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posted: February 26, 2014

English Oceans

ATO LP, CD

In his excellent new book I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway, veteran critic Greg Kot discusses the harmonic blend of styles that distinguished the late 1960s/early 1970s era Muscle Shoals sound from every other locale in America. Read More


posted: February 13, 2009

Your Vegas

While there are many bands today that evoke a sort of ’80s retro sound (The Killers, Muse, Hot Hot Heat), most of their influences come from the pantheon of Goth Rock, most notably The Cure, Bauhaus and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Your Vegas might be the first modern band I’ve heard that reminds me of the music I was actually listening to through college, so-called “Big Music” from the likes of The Waterboys, Wire, Simple Minds, Big Country and early (I’m talking October) U2. Read More


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