Craig Finn is a wordy chap -- but in the best way. For many of the Hold Steady's most ardent fans, Finn's narrative lyrics and spoken vocal delivery are central to the appeal.
I caught Jeff Prystowsky, multi-instrumentalist for the Low Anthem, during morning rehearsals for a short U.K. tour continuing to support the band's latest record, "Smart Flesh" (Nonesuch, 2011). The Low Anthem returns to the U.S. for fall dates beginning with a summer festival show in St. Louis.
Don't call it a comeback. Funk and soul have always played a part in Andy Noble's repertoire as a DJ, record collector and store owner.
An awesome sound just might come naturally to Austin's beautifully dissonant Ume -- either that or through hard work and passion.
I've been back from Lollapalooza for four days now, after being there for all three days for the first time. The blisters have healed, sunburn is aloe'ed to the gills, and leg muscles have finally relaxed to put some notes to paper.
A barrage of merchandise tents, non-profits, stages with unfamiliar faces (and names) and active half-pipes is likely to overwhelm even a veteran Warped fan.
The Big Man suffered a stroke; his condition is serious but stable.