Elliott Johnston


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  • 10 years ago

    Of the artists on Chicago-based "insurgent country" label Bloodshot Records—an indie that has nurtured modern Americana faves such as Ryan Adams, Neko Case and Split Lip Rayfield—veteran road dog Wayne "the Train" Hancock is probably t...

  • 11 years ago

    The genre title "world music" is a limp, sad stab at unknown sonic terrain. It's just plain bogus that what we generally call pop (stuff made primarily by and for the United States and U.K.) is rigorously sub-classified (i.e. rock, hip-hop, countr...

  • 11 years ago

    Camera Obscura's take on pop music is similar to the one proposed by John Cusack's character in High Fidelity. It's the idea that pop isn't some factory-made crap staining up the charts; it's a canon, mostly built upon '60s rock and soul, upheld b...

  • 11 years ago

    The Toronto-based Holy Fuck transcends its look-we've-got-"fuck"-in-our-name handle by giving instrumental electro-rock a major kick in the arse. Just its genre—experimental electronica—implies either the coming of a pretentious and fo...

  • 11 years ago

    Rock critics are seduced by the tendency to call out an album of the summer—especially during the season's opening bell, when the road ahead is waiting, in need of a tasty soundtrack. But what happens when this summer's best album was releas...

  • 11 years ago

    Japanese collective Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is probably the trippiest band on the planet. The group—an ever-revolving lineup led by ridiculously prolific guitar guru Makoto Kawabata—has all the heroically indul...

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