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2013 in review

December 31, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Get Togethers

October 17, 2013

The Get Togethers

I recently read James Toth’s scathing article That’s a Bad Lyric And You Know It, in which Toth berates the current “lack of critical interface with lyrical content” because it “threatens to shortchange the few remaining songwriters who exhibit a genuine talent for lyrical verse.”

The Get Togethers fall into that latter camp of talented lyricists, adept at epic storytelling through musical verse.  Their debut album, Home as in Houston, is a poetic memoir of their seminal year, chronicling the events of 2007 into 12 unique but interwoven songs/months/chapters. Read more…


October 7, 2013
Lucius is a triple-threat of vocal harmonies, infectious hooks, and dance-inducing percussion. Pair those traits with the band’s irresistible live show and it’s easy to see why NPR Music calls Lucius “a fabulous band playing such infectious pop songs” and Paste hails the group as “blissful.” Charismatic co-founders and lead vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sing in unison – two voices as one – uniquely delivering songs with stories told from the same perspective. Read more…

Empty Chairs

October 3, 2013


Brooklyn-based electronic threesome Empty Chairs uses colorful rhythmic samples coupled with interwoven harmonies to create an enveloping and kaleidoscopic atmosphere.​   After forming Empty Chairs as a solo project in 2011, singer-guitarist Peter Spear was joined by bandmates Whitney Broadstreet on synth/vocals and percussionist Matthew O’Koren, following the release of Empty Chairs EP.   Read more…

The Dough Rollers

September 26, 2013


If you like your rock ‘n roll flavored with the whiskey and smoke piquancy of the blues, then we have a treat for you! The Dough Rollers released their newest single, “Lily” via Jack White’s Third Man Records. The Dough Rollers formed in 2008 when Jack Byrne and Malcolm Ford bonded over a mutual appreciation for blues. 

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Luke Miller

September 19, 2013

Luke Miller

If you’re one of the guys who spent hours wandering around Skyrim wearing an Amulet of Mara looking for cute dudes to marry, but were disappointed when the romance train jumped from nuptials to banal domesticity without any hot Nord action, then we have a game for you. Earlier this year, Luke Miller of UP Multimedia introduced the sci-fi adventure game My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant to bring some sexy fun to gaymers everywhere. Read more…

Animal Years

September 17, 2013

animal years

Brooklyn’s Animal Years bring a fresh face to indie roots rock. Animal Years is driven by singer Mike McFadden’s crisp vocals and magnetic poise, featured on their debut record, Sun Will Rise, due out September 17, 2013. Read more…

Matt Wertz

September 9, 2013


The more distance I get on the decade, the more I realize that there was more than one 80s. Mine was all about black lipstick, synthpop and long bangs. But there was the 80s of hairbands, the “Walking on Sunshine” 80s, the 80s of popped collars and polos with tiny alligators on. And then there was the 80s in which a generation of older rockers mixed the drum machines of their sleek young contemporaries with the big guitars of their own heydays, and spiced the mix with a heavy dose of nostalgia – think “Boys of Summer” and “Higher Love” as two standouts. This is the 80s that Matt Wertz taps on his new ten-track album Heatwave. What began with a homemade drum groove on Matt’s front porch in Nashville sprang into a varied ten-song album that is equal parts a nostalgic trip to the always-already nostalgic 80s, and a testament to the artistic ambition Wertz has developed seven recordings into his career. What began with a homemade drum groove on his Nashville front porch sprung into Matt’s most ambitious project to date. Read more…

Thomas C. Chung

September 5, 2013

Thomas C. Chung - Photography by Alessandra Langum.

Photo by Alessandra Langum

Exploring the interstices between art and craft, consumption and desire, the work of Thomas C. Chung inhabits an anxious space where all is not as it seems. In a true DIY spirit, Thomas is devoted to labor-intensive and handmade processes. His soft yarn sculptures of candies and vegetables, placed in unlikely settings, simultaneously evoke the surprise and sweetness of discovering the unexpected, and the fairy tale menace of the witch’s candy cabin. Effortlessly mixing charm, nostalgia, and a quiet unease, Thomas’s work is both delightful and provocative. Read more…

Saucy Monky

September 3, 2013

Saucy Monky, Photo by Trevor Gale


Twelve year veterans of the L.A. indie scene, Saucy Monky deliver jagged pop song with a solid rock n’ roll punch. Founded in 2001 by long-time friends Annmarie Cullen and Cynthia Catania, Saucy Monky’s maturity as a band shines through in polished pop riffs and compelling hooks, with Annmarie’s powerful vocals bringing it all together.  Read more…