Samick Motherlode

December 2014
Eric Shea

Eric Shea

Though Eric Shea doesn't have a guitar to hide behind while fronting the punk 'n' roll quartet Hot Lunch, he wields a couple of Rickenbackers in the Byrds-inspired bands Mover and Sweet Chariot. When he's not jingling and/or jangling, Shea loves modifying budget guitars, nerding-out on tube amps, and writing about music. He currently writes for Pandora, and has also written for iTunes and Rhapsody, as well as more tangible periodicals like Thrasher, The San Francisco Chronicle, Raygun, BAM, and enough alt weeklies to line the birdcages of Sir Elton John's estate. (Photo by Josie Ramondetta)

ARTICLES

Ear to the Ground: Sleep's “The Clarity”

September 4, 2014
The doom titans’ first recording in more than 20 years is even more monstrously throbbing than their genre-defining early work.
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Ear to the Ground: Chris Smither’s “Link of Chain”

September 2, 2014
To celebrate a lifetime of music, the Boston folk-blues luminary recruits like-minded friends to help out with two volumes featuring new versions of old favorites.
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Ear to the Ground: Witch Mountain’s “Psycho Animundi”

August 27, 2014
When you hear Uta Plotkin’s soulful wail, you’ll wish more doom metal bands had female singers.
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Ear to the Ground: Tom Heyman’s “Black Top”

August 18, 2014
The Bay Area’s go-to pedal-steel man cuts smoldering, J.J. Cale-style grooves on his new pawnshop-gear-powered album.
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Ear to the Ground: Woods’ “Tambourine Light”

August 12, 2014
With its chiming, 12-string Rickenbacker leads and boyish vocal harmonies, this is anything but a nod to Dylan.
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Ear to the Ground: The Muffs' “Up and Down Around”

July 28, 2014
Kim Shattuck’s getting fired from the Pixies was the best thing to happen to fans of the Muffs—the band is releasing its first new album in a decade.
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Ear to the Ground: Reigning Sound’s “Falling Rain”

July 28, 2014
More Link Wray than Van Morrison, Reigning Sound’s latest overflows with life experience and timeless rock ’n’ roll.
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Ear to the Ground: Bison’s “One Thousand Needles”

July 21, 2014
The Vancouver rock titans deliver a lengthy, two-song EP that veers sharply away from their party-thrash roots and headfirst into doomy sludge.
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Ear to the Ground: Playboy Manbaby’s “Choppy Chad”

July 14, 2014
This prank-punk sextet has no interest in melting your face, but they just might melt your grilled cheese sandwich. Check these dudes out before Hugh Hefner’s lawyers make them change their name.
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Ear to the Ground: Shake Some Action!’s “Colors Exploding”

July 11, 2014
Is this Seattle quartet worthy of naming itself after the Flamin’ Groovies’ most famous power-pop hit. Listen for yourself and see….
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