Author Archives: Eric Atienza

Cleveland Rocks: 10 Musical Reasons Why The City Is More Than Lebron James

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Ten reasons why, in the words of the Presidents of the United States of America, “Cleveland rocks.”

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The Many Faces Of Justin Vernon

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Justin Vernon a born musician that, for at least sixteen years, has known only how to create. Making new sounds is like an addiction to him, and listed here are his drugs of choice.

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Fanno Creek – On My Way

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“On My Way” from Portland trio Fanno Creek is an indie-folk track that travels through a few different soundscapes. Its opening minute features rich vocal harmonies over spare instrumentation, just human voices mixing beautifully over a sporadic kick drum and a bare, sparingly strummed guitar. At this point the song is small, but crystal clear, though it soon transforms with the addition of hand-claps and gospel rhythms. It continues in this thigh-slapping, toe-tapping vein for a short while before shifting yet again, bringing back the sweet tones from the song’s beginning and mixing them with the steady beats from the ...

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Berlin Bar Hounds – Le Rambles

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Unable to resist the allure of the side-project, Jacob Borg, drummer for Australian outfit Jinja Safari, has struck out with a group of his own. “Le Rambles” is the first track from Borg’s Berlin Bar Hounds, and for the first minute I could have sworn I was listening to a new track from The National. The intro’s crisp, cavernous, spare production have all the fingerprints of the Dressler brothers, and the deep, baritone vocals mirror Matt Berninger to a scary degree. As the song progresses the similarities never really leave, but it does become obvious that this ...

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Ages And Ages – Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)

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One of the most striking elements of “Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)” from Portland indie-folk outfit Ages And Ages are the fantastic backing choral harmonies. Yes, it’s a well-crafted tune, and yes the slow build from spare guitar and tambourine to full, powerful, orchestral bombast is compelling, but for me those harmonies toward the end bring everything together beautifully.

In this video the group adds more voices (and more instruments), and so it’s no surprise that “Divisionary” climbs to new heights on their back. The slow build is still there, as is Tim Perry’s soft, expressive voice. But behind him ...

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Oh, Rose – Lottery

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The high energy back beat of the kick drum and snare in the first few seconds of “Lottery” from Oh, Rose immediately hearkens back to the sounds of ’77 punk rock. Quickly, however, these Pacific Northwesterners start showing other roots. The slightly fuzzy, reverb-laden, early-’90s indie rock guitars, for instance, or the reverb-heavy, sharp croon of many ’90s rock front women. They play in a world ruled by riot grrrl, the Cranberries and the early bands of Matador Records, picking up those tools those groups forged and strapping them on top of Tommy Ramone’s drum kit. The dream of the ’90s is ...

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PM Buys – Funeral Psalms

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PM Buys, armed with merely harmonica and acoustic guitar, have quietly released one of the better collections of soft folk tunes of 2014. The Chicago folk artist self-released his Funeral Psalms EP earlier this year and is spending the summer spreading these melodies throughout the Midwest, with a stop in New York City at the end of July.

The EP itself starts off with a bare-bones number taken in a stairwell using a pocket recorder. The grainy, hollow sound compliments the unaccompanied duet quite well, highlighting the sound of old Americana. The voice of Emily Volz takes the lead on this one, ...

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