4 Times When Tides of Man Should Be the Soundtrack to Your Life

4 Times When Tides of Man Should Be the Soundtrack to Your Life

When it comes to post-rock soundtracks, the focus is usually on Explosions in the Sky because their music has been featured in several films while Tides of Man is often overlooked because, well, they haven't. But just because Tides of Man hasn't written the soundtrack for a film doesn't mean they can't write the soundtrack [...]

The Entropy of Ben Folds

The Entropy of Ben Folds

In the 22 years since "Brick" made him a recognizable figure in pop music, Ben Folds has explored his art in an awful lot of ways. He's recorded albums with his band, as a solo artist and with William freaking Shatner. After he unexpectedly became an a cappella icon, he hosted a singing competition with [...]

Pop Noir: UPSAHL’s “Stressed” and the Failings of Apple Music

Pop Noir: UPSAHL’s “Stressed” and the Failings of Apple Music

Apple has a long and storied history of copying its competitors (and then pretending that's not what it's doing). Sticking to that business plan, since entering the streaming audio marketplace with Apple Music, the company has made a concentrated effort to mimic what it deems to be the most important aspects of the market leader, Spotify. [...]

The Rescue: Explosions in the Sky’s Most Obscure Album is Also Their Most Interesting

The Rescue: Explosions in the Sky’s Most Obscure Album is Also Their Most Interesting

Like many of my peers, I came to love Texas post-rock quartet Explosions in the Sky through their breakthrough third album, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place. Across that expansive record, whose five tracks combine for a playtime of over 45 minutes, ethereal interludes loop back on themselves, mutating into towering guitar riffs [...]

God and Grief: As Cities Burn’s “Timothy” and Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris

God and Grief: As Cities Burn’s “Timothy” and Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris

"It's not the cold making my legs shake," sings Cody Bonnette at the outset of "Timothy", the final, grueling track from As Cities Burn's sophomore LP, Come Now Sleep. As the song unfolds it becomes clear that what's making the narrator's legs shake is, in fact, grief. Across its nearly 13-minute run time, "Timothy" explores [...]