Saul Conrad: songwriter and ornithologist extraordinaire

Saul Conrad

Often considered the songwriting capitol of the world, Nashville is a town with arguably deeper roots in the craft than anywhere else in the States. While this provides the local concert circuit with bountiful writers nights and acoustic sets, there is often a cry from the general consensus for a fresh approach. There are only [...]

Om bring the meditative doom to Nashville November 27th


Commonly found in Buddhism, the om is a powerful utterance in the Sanskrit om mani padme hum. While there is no one meaning to the phrase, the om itself can be traced back to all Dharmic religions. The single syllable word preludes a number of heavily regarded mantras and phrases. It eases participants into a [...]

Icky Blossoms complement The Faint November 30th at Cannery Ballroom

With a recent album produced by Dave Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santigold, Liars, etc.), a record deal with Saddle Creek and an opening slot for The Faint’s Danse Macabre tour, Icky Blossoms are a pigeon-holing anomaly. The Omaha-based trio’s debut eponymous release is an infectiously versatile album that explores everywhere from electronic beats to sexy [...]

To Live is to Die – Cliff Burton Remembered


Sometimes musicians are just too damn good for the Earth to safely contain the hefty magnitude of their greatness, and thus they must be taken from us abruptly and before their time. Such was the case with original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who died 26 years ago yesterday (September 27th), following a fateful swapping of tour [...]

Siouxsie & the Banshees: A Brief History


It is rather troubling to realise that very few people are aware of the influence that punk/post-punk/goth/post-goth/post-pop group Siouxsie & the Banshees has had over many of the artists that we listen to regularly today – Garbage, PJ Harvey, Björk, Marilyn Manson and LCD Soundsystem to name a few. Without them, the world of rock [...]

Lana Del Rey, GQ and Sex versus Sexuality in Music


This Tuesday, Lana Del Rey was named GQ’s Woman of the Year. She appeared on the cover of the magazine alongside Mad Men actor Johnn Slattery, James Corden, Robbie Williams and Tinie Tempah. The net is abuzz, however, over the apparent controversy that whereas the men were fully clothed, Del Rey appeared on the magazine [...]

Iron Maiden to Reissue First Eight Albums on Picture Disc Vinyl


There was a time when the coolness of albums was measured by how much they were able repulse your mother in the record store. The time was the 80s, and the masters of mainstream mother-repulsion were Iron Maiden, who, with their mascot Eddie the Head, created some of the most instantly recognisable album art in [...]

The Rolling Stones Recording in Paris & Preparing 50th Anniversary Announcement


50 year anniversaries don’t exactly come around all too often – especially in music artists, and especially in music artists riddled by years of drug abuse. Let us be thankful then, for the progenitors of modern blues rock and rock n’ roll The Rolling Stones, who this year celebrated their 50th anniversary. Speculation has been rife [...]