Leonard Nevarez

A sociology professor living in upstate New York, Leonard Nevarez is patiently waiting until his kids are old enough for a family roadtrip to Maryland Deathfest. He blogs at musicalurbanism.org and is writing a book about Martha & the Muffins and the late 70s/early 80s downtown Toronto music scene.


Posts by Leonard

CAN – The Singles

I suppose it’s an arguable point, but CAN were probably the greatest of the German kosmiche (a.k.a. “krautrock”) bands. From 1968 through the entire 70s and then a worthwhile reunion in 1989, the quartet pursued an expansive scope of avant-garde improvisation, global groove, acid rock, and European classical music. Each member brought a distinctive style […]

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Agent blå – “Derogatory Embrace”

Man, you couldn’t pay me a million bucks to be a teenager again! (Have you seen “13 Reasons Why”?) But for articulating with unironic commitment the feel of a world falling apart, go straight to the source: Agent blå and their latest single “Derogatory Embrace,” all clanging guitars and passing-trains drums. The members of this […]

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Sleepy Sun – “Seaquest”

Huh, I forgot there were still bands who want to rock like this… and now I realize how much I miss them. Sleepy Sun play sweeping alt-rock that swings for the bleachers with a poetic beating heart. The San Francisco group draws on a lineage that winds through the godhead evocations of Pink Floyd and […]

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Big Thief – Capacity

Barely a year after releasing one of 2016’s best debut albums, Big Thief have a new record that gives us a clearer idea of what this band is up to. Capacity discards many of the group’s more obvious alt-rock gestures, yielding an album simultaneously mellow and feral. On  “Shark Smile,” peals of guitar reverb and […]

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H. Hawkline – “Engineers”

Summer changes everything, doesn’t it? In other seasons, the lackadaisacal indie rock of H. Hawkline could sound a bit daffy, possibly irritating to a body trying to stay warm and get shit done. Then June arrives, the days grow longer, the pressure eases, and now exploring the pointillist arrangement and pleasing bop of his latest […]

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Endless Boogie – “Vibe Killer”

North Americans have a rich tapestry of road-trip music to call their own, including the garden-variety “life is a highway” mixtape; the surprisingly vibrant (thanks to Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn) “sad pothead leaving town at sunrise” genre; and my personal favorite, the “get the hell out of Dodge” soundtrack. Endless Boogie are masters of […]

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Jane Weaver – “Did You See Butterflies?”

Set the controls for the heart of the sun — or, by the sound of it, a chilly flat in gray England — on the latest single from Jane Weaver. We here at Sound It Out have long championed this Liverpudlian’s intoxicating blend of droning space-rock and spooky Brit-folk. “Did You See Butterflies?” steers her […]

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Doug Tuttle – Peace Potato

The revival of 1960s psychedelia has been an enjoyable game in rock music, well, since the 60s ended. What indie rocker Doug Tuttle uniquely brings to this game is revealed by his tape cuts. For example, you’re easing into “Can It Be?” — an inspired, full-bodied restoration of electric folk rock circa 1965 — and […]

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Nightlands – “Lost Moon”

Ay yi yi, these are stressful times! What with cold war déjà vu, climate change jamais vu and Congressional healthcare doodoo freaking us out, we could use the indie soft-rock of Nightlands to help ease us down. On “Lost Moon,” a winsome lap steel summons the mellow multitracked vocals of Nightlands mainman Dave Hartley, whose […]

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Oranssi Pazuzu

To discuss the album reissues of Finnish black metal band Oranssi Pazuzu, I’m joined by Funky Donny Fred, veteran of a thousand psychic wars. LN: As I live and breathe, it’s Funky Donny Fred! Say, is that a new tattoo on your neck? FDF: Yes it is: “I walk the left hand path”. LN: Hmm, […]

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