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

La Femme – Amour Dans Le Motu

I’m dating myself by confessing this, but some of us are still very affected by the vibe carved out on the B-52s’ first two albums: that cool, danceable fusion of sinister beach-guitar twang, kitschy retro styles, and sassy girls-and-guys vocals delivered in deadpan. French group La Femme keep this spirit alive, albeit with some necessary […]

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – “Cellophane”

The Chocolate Watchband. Blue Öyster Cult. Meat Puppets. The Jesus Lizard. Many bands could never live down such an absurd, goofy juxtaposition of words; only some can live up to the aesthetic challenge posed by their names.  Australian psych rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard now join this select group. Their new video, the […]

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Daniel Lanois – “Opera”

Go ahead, ask the question: “Has Daniel Lanois made a live EDM album?” The answer is no — or at least, his new Flesh and Machine isn’t that album. It marks the storied music producer’s return to the instrumental ambient projects he undertook in the 1980s under Brian Eno’s tutelage, now informed by state-of-the-art sampling […]

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Basilica Soundscape 2014

Now in its third year, Basilica Soundscape is one of the most exciting small-scale music and art festivals going. The event, sold out in advance for the first time, took place on September 12-13 at the Basilica Hudson in Hudson, a small, down-on-its-knees city in upstate New York that’s become a remote hotspot for the […]

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Music Go Music – “Impressions”

As their comically generic name suggests, the Los Angeles trio Music Go Music offers a mystery shrouded in the banalities of everyday life. Their press release spins a great yarn, explaining that since we last saw them in 2010, members Gala Bell, Torg, and Kamer Maza have been busy working on film, TV and theater […]

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