December 2016

Articles by Eric Shea

Ear to the Ground: Radio Moscow’s “Death of a Queen”

May 30, 2014
On their fourth long-player, the Iowa power trio breathes new life into old-school acid rock.
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Ear to the Ground: The Mother Hips’ “Desert Song”

May 30, 2014
Armed with a quiver of Fullerton’s finest tone machines, the Mother Hips leak a song from their ninth studio album, Chronicle Man.
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Ear to the Ground: ASG’s “Comet Drop”

May 29, 2014
Even at this plodding-astronaut pace, ASG’s soaring guitar harmonies, walls of sludgy distortion, and glass-shattering vocals are white-knuckle intense.
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Ear to the Ground: Brian Reitzell’s “Last Summer”

May 29, 2014
The Lost in Translation composer reunites with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields on Reitzell’s debut solo album.
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Ear to the Ground: The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s “What You Isn’t”

May 28, 2014
Anton Newcombe bathes the Massacre’s 14th album in vintage tones that recall the ’90s recalling the ’60s.
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Ear to the Ground: Comet Control’s “Blast Magic” and “Future Forever”

May 22, 2014
More shoegaze than space-rock, this Canadian outfit blends pedalboard mayhem with eye-of-the-storm vocals to create tunes that are catchy and heady.
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Ear to the Ground: Braid’s “Bang”

May 21, 2014
The seminal post-hardcore/emo quartet puts out its first album in 16 years—but don’t call it a reunion.
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Ear to the Ground: Jess Williamson’s “Snake Song”

May 21, 2014
Texas songstress Jess Williamson invokes early Cat Power and This Mortal Coil with a new track haunted by the ghosts of the desert Southwest.
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Ear to the Ground: Planes of Satori’s “Son of a Gun”

May 19, 2014
This "psychedelic Afro-Kraut" quartet combines trippy leads with vibes that veer from Kraftwerk to Can and Ethiopian-tinged jazz.
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Ear to the Ground: Once and Future Band’s "Brain"

May 19, 2014
Even if you think "prog" is a four-letter word, this adventurous trio will grab your ear with their deft guitar and bass leads, vintage tones, and infectious three-part harmonies.
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Ear to the Ground: Lecherous Gaze's "Animal Brain" and "On the Skids"

May 19, 2014
J Mascis' tech Graham Clise uses Plexis—Marshall and Dan Armstrong—to channel Rory Gallagher, Chuck Berry, and Robin Trower.
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Ear to the Ground: Sturgill Simpson’s “Turtles All the Way Down”

May 16, 2014
With a nylon-string and subtly psychedelic production, Simpson channels Waylon Jennings while keeping Gram Parsons' vision of "cosmic American music" alive.
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Ear to the Ground: Buzz Osborne’s “Dark Brown Teeth”

May 16, 2014

The Melvins frontman retains his signature slow-cooked riffs and quirky humor on this psych-folk sneak-peek at his new acoustic solo album, This Machine Kills Artists.


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Ear to the Ground: Bart Davenport's "Fuck Fame"

May 14, 2014
Gritty leads meet blue-eyed soul in this brutally honest tune from the prolific songwriter.
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Ear to the Ground: Extra Classic's "A Little Rain"

May 13, 2014
This sneak peek at the indie quintet's upcoming album seamlessly melds Blondie, dream pop, and dub bass sensibilities.
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Ear to the Ground: Light Fantastic

May 13, 2014
This San Francisco outfit channels the best of the Byrds and the Paisley Underground with jangly Ricks and deft use of chorus pedals.
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Ear to the Ground: Freeman's "(For a While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like a Man"

May 12, 2014
Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween from Ween) has an eponymous new band whose first track—which was "leaked" by Jack Black—is chock-full of vibey guitar.
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Ear to the Ground: Sharkmuffin's "Quarter Machine"

May 12, 2014
This trio of badass women bashes out trashy rock that's equally inspired by Patti Smith, MC5, and Jack White.
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