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 [...]

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 [...]

Unplugged: 5 Acoustic Versions That Are Better Than the Originals

Unplugged: 5 Acoustic Versions That Are Better Than the Originals

If you play guitar—and often enough, even if you don't—there's a good chance you have an acoustic lying around somewhere. Simpler and quieter than an electric, acoustic guitars are the most universal incarnation of the world's most popular six-stringed instrument (sorry, violists) and perhaps the laziest commodification of that ubiquity is the never-ending trend of [...]

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 [...]