WyeChoir

Music Nerd: Wye Oak and Volcano Choir

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Shriek by Wye Oak Wye Oak is a two-member band that makes a lot of noise. Singer Jenn Wasner became known for her mix of folky songwriting and heavy guitar outbursts. Drummer Andy Stack drums with his right hand (and both feet) while playing synthesizers and triggering sequencers with his left. A lot of reviewers […]

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Music Nerd: Emotive Frontmen Edition

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Singles by Future Islands   I felt particularly let down by the internet when I discovered Future Islands through, of all things, a performance on David Letterman’s show (that, granted, I then watched on the internet, but still). Here I thought I was on the cutting edge! My nerd-offense aside, good for them. They went […]

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Music Nerd: Two New Releases

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St Vincent by St Vincent also available on Hoopla After 2012’s excellent Love This Giant with the inimitable David Byrne, I was very excited to see where Annie Clark was headed next, musically. The influence of that collaboration is definitely evident here, some of the synth basslines even echoing the funky horns of that record. […]

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Music Nerd: (Mostly) Instrumental Picks

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Rave Tapes by Mogwai also available on Hoopla Mogwai are not a band who reinvent themselves with every album; each one is more of a continued refinement of their particular mostly-instrumental post-rock sound than a radical departure. For me, their albums are distinguished more by their overall mood. The mood established here, by opening track […]