Sounds outrageous

Recently I had the opportunity to attend Perez Hilton’s “One Night in Chicago” pre-Lollapalooza party, and although I had every intention of going to the party that promised a red carpet and celebrities, on the...

Duran Duran

Grade: B- “These are days of hit and run/In the stream with everyone/Is a moment of our lives,” Simon LeBon sings over an accented backbeat in “The Valley” as he begins Duran Duran’s latest attempt at a come...

Counterpunch

After listening to Chicago-based band Counterpunch’s self-titled debut album, the best way I can think of describing them is “damn catchy.” The first track, “Team Player,” has a lengthy opening of distortion,...

Smith EP

For the boys of Tokyo Police Club, everything seems to be going their way. Performances at both Coachella and Lollapalooza this summer have solidified the Canadian quartet’s reputation as a powerful live act....

Mapmaker

Loud. Explosive. Urgent. These words could only describe two things: me in the bathroom after a Dos Reales burrito and the music of Parts and Labor. Today you're in luck; I am, in fact, talking about music "¦ a...

In Our Nature

There is something fundamentally different in José Gonzalez new album, In Our Nature, than in his first album, Veneer. The classical guitar is still present and ever-compelling, but there is something more inna...