A defining contributor to the indie-rock sound of California's Central Valley, Earlimart has expanded into an ambitious and accomplished band. Having retained the experimental edge and DIY approach of its earlier recordings, Earlimart still peppers its songs with layers of distortion, strings, and keyboards, but with more finesse and complexity.
Gordon Lee Weaver proves that even a home-recording artist can reach the same epic heights as some of rock's most adventurous artists. With a flare for theatrical '70s hard rock, his song "Point of View" builds into a flurry of guitar wails but not before dancing through some challenging, lofty prog that would make Queen proud.
The glacial gloom of contemporary Canadian post-rock, the arty noiseology of the Pixies, the shrill, tenuous revelations of Modest Mouse--all are channeled in this Alberta indie rocker's weary marchers. And if things can get a bit sludgy, or loose around the fringe, consider how far Chad and Co. have come from their start playing "improvised stoner rock."
Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of the band Third Eye Blind, digital music fan, and former beau of Charlize Theron, wants to clear up a few things. He wants people to know that contrary to what some have been saying about him, he doesn't hate the album format.
On Monday, Jenkins gave the keynote address at the SanFran MusicTech Summit. He said he was in favor of releasing singles and suggested that this would help avoid "album filler," the term used to describe the placing of so-so tracks on albums in order to meet the required number of … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of alternative band Third Eye Blind, is the latest person to agree that the album format is better off dead.
Jenkins, whose band is known for such hits as "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper" and "How's it Going to Be," gave the keynote address at the SanFran MusicTech Summit on Monday.
"I don't think it's necessary or useful," Jenkins told several hundred conference attendees. "The album is an arbitrary concept. It's not something that has to exist."
It's important to note that … Read more