Sleigh Bells: July 15, 2010

At the very pinnacle of restless anticipation, strobe lights burst into the anxious eyes of the crowd. A giant swell of violent energy exploded from both the stage and the audience at the same time. Everyone began shoving everyone else as “Tell ‘Em,” the opening song off of Sleigh Bells’ freshman LP Treats, tore through the venue. Read More…

The Impact Chats With… Local Natives!

5/10/2010 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor

Nick Van Huis: I know Gorilla Manor was named after the house you guys lived in. How did the experience of living in that house influence the album?

Ryan:I think it definitely shaped the way that we write songs together.I’ve come to find that we are very weird, in that we are so collaborative.I think a lot of bands are centered around one guy who just writes all of the songs and tells everyone what to do. But we would wake up on Saturday morning or whatever and literally just get together in the main room of the house and just write songs together around a piano and two acoustic guitars and we did a lot of the songs that way just hours and hours on end of everyone just putting in their ideas and shaping the song that way. Read More…

Minus The Bear: April 25th, 2010 at St. Andrew’s Hall


The Detroit area has been buzzing over the past few weeks in high anticipation of indie group Minus the Bear making a stop in town on their current tour. The Seattle based band is in the process of promoting their forth full-length album, Omni, and played at the infamous St. Andrew’s Hall on April 25th, to much enthusiasm from local fans. Read More…

Album Review: Marina and the Diamonds: The Family Jewels

She is (if we must make a comparison) Regina Spektor meets Lady Gaga, maybe a little bit YACHT. Marina Lambrini Diamandis (Marina and the Diamonds) on her first album, The Family Jewels, offers an addicting take of social commentary with poppy hooks and a stunningly bold and orchestral voice. Maybe you’re familiar with tracks like “I Am Not A Robot” and “Hollywood,” but these don’t do the album justice. Because, while these songs give a fair synopsis of what Marina seems to be about (I have a big dream, I’m true to myself), they don’t cut in the way “Oh No” does or explore the enveloping quality of her art as in “Numb.” Read More…

Album Review: The Black Keys: Brothers


A few months back I played one of my favorite songs of the year, “Rockabilly Party” off of the newest Quasi album on Sit or Spin. The song, a Neil Young style guitar rave up, is nothing revelatory or new but it’s a great SIMPLE rock song. Read More…

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