Like school children sending notes back and forth across the classroom, Ted Leo and Aimee Mann were constantly exchanging songs cross-country in preparation for "The Both." Their debut release isn't so much a work of two separately renowned artists, but one in which the Both come together to create something unified, cohesive and extraordinarily catchy.
Michael Deni's efforts to galvanize the woozy Off Broadway crowd coalesced into a flagrant one-two punch. He bopped around the stage with straight shoulders and buoyant legs, eventually plunging into the crowd who finally shook itself out of the Thursday night stupor that left them boring and polite the first couple songs in.
The War on Drugs truly creates a genre of its own, combining the electricity of psychedelia with the craftsmanship of veteran songwriters. It may be hard to fathom, but worry less about categorizing and temporarily drift away via "Lost in the Dream."
A Facebook conversation about Eels' mastermind Mark Oliver Everett nailed the conundrum of the musician's career, spanning nearly 30 years with some of the most innovative and interesting music that formed the core of '90s alternative and indie rock in relative quiet:
About 10 minutes before Black Lips took the stage, a chant began: "T.P. party! T.P. party!" "T.P. party!"
The creative process can be arduous. Without the right elements, working an internal dialogue into a malleable mass of creative genius can feel wrong. It takes time. It takes a curative flair. Bands like Local Natives understand the ingredients that go into records anointed with emotions that settle deeper than the soul, and it's why why people go see bands like Local Natives.
It's remarkable what 10 years in the industry have done for Texas native St. Vincent (Annie Clark). Now, with five albums on the shelves, she's reaching the masses not just by gracing the top 40 charts, but by infusing her music with qualities not-often heard in mainstream music.