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The two Dublin musicians who make up the group's core, John Kowalski and Rian Trench are psychedelic kosmische specialists and ardent film buffs through and through, and those two specific interests come together in a loose sort of way on their first
In the Nineties and the Aughts, several bands used rock's instrumentation but not its archetypal aspects: Vocals and verse-chorus-verse structure were usually discarded in favor of texture and mood. The influence of film soundtrack music could be
We know you're not paying attention to anything that happened with that groundhog yesterday, and we're stuck with you for another six weeks regardless of whether or not he saw his shadow. Thankfully, we have Ttotals' blues-infused, space-kissed,
In truth, Embryo's "New York Mix" succeeds by simply focusing on the essentials: a set of stabbing chords, a rounded bassline moving in sync, a heavily compressed four-on-the-floor, and just a sprinkling of vocal samples to keep things lively.
But none of these translations explains the music of James Hrabak. He falls into the category of the post-rock genre, a genre with a compositional formula that wants to be experimental. Beginning with an ambient timbre, post-rock eventually
How do we classify music into hip-hop, heavy metal or Krautrock? What can we learn from mapping all these seemingly separate media genres? People and machines are working together to cobble together categorization systems that try to keep up with the
Happy in the haze of holiday joy, we find a bit of a bummer with the recent news that the upcoming High Watt gig will be the swan song for one of my favorite local groups, Fragments of God. I penned a pick for this week's dead-tree edition of the
Pirsig contrasts the unimpeded view of the world available from the pillion of a motorcycle with the restricted perspective offered by the window of a car. In a car you're always in a compartment ... you're a passive observer and it is all moving by
The avant-garde German band performs March 23 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Tickets, priced from $49.50 to $65, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m.
Callinan's debut album, Embracism , combines the darkened pop of 1980s New Romantics with the startling clamor of the era's industrial groups. But those influences are just starting points for the Australian musician. He's got a strong command of his