EMOK – Shove Your Head into the Ground and Feed It to the Earth

In the unwritten gospel according to John Q. Music Critic, certain phrases are right out. To utter them in the context of a CD review will often result in immediate implosion or banishment to some far-reaching, backwoods red state. These phrases include “totally bitchin’”, “hella cool”, “loud drums, heavy guitar” and “it’s not as punk […]

Les Pillitteri – Les Pillitteri

Les Pillitteri’s press release compares him to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Tom Waits. He reminds me more of Bon Jovi or Bryan Adams. This local Colorado singer-songwriter has performed at Herman’s Hideaway, among other venues. His five-song demo CD opens with a Bon Jovi-esque rock number, “Cowboy Buddhist,” with the Zen-repetitive chorus “What should […]

Gram Rabbit: Down the Rabbit Hole

The same night that I interviewed Jesika von Rabbit from Gram Rabbit about the cosmic forces of the universe and the desert’s spirit, I caught a commercial about a tribute to Gram Rabbit’s namesake and semi-spiritual forefather, Gram Parsons. This is just more evidence of the cosmic forces working in favor of this Joshua Tree, […]

Various Artists – Sounds Eclectic 3 – Palm Pictures, LLC

The Sounds Eclectic

What self-respecting, hipster indie kid wouldn’t love the latest iteration in the Sounds Eclectic series? Packed with a bevy of mostly live, in-studio cuts from a variety of acts like The Polyphonic Spree, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead and Interpol, Sounds Eclectic 3 carries on the tradition of compiling the favorite performances on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes […]