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 [...]

Rock Band Karaoke: Weezer’s The Teal Album

Rock Band Karaoke: Weezer’s The Teal Album

At the north end of downtown Ann Arbor, sitting on Main Street between a coffee shop and a catering company, there's a German-themed restaurant called Heidelberg. The first floor features a traditional dining room while the basement is a rathskeller where you'll find a bunch of twenty-somethings trying to drink das boot. Above both of [...]

Ocarina of Our Time: The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Ocarina of Our Time: The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

The Nintendo 64 was the first video game system that really and truly impressed me. The flat graphics of the 16-bit generation were, from my adolescent viewpoint, limited but the N64 presented games in three dimensions, changing what video games could be and allowing for a previously inconceivable level of immersion. And while the Sony [...]