October 2020

 

Album Review

Dot Hacker-feat

Ear to the Ground: Dot Hacker's “Elevator”

June 12, 2014
The new single from the side project of Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer has more in common with moody glam icons like Suede than SoCal punk-funk.
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Demon Eye-feat

Ear to the Ground: Demon Eye’s “Shades of Black”

June 12, 2014
What sets this quartet apart from most North Carolina Thin Lizzy devotees is their penchant for pushing airtight harmonies through gargantuan stacks of doomy fuzz.
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Fresh & Onlys-feat

Ear to the Ground: The Fresh & Onlys' “Who Let the Devil”

June 11, 2014
A heady song steeped in the ghosts of the Arizona desert.
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Alvin Bros-feat

Ear to the Ground: Dave & Phil Alvin’s “All By Myself”

June 11, 2014
The Blasters founders put aside their differences to record their first album together in 30 years—an album that muses on the music of blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
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Rich Robinson-feat

Ear to the Ground: Rich Robinson’s “One Road Hill”

June 10, 2014
The first single from the Black Crowe’s new solo album was haphazardly written while messing around on his son’s beat-up Baby Taylor.
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Pete Molinari-feat

Ear to the Ground: Pete Molinari’s “Hang My Head in Shame”

June 9, 2014
One listen will show why Molinari’s influences—Ray Davies, Springsteen, and Dylan—are already championing his music.
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DeathValleyGirls-feat

Ear to the Ground: Death Valley Girls’ “No Reason”

June 4, 2014
Imagine Bikini Kill-era Kathleen Hanna fronting Davie Allan and the Arrows’ scores for vintage biker movies and you’re halfway there.
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Salem's Pot-feat

Ear to the Ground: Salem’s Pot’s “Creep Purple”

June 4, 2014
While plenty of metal bands emulate occult acts of yesteryear, Swedish quartet Salem’s Pot puts an epic, elongated twist on an obscure formula.
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David Kilgour-feat

Ear to the Ground: David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights’ “Comin’ On”

June 3, 2014
The founder of seminal indie-rock band the Clean returns with a new single that’s both dreamy and full of energy.
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Ace Frehley-feat

Ear to the Ground: Ace Frehley’s “Gimme a Feelin’”

June 2, 2014
The founding Kiss guitarist leaks a hard-rocking single from his sixth solo album. Close your eyes and smell the gunpowder!
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Jack White-feat

Ear to the Ground: Jack White's "High Ball Stepper"

June 2, 2014
On the instrumental second track from Lazaretto, White lets his sinister 6-string do the singing.
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Radio Moscow-feat

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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MotherHips-feat

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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ASG-feat

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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Brian Reitzell-feat

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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BJM-feat

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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CometControl-feat

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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Braid-feat

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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Jess Williamson-feat

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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Planes of Satori-feat

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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