Starbenders: Big in Japan

Starbenders seem more like a modeling agency than a band, but their polished alt-rock and candy-pop songs have found a fanbase in Japan, so much so that the Atlanta quartet’s recent videos are geared specifically for the Japanese market, and they’re undertaking their second headlining tour of the country beginning April 25. So it shouldn’t… Continue reading Starbenders: Big in Japan

A Star Is Born

Everyone seems to bitch, moan, gripe incessantly about how Hollywood is so out-of-touch, out of ideas, is just so unoriginal. Folks complain about how they just can’t stand for another prequel, sequel, reboot, or remake, yada, yada, yada, but then comes the new A Star Is Born, directed by Bradley Cooper, and starring Cooper and… Continue reading A Star Is Born

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

The Son Shines: Sooner or Later, You’ll Love Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real With a father that transcends country music superstardom, it’s tempting to hitch Lukas Nelson’s growing legacy to nothing but Willie’s. His father’s celebration of kinfolks with his Family Band triggers these comparisons for longtime fans of the Nelsons. As established… Continue reading Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

A Place to Bury Strangers

Minimum-Maximum: Going Deaf by Audio with A Place to Bury Strangers To this day, the loudest concert I’ve ever experienced was My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr at the Masquerade in February 1992. It was the sort of overwhelming, unrelenting volume that felt like it was rearranging my inner organs into a new configuration. You… Continue reading A Place to Bury Strangers