Pavement ’s last album, 1999’s ‘Terror Twilight,’ sounds like a last album. Their previous record, 1997’s ‘Brighten the Corners,’ was a return, after the stoned and cold experimentalism of ‘Wowee Zowee,’ to the sharp songcraft and tight turns the band navigated on 1994’s ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.’ ‘Terror Twilight,’ their fifth album, is all hands-in-the-air giving up, a sign that the group had run its course and there was not much, if anything, left to say.
Red Hot Chili Peppers turned the corner on 1999’s ‘Californication,’ their seventh album and return to form after 1995’s disastrous ‘One Hot Minute.’ With guitarist Dave Navarro – who had no business being in the Chili Peppers and spent his brief tenure with the band seemingly playing songs no one else in the group was hearing – gone, and John Frusciante back, the Peppers eased into their most complex and grown-up record.
In the years since their 2009 formation, Two Inch Astronaut have churned out a string of EPs and perfected their post-punk sound, and now the Maryland-based trio is ready to release their debut full-length, ‘Bad Brother.’
Deer Tick’s John McCauley came into Mountain Jam 2013 with what you might call PMA: positive mental attitude. “I had a good feeling people would show up, even though the weather is not so great,” he said Friday afternoon (June 7), as he looked out over a cruddy, muddy field loaded with poncho-clad peeps.
Elijah Wolf-Christensen released a solo EP, ‘As Tall as the Sun,’ in July 2012, and since then, things have been moving pretty quickly. One of its songs got placed in a Subaru commercial, and Wolf-Christensen began adding musicians and building a proper band. Now called Elijah & the Moon, the group has an LP due out this summer, and they recently embarked on a U.S. tour that stopped Friday (June 7) in Hunter, N.Y., for Mountain Jam 2013
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler will join the Rolling Stones onstage at their concert Sunday night
Before this afternoon (June 7) at Mountain Jam , Diffuser.fm didn’t know about Roadkill Ghost Choir, six scruffy dudes whose haunting folk-rock — anchored by moaning pedal steel — left us super intrigued and a little creeped out. Imagine if Nirvana had crawled from the Florida swamps instead of the rainy woods of the Pacific Northwest, and you’ve got some sense of the sounds that came floating down Hunter Mountain, as the sextet performed for early arrivers undaunted by muddy conditions. On ‘Devout,’ which played like Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game,’ only gamier, the Choir took us all to church, giving the story of Jesus’
The folk-rock thing is all the rage these days, but Elijah & the Moon aren’t your average Jeremiah-come-lately vest-wearing bandwagon jumpers. This fivesome from the Catskills, N.Y., write stomping tunes befitting of a rock band — they just happen to play them on old-timey instruments. Fr
Just a day after Nine Inch Nails unveiled a new song and announced some upcoming tour dates, the band’s most celebrated member (not counting mastermind Trent Reznor ) has apparently left. Veteran guitar hero Adrian Belew posted a brief update on his Facebook page, stating simply, “It didn’t work.”
Rock ‘n’ roll has never shied away from exploring dark and disturbing subjects, but it’s the songs that manage to do so using super infectious melodies that really stand out. There’s something off-putting and bizarrely brilliant about those tunes catchy enough to make listeners sing along to sick, sad or just plain creepy lyrics, oftentimes without realizing what they’re singing about