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Resonance Journal | May 21
May 26, 2008 - 12:01 am | Posted by DanDIppolito

Come to our Open Mic at Sound Fix tonight!
Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition is Open!
Monday’s Tip: Stick around for the other bands, or an ill omen awaits you.
The dark, emotionally charged acoustic music of David LK Murphy (photo by Robert Caldarone) set the standard for last week’s Resonance. I overheard one audience member describe the evening sarcastically (though without malice) as “an upbeat night of music” in reference to the reserved, laid back line-up of singer-songwriters. But little does this individual know that reserved and laid-back, introspective acoustic music can be the perfect remedy for an uptight and fast-paced, in-your-face workday. In its essence, Murphy’s music runs rather deep and is quite serious and soulful. A strong vocalist (with a vocal delivery somewhat reminiscent of Zack Condon), Murphy came across strongly, aided by a serious demeanor and steadfastly reserved stage presence. His tasteful, skilled finger-picking allowed strings to ring out and resonate over chord changes on lower-pitched strings, creating layered, full-sounding self-accompaniment. A aptly modified cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was a noteworthy highlight.

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May Feature Show | May 15 Show Review
May 25, 2008 - 12:01 am | Posted by DanDIppolito

Come to our Monday Open Mic at Sound Fix!
Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition is Open!
Sunday’s Tip: Don’t mess with the RIAA! (or the IRS)

(Feature Show review by Lauren Jackson)

(Photo of Neckbeard Telecaster by Jen McManus) Simple, charming, honest… Three words that sum up the performance Mia Riddle and her band gave at Union Pool on Thursday. Like the night itself, Riddle’s music was mild and refined, reminiscent of back porches filled with friends and sweating glasses of iced tea, creating something distinctly rural with an undoubtedly modern, relatable feel. Though soft, her music never was boring or dull. The highlights of her set came when her subdued melodies and twangy strings met with the door swinging open to the Pool’s outdoor area and a balmy breeze blew in. She set the tone flawlessly for the rest of the night’s performances, especially the headliner, Neckbeard Telecaster... [to read the rest, click “Read More...” below!]

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Bands TONIGHT at Matchless!!!
May 24, 2008 - 08:30 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

BANDS tomorrow at Matchless!
Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition Open!
Saturday’s Tip: Dive! Dive!
Darn! We messed up. We posted our coolest, goofiest BANDS post on Monday. We've tried to think of a better post...we even thrust our fists against the post but still insist we saw the ghost of Monday's post. So here is a re-post. TONIGHT! MATCHLESS! Be there...
The problem with America is that on Memorial Day weekend, not enough people drink sarsaparilla while traveling matchless on camp loops? Huh? What do you mean that doesn't make sense? Here, let us rephrase it: On Memorial Day weekend, BANDS night at Matchless will feature Camp Loops (pictured), Sarsaparilla, The Problem and America. Saturday, May 24 is the day of rock. $7 is the price of rock. Not bad for four fantastic acts. So let's say we'll see you there.



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They're an American Band
May 23, 2008 - 01:21 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

BANDS tomorrow at Matchless!
Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition Open!
Friday’s Tip: Don't follow the crowd off a cliff like some lemon.
"Formed in January of 2001, the band has become the standard-bearer for DIY bands in New York." That's what it says on the website of the Americans, who take the stage this Saturday for Bands night at Matchless. Songs like "Flying Colors in Progress" definitely hark back to the days of the Tascam 424. There's plenty of Pavement-sloppy drums and droning, reverberated guitar parts that will perk up the ears of lo-fi guitar rock aficionados. The Americans take the stage at 11pm. For a full bill description, visit the Bands page.



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Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition (WLSC2008) is Open For Submissions!
May 22, 2008 - 12:01 am | Posted by DanDIppolito

Enter the 5th Annual Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition!
Come to our Open Mic at Sound Fix!
Thursday’s Tip: No noise suggests no bees.
As sure as the seasons, as regular as a fiber-fanatic, as unstoppable as the end of the world, the WLSC is back for another year. JezebelMusic.com is proud to announce that song submissions are now open for the 5th Annual Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition. This event brings to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, aspiring independent singer-songwriters to play in front of music industry professionals and journalists who are the competition’s judges, their peers for mutual recognition, to celebrate the art of song, and for a grand prize of $4,000! In its fifth year, the WLSC2008 will screen 1,000 submissions in order to select 150 contestants for the live competition spanning 8 nights and 7 venues between November 15 and November 22, 2008. If you’re a performing songwriter who wants to be heard, discovered, introduced to a plethora of talented peers and enjoy an incredibly fun event, don’t hesitate to sign up!



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Resonance Preview - Come on out TONGIHT!
May 21, 2008 - 08:34 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic Mondays at Sound Fix!
Resonance 5/21 at Pianos Upstairs!
Wednesday’s Tip: Yes, you look fat in that ego.
David LK Murphy's (pictured right) "Peace of Mind" was released on a recent Antifolk compilation and regardless of time lines, it sounds as if this songwriter has left a good number of demons behind him with 2006's Gone. The arrangement is upbeat and the lyrics are reflective. Murphy promises to bring some cellos and additional vocalists to this show. Don't miss a chance to hear this top-notch singer...It looks as if Brett Saxon has been busy recording a new record due out in July. It will be great to hear the new material live this evening. Over the past year, Saxon has proven himself to be a melodic tunesmith and his songs keep getting stronger. Check out "The Lines We Cross"...Jay Hammond has a knack for Lou Barlow-inspired recording. Songs like "To Know You" have a haunting quality about them, with a sweet melody and a generous use of delay/reverb. "The Trees Lament" is another winner, echoing the Red House Painters in its vast, lonely feel...Shwa's new CD, Chop Chop, is out and ready for public consumption. The title track is a great slice of folk-pop, a modern workingman's song. Shwa was a contestant in 2007's Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition and "Myriah" is the song that got him in the door. Both songs can be found at his MySpace page, along with some older material that helps us chart this songwriter as he develops his own voice. We'll see you tonight!



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On Radio Jezebel: Sarsaparilla and The Problem
May 20, 2008 - 09:38 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic Mondays at Sound Fix!
Resonance 5/21 at Pianos Upstairs!
Tuesday’s Tip: Everything you know is diagonal.
When you're bored at work, playing darts with a picture of your boss and listening to that coworker with a window talk about how it's raining outside, Radio Jezebel may be just the thing to cheer you up. It's our streamable music player and it can be found on the first page of our site, halfway down. This week, the radio features two songs from acts that will be playing Bands night this Saturday at Matchless. "Babysteps" by Sarsaparilla is soft, acoustic number and "No Exit" by The Problem (pictured) is driving, rock guitar pop. We're excited to have both of these bands back on the Jezestage! You're one (or maybe two) click(s) away from musical bliss...do it!



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A Memorial Week at Jezebel
May 19, 2008 - 09:19 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic Mondays at Sound Fix!
Resonance 5/21 at Pianos Upstairs!
Monday’s Tip: No one is looking, but make it quick.
The problem with America is that on Memorial Day weekend, not enough people drink sarsaparilla while traveling matchless on camp loops? Huh? What do you mean that doesn't make sense? Here, let us rephrase it: On Memorial Day weekend, BANDS night at Matchless will feature Camp Loops (pictured), Sarsaparilla, The Problem and America. Saturday, May 24 is the day of rock. $7 is the price of rock. Not bad for four fantastic acts. So let's say we'll see you there. And don't forget Resonance this Wednesday (details soon).



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Resonance Journal | May 14
May 16, 2008 - 5:35 pm | Posted by DanDIppolito

Songfair Open Mic on Monday at Sound Fix!
Resonance on Wednesday at Pianos Upstairs!
Saturday’s Tip: Dial “M” for murderousness.
Don’t be fooled: The Fools (photo by Lippe) are not fools. It’s clear that Jen Tobin and Uchenna Bright know what they are doing. Tobin is an abundantly skilled songwriter, with the skill to pack great depth and melody into the smallest packages (many of her songs are 3 minutes or less). Tobin’s straightforward vocal approach does not rely on superfluous characteristics - it comes across clear, honest and real, especially in conjunction with her rather serious demeanor (most notable characterized by stark stares projected at random audience members). Accompanying Tobin’s vocals and guitar is Bright on bass, whose modest lines are a testament to “three is a crowd” - the simple combination of bass, guitar, and subdued, subtly forlorn melodies work considerate wonders for The Fools.

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Consignment | May 10 Show Review
May 15, 2008 - 5:54 pm | Posted by DanDIppolito

Songfair Open Mic on Monday!
Resonance on Wednesday!
Friday’s Tip: Does whiskey count as beer?
(Consignment review by Lauren Jackson)

My first venture into the Galapagos Art Space in Williamsburg was marked by three things, all evoking fairly conflicting images and feelings (though we know how the nightcrawlers in good old Billy’s town love juxtaposition and irony, so the whole thing may have been more intentional than I realize). The first was the seemingly large body of black water in the Galapagos entryway, all ominous and murky at first glance, but, upon closer examination, was barely five inches deep. Having that be the first notable thing I saw in the space, I was left with a (literal and figurative) sinking feeling, seeing myself – a toddler compared to the venue’s traditional demographic – drowning amidst a sea of salt and pepper beards and conversations about musical movements that took place before I was born... [click "Read More..."!]

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Bring Your Whiskers To Union Pool Tonight!
May 15, 2008 - 09:28 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
May Feature Show at Union Pool this Thursday!
Thursday’s Tip: Plastics.
See this picture? This is a Jezebel staff member growing his beard for the sole purpose of getting on stage with Neckbeard Telecaster for tonight's Feature Show at Union Pool. Women have screamed. Children have gripped their father's hands as I pass them on the street. I got turned away from several job interviews on the spot. But this is the NT man chorus we're talking about. Sacrifices are necessary. And therefore, so are beards. Or at least serious stubble. It's going to be a great show. See you there. - Ben Krieger



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Resonance Preview - Come on out TONIGHT!
May 14, 2008 - 09:24 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
May Feature Show at Union Pool this Thursday!
Wednesday’s Tip: Streetlights, people...hold on to them.
The Fools write some of the sweetest songs you'll find in NYC and it's great to have them playing Resonance. Vocalist/guitarist Jen Tobin is the first one who grabs the listener's ear, but lately I've been paying close attention to Uchenna and how her bass lines offer up lovely counterpoint melodies. A true team effort, this is late-night pillow talk music of the highest order; every song sounds like a finger stroked over skin...Bill Bartholomew has a new EP out called World on A Wire and "American Anthem" puts a huge arrangement behind the energetic delivery we're used to seeing in his live performances. Check out that slice of Mould-esque guitar pop on his myspace page...How in the world do vocalists like Flanagan Smith get their tone? Is it really all that bourbon? The cigarettes? What did they sound like when they were babies? I'm really curious about this. Whatever the answer, Smith is blessed with a charmingly gruff voice to carry over his fine songs. Think Levon Helm crossed with Tom Waits and a fetish for John Prine and you're in the ball park...You know whose voice Heather Christian reminds me of? Kim Carnes. I'm a huge fan of "Betty Davis Eyes" and Christian combines that sassy rasp with some lovely piano-based songs. This squares off another solid Resonance at Piano's. Be there tonight! - Ben Krieger



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Feature Neckbeard Telecaster on Radio Jezebel
May 13, 2008 - 09:31 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
May Feature Show at Union Pool this Thursday!
Tuesday’s Tip: Never stop trying...unless you don't have enough super delegates.
Neckbeard Telecaster is playing this Thursday with Mia Riddle, Grand Mal, and The World Without Magic. Neckbeard and WWM are both featured on Radio Jezebel this week and while the latter band is represented well, there is just no way to capture the feel of this month's featured artist in an mp3. Neckbeard Telecaster is about human contact and community. It's about the smell of beer, smoke and sweat in a large concert hall. In other words, if you are even the least bit sold on the band while streaming their tune today, your excitement will increase tenfold at the show. We're getting all jittery with anticipation. Come out, come out wherever you are!



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Neckbeard Telecaster This Thursday!
May 12, 2008 - 09:28 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
May Feature Show at Union Pool this Thursday!
Monday’s Tip: Smoke 'em if you've got 'em. *cough*
It's true, folks. I have stood in the sweaty man pit otherwise known as Death by Audio otherwise known as the practice space of Neckbeard Telecaster. I have sung with the man chorus. I have heard the glorious harmonies. I have smoked the cigarettes with my left hand. I am very excited to be joining this joyous collective for the feature show this Thursday at Union Pool. It is going to be a blast. That's all there is to it. Just be there. You will have fun. --Ben Krieger



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Resonance Journal | May 7
May 11, 2008 - 3:52 pm | Posted by DanDIppolito

Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
May Feature Show at Union Pool this Thursday!
Sunday’s Tip: You tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is: never try.
Dream Boat (photo by Emily Rawlings) is an appropriately-named duo of two depressingly-talented singers, songwriters, and string strummers: Kelli Rae Powell and Craig Chesler. As a testament to the strength of their songwriting, I found myself involuntarily singing along with the chorus to their opening song “Just Another Day” – I’d heard this song a few times before, and apparently I’ve memorized the words! For this performance, Chesler took on the strings and backing vocals, a sans-uke Powell (a rare sight) let loose up front, and Tony Maceli provided low end on upright bass. If justice exists, this trio will tour with the Magnetic Fields immediately.

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Consignment. Tonight. Free. WORD UP!!!!!!
May 10, 2008 - 09:14 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Consignment Saturday at Galapagos!
Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
Saturday’s Tip: Why do you insist on denying your love of robots? Let the feelings flow...
Look at this face! How could this face produce anything other than cheerful pop music? Go to Rimsky's myspace page and listen to "Adaptation." And then "Pine Nut." And then "Your Good Nature" and then the rest. Good stuff, eh? Tonight's Consignment is going to be a winner, folks. Don't say we didn't warn you. Also on the bill are Afuche and Sport of Kings. The music starts at 10:30 and admission is FREE. Any questions?



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Tomorrow's Consigment Show on Radio Jezebel
May 09, 2008 - 2:05 pm | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Consignment Saturday at Galapagos!
Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
Friday’s Tip: You love robots.
Afuche (pictured), who will be playing Consignment tomorrow night, are featured on Radio Jezebel this week. "A Cue to Bathe" starts out with some Ascension-esque chaos before launching into a creepy polka instrumental that is over before you know it. If the track is any indication of what's in store for us on Saturday, it's going to be a night to sip your red wine, snap your fingers and act all beatnik-n-s%$t! Also on the bill are Rimsky and Sport of Kings. The music starts at 10:30 and admission is FREE. Tell the rain to piss off! We'll see you there...



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Consignment On Saturday (FREE show)!
May 08, 2008 - 08:42 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Consignment Saturday at Galapagos!
Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
Thursday’s Tip: Robots have feelings, too.
We know everyone was a bit bummed when the city rained on the benefit show by shutting down the Luna Lounge and at this point everyone in the Jezebel family is ready for a really good band show. Consignment is back to deliver this Saturday with Rimsky, Afuche (pictured) and Sport of Kings on the bill. The music starts at 10:30 and admission is FREE. The weather is lovely these days, even when it rains. So come on out and get your rock off, people! We'll see you there...



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Dreamboat Resonantes Tonight at Pianos w/ Kagero, Elisa Flynn, Patrick Bowler
May 05, 2008 - 09:10 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Resonance every Wednesday at Pianos Upstairs!
Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
Wednesday’s Tip: Did you go to the Hollywood Upstairs Medical School, too?
Dream Boat (photo by Emily Rawlings) will be playing tonight at Pianos upstairs lounge, for approximately zero dollars, along with Patrick Bower, Kagero, and Elisa Flynn. We've gushed over this dynamic duo before (read below) and the fact that they're surrounded by such solid talent on this bill just makes the night that much sweeter. We'll see you there!
From the February '08 archive:
Dreamboat is sounding less and less like a side project and more like a supergroup; think of Craig Chesler and Kelli Rae Powell as the CSN&Y of Brooklyn songwriters. Losing a bit of the vulnerability that graces their solo performances (Powell especially), they gain a lethal dose of swagger, not to mention a dynamite collection of original songs that blend Tin Pan Alley structures and feel with the 60s sensibilities of the Kinks and the Who. Toni Maceli is a wonderful addition on upright bass, adding to both the sound and the stage banter. The group sings mostly about love, loss and desire, which thoroughly satisfies listener (for now: the legacy of their lyrically eclectic solo material suggests that they have the ability to eventually expand their repertoire). One of THE acts to watch for 2008.




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Resonance Journal | April 30
May 02, 2008 - 5:59 pm | Posted by DanDIppolito

Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
Resonance every Wednesday at Pianos Upstairs!
Sunday’s Tip: Can’t trust a pig with watermelons.
Magdyn Osh (pictured) is a 3-6 member acoustic folk band from Brooklyn, led by vocalist/songwriter Mike Flis. Magdyn Osh played a solid set of great songs. Most noticeable about the band are two things: Flis’s subtle yet penetrating voice (with an always-appreciated dash of melancholy), and excellently crafted songs. Above all – even the band’s cohesive, organic fusion of many instruments – Magdyn Osh is a testament to the power and importance of great songs. How well a voice or an instrument is orchestrated makes no difference if there is no song behind it. To hear for yourself, check out “Come On This Way.”

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One Year Later: April 2007 Feature Opening for Nine Inch Nails
May 02, 2008 - 07:57 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
Resonance every Wednesday at Pianos Upstairs!
Friday’s Tip: D is for death ray!
Back in 2007, Jezebel's April Feature - A Place to Bury Strangers - expressed their desire to get signed, tour Europe, and beyond. Well, so-far-so-great: the band struck a deal with Killer Pimp, rubbed elbows with Pitchfork Media, and will be following their European tour with some dates opening for Nine Inch Nails. It seems inevitable that Trent Reznor and the "loudest band in NYC" would end up touring together. We're very happy to see another one of our favorite bands skyrocketing into stratosphere.



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April Showers Bring May POWER!!!!
May 01, 2008 - 08:02 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
Resonance every Wednesday at Pianos Upstairs!
Thursday’s Tip: C is for casket!
You may have noticed the ticker that can be found on the left of our website. It keeps you updated on all the upcoming events for the month. So to avoid making dinner plans with Grandpa Gabe on the wrong night, make note of the following electric events:

On Saturday, May 10, our monthly Consignment show will take place at Galapagos with Rimsky, Afuche and Sport of Kings...our May Feature Show with Neckbeard Telecaster will include performances by Mia Riddle, Grand Mal and The World Without Magic. As always, it will take place at Union Pool...Saturday, May 24 finishes things off at Matchless with Bands: Camp Loops, Sarsaparilla, The Problem, and Americans. May Flowers? Hell no!



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Resonance Tonight at Piano's Upstairs
April 30, 2008 - 11:59 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
Resonance every Wednesday at Pianos Upstairs!
Wednesday’s Tip: The B is for bargain!
Resonance at Piano's Upstairs showcases four more talented acts this week. As we mentioned yesterday, Joe Moore is a WLSC 2006 Semifinalist and is featured on Radio Jezebel this week. Andy Guthrie (pictured) is another Semifinalist (from WLSC 2007). Equally adept on piano and guitar, Guthrie's voice bears a resemblence to Leah Siegel. On his myspace page, listen to "Indifference" for a taste of his wavery, rust-honey delivery. Hailey Wojcik has won over Jezefans in the past with poppy piano songs like "Dinosaur Bone" and the Weezer-ish, guitar-driven "Holden Caulfield." Lyrics like, "you wouldn't piss on me if I was on fire" are funny, biting images...Magdyn Osh is an acoustic act that mixes guitar, pump-organ, banjo and mandolin with the simple tunefulness of the Kinks. Great vocal melodies, too. We'll see you tonight! --Ben Krieger



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Resonance Tonight at Pianos Upstairs!
April 29, 2008 - 10:58 am | Posted by JezeBlog Editor

Songfair Open Mic every Monday at Soundfix!
Resonance every Wednesday at Pianos Upstairs!
Wednesday’s Tip: The B is for bargain!
This week on Radio Jezebel we have songs by two WLSC stars: "Ode to Nothing" by Joe Moore and "Documents" by The Lisps' Cesar Alvarez. Moore (pictured), who will be playing Resonance! this Wednesday, is an alt-country writer with a rich, rusty voice great lyrical imagery. Alvarez is a quirky composer; his featured recording is from the WLSC 2006 Compilation CD and shows off his million-chord-and-wisecrack-a-minute abilities. The Lisps were Jezebel Music's February 2007 Feature Artist. The CD can be purchased for only $5 right here.



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Songfair Open Mic TONIGHT at Sound Fix Lounge!
April 28, 2008 - 09:45 am | Posted by DanDIppolito

Songfair Open Mic kicks off tonight!
Resonance every Wednesday at Pianos Upstairs!
Monday’s Tip: In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women.
Resonance Journal | April 23 (by Jay Hammond) Ric Leictung’s (pictured) sound is shocking. His unique combination of seemingly a-rhythmic guitar swats and guttural vocal yelps is a recipe for casual-listener confusion. Dig a little deeper though and you’ll find some bitingly honest lyrics (“I can’t have a decent conversation with anyone I know”) and a sense of “don’t tell me what to do” fearlessness. Check out “O Lightning” for a pretty break from his otherwise “pretty is boring” catalog. Who wants casual listeners anyway?

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