Listen Closer: Second Impressions of U2′s Songs of Innocence

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Hey, U2 fans, music lovers, and iPhone users... you're invited! I'm joining Dr. Jeff Keuss and others on Monday night, October 13, for a live podcast conversation called "U2, Apple, and the Future of Music." It'll be at Hale's Ales Brewery and Pub in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, and the dinner audience will be involved in the conversation, which will eventually be posted online. Want to join the conversation? Get your tickets here. Okay, let's not waste time talking about … [Read more...]

Listen Closer: Thom Yorke, Luluc, Lucinda Williams, Leonard Cohen, My Brightest Diamond, Sinead O’Connor

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It's time to check the New Music Seismograph! What albums are shaking the ground beneath my feet?Those who have followed my blog over the past decade or so know that I'm averse to "rating" art with a point system. (I mean, really... how much can you learn about a record if I tell you "I give it a 72"?)But hey, just to shake things up, I'm going to make an exception. What good is a blog if it doesn't surprise readers from time to time? Introducing the Overst-richter Scale... … [Read more...]

Listen Closer: St. Vincent, Beck, Neneh Cherry, Lost in the Trees… and U2

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Got headphones?St. Vincent's new self-titled record is every bit the fireworks show that we've come to expect. I'm listening to it right now, and it's melting my head. … [Read more...]

Listen Closer: St. Vincent, Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Rosanne Cash, and More

High Hopes Springsteen

It's a good day for fans of St. Vincent, Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Rosanne Cash, Stephen Malkmus, and Sharon Jones. … [Read more...]

Listen Closer: Peter Gabriel, Joe Henry

I'll Scratch Yours

My musical journey through 2014 begins with a bunch of my favorite artists together on one record performing Peter Gabriel covers. And right off the bat, I'm impressed. David Byrne's version of "I Don't Remember" is fantastic. … [Read more...]


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