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06.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I haven't followed Adam Franklin's many, many post-Swervedriver projects very closely, and the guitarist's gorgeous performance Tuesday night at Shank Hall with The Church made the case that I've probably been missing out. There was nary an uptempo song in his set, which made this downtrodden song, "Ramonesland," a fitting finale:   ...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
For all the reverence it pays its elders, rock music remains a young person's genre, with its brightest talent often peaking early then floundering, struggling to live up to past heights. It's a harsh reality of which Steve Kilbey, the middle-aged frontman for the veteran band The Church, is all too aware. "If I was an artist, at age 54 you'd expect me to be right at the top of my game, painting passionately and with mastered...
05.12.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
That The Church still have great albums in them isn't a surprise; they've already proven themselves one of the few bands unblemished by age. Each year the veteran rock band gets older, grayer, farther removed from their '80s stardom and ostensibly more out of touch with contemporary music, yet their output remains as vital as ever. But even coming on the heels of so many proud late period releases...
02.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Longtime Church singer Steve Kilbey's latest solo album is overlong, overindulgent and overreaching, and I love it for that. It's hard to fault an album so endearingly ambitious. Painkiller doesn't quite have the budget or the hipness to pull off everything it attempts—some of Kilbey's electronic flourishes, for instance, are rigid and dated—but what it does have going for it is Kilbey's pinin...
05.13.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Talk about persistence. Throughout the course of their 27-year career, The Church have been kicked around, shat on and outright ignored, neglected by both the sales charts and the music press alike. Even their lone Top 40 single��Under the Milky Way��turned out to be more a curse than a blessing, ammunition lazy music writers could use to dismiss them as one hit wonders. Undeterred, however,...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

With his longtime band The Church, Marty Willson-Piper recorded a stack of classic albums and one bona fide hit, 1988’s “Under the Milky Way,” an evocative ’80s classic later used to striking effect in the film Donnie Darko. Ever prolific, Willson-Piper is constantly juggling side projects and a solo career. Tonight he plays . . .
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Marty Willson-Piper takes a hands-on approach to his career these days. He keeps watch over the business dealings of his longtime band, The Church, and micromanages every aspect of his solo career and many side projects. He spends as much time behind the merch table as he can, and for the current tour behind his new album, Nightjar, he’s selling homemade EPs he burned to CD-R himself. He even designed the artwork. Of course, he honed his business acumen the hard way. “Ohhh,” he moans when considering what his life would be like had he been as involved behind the scenes during The Church’s early years. “I’d be dining at the Ritz right now!

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