The Fall of Summer Gods: Third Eye Blind’s Screamer and Jimmy Eat World’s Surviving

The Fall of Summer Gods: Third Eye Blind’s Screamer and Jimmy Eat World’s Surviving

The parking lot was filled with tailgaters and not a face in sight was younger than my suddenly youthful 32. This was the scene that greeted my wife and I as we pulled into Freedom Hill on a late June day, drawn to the site by the Summer Gods Tour, a nostalgic goldmine of an [...]

On the Death of the Album Review

On the Death of the Album Review

For reasons that can best be described as “inexplicable,” my parents subscribed to both Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly while I was in high school. Neither periodical was a particularly good fit for my already-well-developed anti-establishmentarian artistic tastes and yet this was a time (for me, at least) before easy internet access and so, with few exceptions, I read [...]

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 [...]

From the Mentions: Lux Courageous’ Reasons That Keep the Ground Near

From the Mentions: Lux Courageous’ Reasons That Keep the Ground Near

Remember liner notes? Before tangible media was sacrificed at the altar of the digital, I used to dig into CD booklets like I'd be tested on the material. (Which, depending on how you feel about nerdily bantering with friends, you could say I was.) One of my favorite aspects of liner notes was finding which [...]

Slow Down: James Gleick’s Faster and Dead Swords’ Enders

Slow Down: James Gleick’s Faster and Dead Swords’ Enders

Before I even arrived on campus for my freshman year, I had a homework assignment. A copy of James Gleick's Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything had been sent to every incoming freshman at my college and we had been instructed to read it prior to orientation. At the time, this really pissed me [...]