The era of what’s come to be known as “brit-pop” might be nothing more than a bygone period reduced to memory, but drummer Dave Rowntree’s creativity and innovation are anything but.
With the release of 1987’s Come On Pilgrim, Boston-bred indie powerhouse Pixies shook the world in ways once thought impossible.
No matter the medium or modicum, the duo of Robby Takac and John Rzeznik are unapologetically themselves.
“I never go far without a little big star,” Paul Westerberg declares in The Replacement’s ode to the genius of the leader of the band Big Star, Alex Chilton.
Physical Thrills is an album that displays Silversun Pickups’ traditional musical tropes and trademarks that have already been established but delivered in a mature style that further refines their sound.
Among the most unique and edgy acts of the 90s was Filter, a band led by the ever-defiant frontman, Richard Patrick. Patrick’s unique penchant for off-kilter instrumentation, witty lyrism, and bold swells of grandeur via song defined the latter part of the decade into the 2000s
Resistant to authority, and nomadic in nature, Stinson never seemed to stay in one place for very long. Among the many outfits he left an imprint on, The Replacements aside, The Bleeding Hearts may well have been his finest hour.
I think for me, this currently is my second favorite release from Sharon Van Etten behind Are We There. It could possibly rise up and take the top spot. I like it much more than Remind Me Tomorrow, but now I can see how vital that record and her transformation on it were so that she could get to this point, and deliver this very open, raw piece of work.
All in all, the 2022 version of the Taiwan Beats Showcase has proved to be integral to the region’s growth and continues to demonstrate Taiwan’s importance to the overarching independent and alternative scenes. I am of the opinion that the showcase will continue to serve as a proving ground for young and old artists alike, as they gain greater exposure and subsequent entry into the western zeitgeist.