This is Neat

Last Sunday I hosted a phone interview with Neat—a lo-fi, punk band from Southern Louisiana. Neat’s unrelenting fuzzy sound and rich guitar harmonies bring us back to a time when bands like Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, and Sonic Youth were redefining rock music back in the early ‘90s. However, don’t let the fuzz and feedback fool you, because underneath the grungy soundscape are some really catchy and creative melodies. The affable and easy-going nature of the members in Neat is reflected in the lyricism of the songs, which you can check out in their music video for “I Don’t Want to Be Your Dad” . Be sure to listen to the interview below for an in-depth conversation on song-writing, future touring plans, and Tony Hawk Pro-Skater 4.

Death Grips Release “Final” Album

After months of anticipation, Death Grips’ second half of their final two-part album, The Powers that B, is finally available to the public. Entitled Jenny Death, this album was uploaded to YouTube months after the first half of the album, N***** on the Moon, was released for free (reviewed here by WRVU DJ Brett Tregoning). After their break-up announcement via napkin last summer, fans have been on edge to listen to what could potentially be the final installment in their discography. As always with the painstakingly unpredictable group, things have not always been very transparent with the band. However, the band always delivers on their album promises, and this time the wait was worth it.

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Sharks’ Teeth Bring Their Synths to WRVU

On Thursday, March 12th I had the pleasure of hosting Sharks’ Teeth— a synth-loving band hailing from New Orleans. The group played several songs over the course of the hour, and we were also able to discuss time, light-powered pedals, and the meaning of Christmas….in space. Check out the full in-studio performance below, and to hear more Sharks’ Teeth visit https://sharksteeth.bandcamp.com.

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Modest Mouse Returns with the Satisfying Strangers to Ourselves

In the first seven years of the new millennium, Modest Mouse released their most critically acclaimed album The Moon and Antarctica (2000), their most popular song “Float On” (2004), and an album that reached #1 on the Billboard 200, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007). In the seven years since that impressive run, the band has been relatively silent, with only sporadic festival appearances, a b-side EP, and promises of collaborations with Outkast’s Big Boi to remind us Modest Mouse was still a thing. After years of tantalizing rumors and false alarms, Modest Mouse is back for real with Strangers to Ourselves.

Cover art for upcoming Modest Mouse album
Strangers to Ourselves is Modest Mouse’s first album in eight years.

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