Over the years, there have been plenty of Christian metal bands playing in a variety of styles, from death metal to metalcore to '80s metal. Some artists in this realm often wish critics and fans would focus less the religious aspect -- claiming it detracts from the music -- while others embrace the ... More >>
Founded in 1985 by a group of teenage friends who had been part of the Bay Area hardcore scene, Neurosis was never just a conventional band. Dabbling in heady ideas and archetypes of the human imagination, Neurosis is one of the most influential metal band of the last two decades, casting a shadow o ... More >>
Update 9/20/12: Local string quartet Per Vita is slated to back Amanda Palmer this Friday at the Gothic Theater. The group reached out to Palmer immediately when she put out the initial call, knowing full well that it was volunteer only. "We didn't care at all," says Laena McDonald. "We play a lot ... More >>
Darren AnkenmanLiz Phair In the early '90s, Liz Phair (due at the Bluebird Theater this Tuesday) started releasing tapes she called Girly Sound. These early tapes revealed a wide-ranging and playful musical creativity and helped to establish Phair in the underground music scene in Chicago. S ... More >>
In a Q&A with GQ posted earlier this week, Steve Albini takes Sonic Youth to task for selling out when they signed to Geffen in 1990. He contends that when Sonic Youth entered the mainstream machine, it encouraged other bands to follow suit. It's kind of confusing logic if you think too lon ... More >>
If you haven't heard (or don't check Pitchfork like its your Twitter account) Steve Albini is pissed off -- again. In a Q&A with GQ.com published this week, everyone's favorite producer/indie curmudgeon decided to attempt to assassinate Sonic Youth's impenetrable DIY credibility. Serving up s ... More >>
Like so many new albums from old dudes, it's not that Ozzy Osbourne's Scream, which was released today, is not good, per se -- it's that it's not needed. While Osbourne's new effort updates his shtick a bit -- it sounds like he's been listening to a long of Norwegian opera-metal and possibly some ... More >>
Fake Four Inc.
The only constant for this band, it seems, is change.
Thursday, July 12, 3 Kings Tavern, 303-777-7352.
Saturday, May 26, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Magnolia Electric Co. is powered by one prolific songwriter.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Self-Propelled (Flight Approved)
Wednesday, September 28, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
Lightning Always Strikes Something (Satan Rides Shotgun)
After a decade of frigid indie rock, Low's temperature is rising.
With new blood and primeval force, High on Fire has forged a metal masterpiece.
Bright Channel's astral exploration finally takes off.
Tuesday, September 21, 15th Street Tavern, 303-572-0822.
The Eye of Every Storm (Neurot Recordings)
Steve Albini is ready for Bright Channel, but is Bright Channel ready for him?
I Am (Secretly Canadian)
A stab at the majors can be painful.
Things We Lost in the Fire (Kranky)
Former SST producer Spot brings underground Celtic sounds into the light.
A trio of records from Triage
This week's concert pick.
Fort Collins's Tanger moves to the front line of innovative punk.
Reviews of 23 recent superstar recordings--just in time for your holiday purchasing pleasure.
Man or Astro-man? announces plans for world domination.
TINY P.J. HARVEY HAS A MIGHTY BIG TALENT.
PROBABLY NOT--BUT LOLLAPALOOZA REMAINS THE BIGGEST GIG YET FOR CHICAGO'S JESUS LIZARD.
MEDIA DARLING LIZ PHAIR RELUCTANTLY TAKES HER SHOW ON THE ROAD.
How artists in a dishonest business are trying to keep your trust.