The sons of a Baptist preacher in Detroit evolve classic rock into groundbreaking kickass punk in the documentary A Band Called Death.

ARTS Pick: A Band Called Death

Three years before the Ramones launched their iconic schtick, a trio of brothers started the first American proto-punk band in Detroit. They wrote short, fast songs with driving rhythms and lyrics about politics, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and of course, existential crises. Their pure originality and aggressiveness made them a hard sell commercially in the […]

Album reviews: The Wood and the Wild, Dinah Thorpe, The Dirty Guv’nahs

Album reviews: The Wood and the Wild, Dinah Thorpe, The Dirty Guv’nahs

The Wood and the Wild The Wood and the Wild/self-released Singer-songwriter Jon Perry is spot-on when he refers to this debut recording as “supernatural cinematic folk.” Part concept record, part proverbial soundtrack to your life, the album manages to amble along with a sense of purpose. The opening track, “Loveless Traveler/Belles on the Tye,” encapsulates […]

A breathy vocal style, ambiguous lyrics, and sophisticated melodies are hallmarks of The Zombies’ sound.

ARTS Pick: The Zombies

As part of the first wave British invasion, The Zombies found American pop success in the darkly melodic “She’s Not There,” and disbanded in 1968, moments before “Time of the Season” topped the charts. After pursuing rewarding solo careers, the founding members have recently regrouped and made a new album Breathe Out, Breathe In, which […]