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

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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Hurray For The Riff Raff – “Pa’lante”

2017 is barely three months old — too soon for a “best album of the year” status report? Because I’m thinking The Navigator by Hurray For The Riff Raff is the year’s first serious contender. Bandleader Alynda Segarra has steered this New Orleans-based ensemble for over eight years through a wide-ranging folk-rock sound enlivened by […]

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re-staking their claim: Goldfrapp / Laetitia Sadier

Consider the dilemma of the established alternative musician: as fans’ ears for earlier adventures gets recast as “adult-oriented,” the artist can go on pushing boundaries and hope audiences keep up, or she can return to the sounds she’s most identified her with. If the latter, the question then: is this return done in good faith […]

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Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Room 29

Retired Pulp frontman and emeritus nerd heartthrob Jarvis Cocker returns with a new album to seduce adventurous listeners: Room 29, a collaboration with Canadian composer Chilly Gonzales. This concept album opens onto Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, where the rich and famous have long indulged their decadences as both escape from and service to the Hollywood celebrity […]

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Martha and the Muffins – The World Is A Ball

As 80s music transcends the level of nostalgia to undergird so much of today’s pop, electronic, dance, and indie rock music, an intriguing album reissue arrives saturated with the sounds and stylistic shifts of 30 years ago. The World Is A Ball, originally released in 1986, is arguably the “lost” album by Martha and the […]

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