only a suitcase and a guitar. High and exhausted, he took his seat and the mystical voice of the bus driver […]

FOTOS: Low Fat Getting High, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Advaeta, and The Hot Flood

On Friday, April 12 in a small venue on Varet Street in Brooklyn, New York, better known as Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, Exploding in Sound hosted a showcase of loud and thumping sets from Low Fat Getting High, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Advaeta, and The Hot Flood. Past a think cloud of cigarette smoke and incense came The Hot Flood, […]

Jeremiah Jae and the noise of Brainfeeder

Steven Ellison is assembling a remarkable team. Better known as Flying Lotus and Captain Murphy, the figurehead of the label Brainfeeder, which started just five years ago in Los Angeles, has been recruiting a wave of genre-splitting producers and neo hip-hop up-and-comers to his growing base. Preferably, Ellison looks for acts that mend both of […]

Spitzer Space Telescope Plays One-Off Show in NYC

When Chicago-based musician Spitzer Space Telescope is not fiercely strumming his guitar and belting shanties out his lungs, he’s an enormously devoted painter who is preparing for upcoming graduate school to continue his studies in the fine arts. So New York City was lucky Sunday night when the troubadour played a one-off show at Manhattan’s Living Room […]

New Music from Chicago: Soft Candy

Alex Brettin, singer and guitarist of Chicago-based band Soft Candy, kind of looks like a Who. Not a member of The Who, although Soft Candy’s roots run deep into the Mod sound, but the actual Dr. Seuss, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” kind of a Who. His mustache is a little wonky and his hair […]

The Young Resurgence of Hip-Hop’s Jazz Roots

Since its beginning, hip-hop has been a fusion of jazz, funk, and soul music laced with the lyrical influences of spoken word poetry and storytelling. From the raw creation of the culture to the current age, DJs have delved deep into their parent’s record collections in hopes of finding the exact sample that pays homage […]

Haunting Simon Joyner

Simon Joyner’s thirteenth studio album is Ghosts (or sixteenth or so if you count the early tapes) and it’s release marks 20 years that Joyner has been making music. He funded the project with a Kickstarter campaign, in which he outlined some big ambitions for the double album that he called “experimental and sprawling, featuring some […]

Celebrating the Superb Lyricism of WHY?, PART III

This review of WHY? lyrics wraps up our three-part series on the band’s excellence in writing and rhyming.  I’m not going to spend the length of this article deliberating on whether Pitchfork’s arbitrary, if not all together misguided, 2.8 limits the credibility of WHY?’s newest release, Mumps, etc. The album exists because de facto leader Yoni […]

Celebrating the Superb Lyricism of WHY?, PART II

In continuation of celebrating WHY?’s upcoming full-length, Mumps, Etc. (Anticon), we are again highlighting the band’s best lyrics from past releases. As stated in the last issue, many years in the making, Mumps, Etc. is the group’s fifth LP. It features Josiah’s wife Liz and boasts 13 tracks from the Cincinnati natives. This article is the second of three that will […]