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Topic: The Mountain Goats

U.S. Royalty — Mirrors

Vital folk celebrating the Midwest


Folk

Stephen Carradini
One of the best love letters I’ve ever heard to the beauty of the Midwest is Rich Mullins’ “Calling Out Your Name” (who, despite being a solidly Christian artist, counts indie mainstay The Mountain Goats among his many fans). Quickly climbing the list is “Equestrian” by U.S. Royalty, off their new album, “Mirrors.”
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Caribbean — Discontinued Perfume

Bizarre, experimental, sort-of indie-pop for adults


Indie

Stephen Carradini
Any album that starts off with a song called “Thank You for Talking to Me About Israel” is not going to be your average disc.
 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Mountain Goats — All Eternals Deck

Great songs that aren't cohesive at all


Indie

Stephen Carradini

It’s hard to be on the other side of a masterpiece.

 
Monday, March 21, 2011
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NMF: Head Cabinets

A real-deal, do-not-miss indie-pop band.

Heading back west across Main, I and two friends headed to The Brewhouse to catch Head Cabinets. Having heard nothing about them at all, I was immediately glad that we stopped in. The married duo features a guy on guitar and a girl on cello, with vocals from both. The duo’s acoustic-based songs are similar to old-school Mountain Goats, if John Darnielle and Rachel Ware had the effervescent pop charm of Mates of State and the enthusiasm of Matt and Kim. The considerable rough edges of the guy’s vocals and guitar playing were rounded off by the cello and sweet female vocals, creating an endearing sound that’s hard to dislike.

One of my friends also noted how good their music sounded in The Brewhouse, which was a tribute to the soundman as well as a good band/venue pairing by whoever does that sort of thing for NMF. The cello was a bit quiet occasionally, but that’s the only complaint.

Amidst the clapping, tambourine shaking, singing and smiling, it was easy to miss the lyrics, which were about all sorts of great things: vampires, zombies, religious topics and more. Even though there are only two members, this band is the full package. Head Cabinets is a real-deal, do-not-miss band.

Look forward to more coverage of Thursday (including a triumphant set from The Neighborhood), Friday and Saturday’s NMF events on Monday.   

by Stephen Carradini 04.29.2011 3 years ago
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