Book Review: Barrett Martin explores “The Singing Earth”

The Singing Earth is Barrett Martin’s love letter to music. There’s an emphasis on drumming, of course; it’s Martin’s primary instrument. But he makes it clear that he’s excited by many other different types of music as well — and he has no hesitation in traveling around the world in his search to discover new sounds.

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Review: Filthy Friends extend you an “Invitation”

Filthy Friends is a mash-up between R.E.M. (Peter Buck) and Sleater-Kinney (Corin Tucker), along with part of R.E.M.’s touring lineup (Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin), and some Fastbacks (Kurt Bloch) on the side, plus a dash of Nirvana (Krist Novoselic). The result is an eclectic release that has the band exploring a number of musical styles with ease; this is a group that likes to mix it up.

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REVIEW: The rambling delights of ‘Finnegans Wake’

The synth-based Science of Deduction have a decided literary bent themselves, with a name taken from Sherlock Holmes’ modus operandi, and songs like “The Modern Prometheus” (inspired by “Frankenstein”), and, of course, “James Joyce is Going Blind.” The synths provide a nice cushion for Cathy Sorbo’s crystal clear voice, as she makes her way through a section of Part 2, Chapter 3; it’s the most rhythmic delivery .

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