San Diego CityBeat - Music feature http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/articles.sec-115-1-music-feature.html <![CDATA[Restorations infuse punk rock with earnestness - Philadelphia band evokes arena-rock ambition]]> One of the most heroic rock songs of 2014 wasn’t written by Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen. And you won’t likely be hearing a Coachella headliner cover it anytime soon. It’s “Separate Songs,” the second track on LP3, the literally titled third album by Philadelphia’s Restorations.]]> <![CDATA[The introspective epics of Yob - Oregon trio play massive doom metal with a human touch]]> For many people, Mike Scheidt is Yob. Gentle and hirsute, he’s the face and the versatile voice of the Oregon doom-metal trio.]]> <![CDATA[Falling in love, with Lucinda Williams - Veteran songwriter enjoys resurgence of creativity]]> Lucinda Williams’ 2007 album, West, was a revelation. Mining the impossible emotions of losing a parent, and guided by her new relationship with Overby, Williams wrote enough material for two albums.]]> <![CDATA[Juicy J’s secrets to success - A step-by-step guide to achieving fame and fortune from the godfather of trap]]> I recently spoke with Juicy J over the phone, and he imparted some hard-earned lessons that are certain to help us all find success in this fast-changing world.]]> <![CDATA[Pharmakon captures the sound of real horror - Margaret Chardiet transforms trauma into industrial epics]]> Pharmakon doesn’t make music for the faint of heart. It’s discordant, punishing stuff, built from mangled structures and distorted melodies.]]> <![CDATA[You Blew It! rise up from the basement - Florida indie-rock group rides the emo-revival crest]]> You Blew It! started as a side project in 2009, and the band’s gone through a lot in the six years since—including something like 12 lineup changes, Jones says.]]> <![CDATA[The pernicious visions of Cult of Youth - New York group showcases an accessible darkness]]> In early 2014, when Sean Ragon was writing the songs that would become Final Days, New York post-punk group Cult of Youth’s fourth album, he was struck by an eerie and overwhelming feeling—a feeling that everything in his life was about to go suddenly, horribly wrong.]]> <![CDATA[Russian Circles practice heavy diplomacy - Chicago group celebrates 10 years of burly bummers]]> Chicago post-metal trio Russian Circles don’t so much write songs as build them, piece by piece.]]> <![CDATA[Eric Church is an alternative to bro-country - His new album ‘The Outsiders’ is more rock, less schlock]]>

Eric Church certainly has room for growth ahead of him, he’s already left a heavy impact by offering an ambitious alternative to mainstream country.

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<![CDATA[The best albums of 2014 - Eight CityBeat writers pick their albums of the year]]> Punk rock has always supposedly been the voice of the maligned, yet it’s always generally catered to the straight, white, aggro male. Transgender Dysphoria Blues—the first record Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace wrote since transitioning to a woman—truly delivers on the potential of punk rock’s promise.]]> <![CDATA[The persistent pulse of Cumbia Machin - Joaquin Hernandez trades drumsticks for samplers]]> Joaquin Hernandez has spent most of his adult life behind a drum set. As a teenager, he started playing in punk group Chicken Farm and opened for bands like The Dead Milkmen and Green Day. ]]> <![CDATA[Idyll Wild builds a rich sonic world - Quintet takes time to get their sound right]]> When the members of Idyll Wild close the door to their cozy Ocean Beach studio and rehearsal space, the outside world disappears. ]]> <![CDATA[Johnny Marr hits his solo stride - Former Smiths guitarist moves beyond his storied past]]>

Johnny Marr has new goals. You’d think the guitarist for The Smiths would be content more than 30 years into his storied career. He’s not.

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<![CDATA[The sun-baked sound of Allah-Las - L.A. psych-rockers navigate the eternal summer]]> A band like Allah-Las couldn’t come from Brooklyn. They couldn’t be from Austin or Portland or any other hipster-band enclave across the country. They’re just too California.]]> <![CDATA[Pallbearer transcend through doom - Arkansas metal band thinks outside the riff]]>

 Pallbearer, a metal quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas, have sadness and loss encoded in their name.

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<![CDATA[Alvvays keep jangle-pop alive - Toronto quintet stay true to DIY and C86]]> In the summer of 2013, Canadian indie rockers Alvvays (pronounced “always”) were rounding out two years of living in Toronto after relocating from Nova Scotia and had slowly amassed an album’s worth of studio recordings. ]]> <![CDATA[United Nations are an intense art-punk committee - Hardcore group blends satire with a furious sound]]> Even though Geoff Rickly is the only constant in United Nations, he concedes that even he’s not essential to the survival of the band.]]> <![CDATA[Rhye are masters of sensual balladry - Los Angeles duo crafts emotion-soaked love songs]]> “I don’t hear this woman in me that everyone hears.” Michael Milosh, half of the indie electro / R&B duo Rhye, doesn’t understand the worldwide fascination with his voice. It is, admittedly, a curious instrument.]]> <![CDATA[10 terrifying songs for Halloween - An extra-scary phantom playlist]]>

 If you go to a Halloween party this year, you’ll almost certainly hear some combination of “Thriller,” “Monster Mash” and, at the cooler parties, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” That’s all fine and good, but in order to tap into the menacing potential of All Hallow’s Eve, why not take a scary music playlist to its illogically traumatizing extreme?

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<![CDATA[Hall and Oates are a guilt-free pleasure - There’s no shame in this duo’s game]]>

Pick and choose certain moments from throughout Hall and Oates’ career, and you’ll come away with a pretty ridiculous picture. But whether you choose to ignore this or embrace it, it doesn’t overcome one important fact: As songwriters, Hall and Oates have a résumé that’s hard to argue with.

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