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 […]

Celebrating the Superb Lyricism of WHY?

Josiah and Yoni Wolf and Doug McDiarmid are the exceptional three-piece that forms the band WHY?. They’re known for their incredibly infectious beats and clever lyrics–somehow never being completely hip-hop, but never being completely rock. They have a fan base tighter than a Brooklyn hipster’s skinny jeans and their live shows are widely known to […]

Celebrating Elliott Smith’s 43rd Birthday

On August 6, 1969, revered songwriter Elliott Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska. On October 21, 2003, Smith died from alleged self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest. This month, Smith’s former label Kill Rock Stars is celebrating what would have been Smith’s 43rd birthday and presenting Smith’s music in new and meaningful ways, releasing never-heard-before tracks […]