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.
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood Black Pudding (Ipecac) Sounds like: The nearly 50-year-old Screaming Trees founder teams with a master composer/producer for darkly beautiful and haunting Americana. Free association: His dusty sadness is a perfect match for Garwood’s ambient score. For fans of: Quiet Dinosaur Jr. x Nick Cave, Damien Jurado/Seattle grunge, Waits. Eve Lip Lock (From the Rib/Sony/RED) Sounds like: The Philly native’s [...]