El Ten Eleven – Central Nervous Piston

Los Angeles duo El Ten Eleven could easily be classified as a wunderkind. Using all sorts of effects, loops, electronic drum kits, and harmonics, you’ll be amazed at the sounds these two rockers can come up with. Formed in 2002, they’ve put out five album, each a little different than the last. The guitarist plays a handmade, double-neck guitar (one of which is a bass, the other being a standard guitar); it’s incredible to watch him tap bass notes and guitar notes at the same time. The instrumental mathy post-rock they put out is nothing like any other music out there. With creative riffs, layering upon layering of loops, and time-centered beats, El Ten Eleven is probably the most creative band you’ve heard in a while. Check out “Central Nervous Piston” off their 2005 self-titled album below. Read More…

Torch and Twang 2/26/13

Tonight on Torch & Twang, we celebrate the Man in Black’s 81st birthday with a special tribute. We’ve also got tons of a great new music from Son Volt, Enter the Haggis, Gurf Morlix, Michigan’s own Small Houses and more!

Tonight’s playlist:

Link Wray- Rawhide- T&T Intro
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Wayne Hancock- Ride- Ride

Ha Ha Tonka- Usual Suspects- Death of a Decade

Bennett- Days Are Running- A Brand New Start

Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer- Geordie (Child 209)- Child Ballads Read More…

The Basement – 2/28/13

Big thanks to Reconnect and Kyle Brown for coming in and hanging out tonight.

Be sure to tune in next week when we have Simien the Whale in the studio

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

Exposure 2/26/13

Tonight on Exposure, Mike Brand and Bert Goldstein from the MSUFCU Institue for Arts & Creativity talk about new initiatives and upcoming performances at the Wharton Center. Director of the MSU’s RISE program Professor Lori Throp and MSU student Liz Brajevich chat about the worm project. Assistant Professor Ryan Clayton talks about MSU’s Comics Forum. And lastly, we hear from Peter Nelson Quartet, a jazz band with roots in Lansing. Read More…

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The Republic of Wolves – Oarsman

Long Island’s The Republic of Wolves seem to be one of those bands that gets a lot of media buzz, but just can’t seem to garner the attention of fans. With a heavy, downtrodden rock sound, these guys often get compared to Devil and God-era Brand New, and with good reason. The two bands may sound like brothers separated at birth, but The Republic of Wolves brings with them a sense of grace that Brand New seems to lack (no offense hardcore fans). With only two EPs and one full-length, The Republic of Wolves are sure to be doing great things in music. Check out “Oarsman” off their debut LP Varuna below. Read More…

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