Michael D. Ayers


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  • 8 years ago

    In 1861, the United States commissioned John Ericsson—widely considered one of Sweden's greatest engineers—to construct an iron-clad warship eventually christened the USS Monitor. Napoleon had recently rejected a similar concept, but, ...

  • 9 years ago

    Over the last five years, Brooklyn's TV on the Radio has succeeded in making weird sounds relatively accessible, garnering that much-coveted "art-rock" designation. Yet seemingly cognizant of how "played" that distinction may be, the band's third ...

  • 9 years ago

    Smarty-pants Colin Meloy has yet once again topped his prior output, this time bringing his Portland group Decemberists to bear on a 17-song concept album. People will no doubt label this a "rock opera," but Meloy is actually drawing more from the...

  • 9 years ago

    Following recent success with his Zooey Deschanel partnership in She & Him, M. Ward continues his path down the AM Gold aesthetic with Hold Time, his sixth proper record. A hallmark of Ward's sound is a very timeless feel that, production-wise, co...

  • 10 years ago

    Lucinda Williams can get very personal on her recordings, for better or for worse. Last year's West was a melancholy collection about the loss of her mother. It was also a rather downtrodden buzzkill if you weren't in the mood for it. With Little ...

  • 10 years ago

    In both her physical worlds and her musical worlds, Jolie Holland has always been a bit of a drifter. A Houston native who spent a while in the Bay Area, she recently packed up and headed east for Brooklyn and, in the process, tweaked her sound to...


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