a degree of audacity inherent in fronting a band. To write songs, present them
to the world and perform them in front of crowds requires real confidence. The
Midwestern Charm’s Connor La Mue doesn’t have that. By his own account, he’s
insecure and self-effacing, the last person
Music writers come with a lot of biases, some of them obvious and others less so, but here's one of the most fundamental ones: We're more likely to cover bands with built-in angles. Artists that have singular sounds or unusual back stories tend to get the most coverage from blogs, newspapers and magazines in part because they're simply easier to write about. As biases go, this isn't the worst one ...
Absolutely's glorious 2011 debut Learns to Love Mistakes was the work of a band unsettled. Cycling through punk, math-rock, grunge, emo and post-hardcore rapidly, like a ball shooting across a roulette table with no indication of which color it might land on, it was the type of record that a band can only make once, while their sound is still malleable and their direction unknown. That's a bummer,...
In a lot of ways, Milwaukee's Absolutely stand out
from of their peers. They don’t use synthesizers or offer folk balladry or
Miramar-ready mosh breakdowns. Yet for the last five years, the trio has
continued to be a solid live act, playing all ages DIY venues and clubs city
Here's a worthwhile show at risk of slipping through the cracks: Ice Balloons will play the Cactus Club next Monday, May 12. Between the band's scarce name recognition and the Monday night booking, that seems like a recipe for low attendance, but the show should be of interest to TV on the Radio fans, since Ice Balloons is the latest project from TV on the Radio singer Kyp Malone, who uses the pro...