Snow covered a parking lot occupied by a dozen vehicles. The wintry mix came late but was welcomed by the bands and patrons leaning against the Firebird's brick walls.
When Midlake was dealt a game-changing blow, the band was left to decide if they wanted to quit or reinvent themselves.
Proving to be more than the sum of its influences, Ha Ha Tonka creates emotionally charged songs combining roots rock with anthemic indie rock songwriting sensibilities.
Recorded on an old tape deck that most musicians would be thrilled to unload on Craigslist for a sandwich and a case of beer, "Vermona" by Brooklyn, N.Y. duo Take Berlin has a delicate acoustic movement that's part found art, part elusive emotion.
The Architects' new EP "Border Wars" opens with the energy and might of a boxer who’s suddenly on the verge of scoring a spectacular, first-round knockout in a championship fight. And it’s as close to perfect as rock 'n' roll gets for me in 2013.
Sleepy Sun sounds like a trip taken in the warmth of California, rambling through the magic land, where the trees grow for a thousand years, your head full of gorgeous, fuzzy noise.
In physics, the observer effect is well known. "You can't observe anything without changing it." So too is it in love and life. "Vanilla," a new song by Ghost Maps, the latest project of Jeff Martin of Dublin, Ireland band Halfset, captures that uncanny feeling.