Over the past six years songwriter Ian McCarthy has transformed his Conservative Man project from the solo stylings of a music-school dropout to a full-fledged band that radiates warmth, energy and a heavy dose of imagination.
When Shawn Kilroy began playing guitar and writing songs in ninth grade, he was admittedly perplexed. “I couldn’t reconcile my love of the Beatles with my love of Bauhaus,” he says. “They seemed so far apart and so totally different from one another, and I felt like a phony if I admitted I liked both of them as much as I did.”
“I don’t think I really ever paid attention to Black Sabbath, and then I got their first couple albums, and then [percussionist Zack Zweig] gave me all these Hum records and then I saw Tool play,” Wes Schwartz explains.“I went to 10 metal shows in a row.”
The barely year-old quartet Delco Nightingale doesn’t play rough-and-tumble crust punk, but instead travels back to the 1940s, channelling the ghosts of Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and George Gershwin.
Well, I did it. I watched, eagerly, a live musical on NBC last night. Supposedly—and it’s really hard to believe—they put on live, three-hour staging of “The Sound of Music,” and they made Carrie Underwood Maria Rainer and Stephen Moyer (Vampire Bill) Captain Von Trapp. At first, I was intrigued, because—the hell is this? A prime-time [...]