MUSIC


6/17/2013, 4:55pm

Matt on Music: Comeback albums

ith a new My Bloody Valentine album, a new Replacements EP and a new David Bowie album, it became clear early on in 2013 that this was going to be a year full of comebacks.


6/10/2013, 4:26pm

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Matt on Music: The Uncluded *Concert Review*

Comprised of anti-folk singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson and indie rapper Aesop Rock, The Uncluded have been my favorite new band of 2013 since I first heard their album, “Hokey Fright.” So when I heard they were performing in Detroit on June 5, I had to go. While driving to and from the show, I listened to the album a total of three times.


5/21/2013, 5:08pm

Matt on More Music: Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson gained mainstream attention when many of her songs appeared in the 2007 film “Juno.” Still, she had a following in the indie scene years before that.


5/21/2013, 5:03pm

Matt on More Music: Rilo Kiley

When Rilo Kiley announced via Facebook that they were working on a news album, fans became ecstatic (after all, the band had announced their breakup less than two years earlier). As somebody who considers them one of the greatest bands of all time, I was one of those fans. Then, everyone realized it was just a rarities album.


5/13/2013, 7:40pm

Matt on Music: Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend’s second album, “Contra,” opened with “Horchata,” a calypso-influenced ditty that stated, “Winter’s cold is too much to handle.” “Modern Vampires of the City,” the band’s new album, shows them at long last forced to face the cold up close.


5/6/2013, 7:31pm

Matt on Music: "Wussy Duo"

This year, Record Store Day fell on April 20th, which meant that the day meant a lot to more than just one group of people. It was also on this day that Cincinnati band Wussy released their second Record Store Day release, “Duo.”


4/21/2013, 10:28pm

Matt on Music: Brad Paisley

Here is the new format for Matt on Music. Rather than just reviewing one new album, I’ll review several older albums with a connection to a new release and then finish with a review of said new release. This may manifest itself in partial discography reviews, or just a series of reviews of albums in similar genres. (My reviews already feature so much exposition, so I might as well use it to comment on more than one album.)


4/17/2013, 8:03pm

Matt on Music: Eminem

Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady—whatever you want to call him, the man is a genius and one of the most important artists in the history of American popular music (at least before his lame last couple albums). Here is a list of his 15 best songs.


4/14/2013, 8:51pm

Matt on Music: They Might Be Giants' 'Nanobots'

Mainly based around John Flansburgh and John Linnell, alternative rock band They Might Be Giants first formed in 1982. They became popular on college stations and over time became one of the few college rock bands to become a household name along with R.E.M. and The Smiths. Since releasing their debut album in 1986, they’ve never gone more than three years without releasing an LP.


4/14/2013, 8:28pm

String Teachers hosts fundraising concert

Spring is in the air, and Eastern Michigan University’s music students have a lot in store for the campus community. The American String Teachers Association is holding a fundraiser concert in the Alexander Music Building Recital Hall Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. The concert will feature music arranged in the pop and rock style for string instruments.


4/10/2013, 9:36pm

Matt on Music: 15 favorite songs of the '90s

The early ’90s was one of the best times for alternative rock and the late ’90s was one of the best times for pop singles. The ’90s were just an awesome time for music overall, so here are my 15 favorite songs of the decade.


4/10/2013, 9:32pm

Bands play tribute to the ‘Mats

Bastards of young, dope smokin’ morons, girls who play make-up and wear guitar. If any of that describes you or you’d just like to hear a group of bands pay tribute to one of the greatest American rock groups of all time, come to Woodruff’s, located at 36 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti, on Saturday at 9 p.m. for ‘Mats Fest.


4/7/2013, 8:31pm

Matt on Music: Low's 'The Invisible Way'

“Mormons can’t rock. There, I said it,” a friend of mine quipped about Low after I posted my overview of the band on Facebook. In response to that statement, I must bring up the Butler brothers of Arcade Fire and New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane, as well as the fact that Low isn’t a particularly rocking band. Their style is mainly based around minimalism, harmony and beauty; three things that many people, including my friend, love about The xx, and what I love about Yo La Tengo’s “Fade.”


4/3/2013, 11:10pm

Matt on Music: Low

Low is a Duluth-based slowcore band fronted by married couple Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, both practicing Mormons. Although Sparhawk and Parker have been consistent members since the band’s formation in 1993, they’ve changed bassists three times.


4/3/2013, 10:37pm

Guitarist overcomes disability to play well

Guitarist Donald Lajiness, a sophomore at Eastern Michigan University, steps to the front of the Alexander Music Building’s auditorium to a burst of ecstatic applause. He sits down in the proper classical guitar position— foot up, fretboard raised —and begins to strum the opening chord of the mysterious-sounding “Koyunbaba,” a modern piece with Turkish influences composed by Carlo Domeniconi. After a nearly flawless recital, the musician basks in the glow of his fellow music majors’ collective cheering and praise.


3/29/2013, 8:17pm

Ranked by hilarity: Worst album covers

Awful album covers are incredible. For every “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” or “The Velvet Underground & Nico,” there’s a few amateur (or even, sometimes, mainstream) artists whose album cover designs are just absurd. Sometimes, this turns out quite disturbing (every Cannibal Corpse album cover) or just creepy (“Julie’s Sixteenth Birthday”).