Bob Mould’s Silver Age Worth at Least A Silver Medal

Bob Mould (Merge Records), is the musical equivalent of grandma’s fancy silverware. Old, perfectly functional, beautiful to look at, locked in another era, more ornate then its newer contemporaries, and a delight to hold. Not that being old is bad. Mould, now in his fifties, was ahead of his time when he was playing in the […]

Primavera Sound 2012 Wrap-up

The Parc del Forúm is an excellent location for Primavera Sound, because the Spanish heat gets intense, particularly in the front row crowds, but there’s always a cool sea breeze that hits you just at the right moment. The three main festival days were full of a lot of excellent performances and I even had […]

Primavera Sound 2012 Wishlist

Barcelona’s Primavera Sound is one of the best indie music festivals that Europe has to offer (if not the best). They’re able to gather some of the most interesting and talented international acts out there, as well as showcase lesser-known bands, particularly Spanish ones. It takes place in the Parc del Forum, a breathtaking stone […]

Sharing a Beer Bong with The Men

The following is a review of The Men‘s latest album, Open Your Heart. It imagines the album is a party to which anyone who is listening is invited. We heard music as we walked from our car that we parked on the side of the road. A ton of people were already at the party, so […]