sloan Archive

Sloan: A Question of Balance

Canadian rock foursome Sloan is unusual in the context of popular music: the band has been together for more than 25 years without a single change in its lineup. Even more remarkably, all four members of the Toronto-based group sing, play multiple instruments and compose songs. And it’s no leap of logic to observe that

Hundred-word Reviews for September 2016, Part 3

Cutting a swath through the pile of CDs in my inbox, here I present five more quick reviews. Maynard Ferguson – Complete High Voltage The 1980s aren’t generally thought of as a fertile period in the jazz idiom. Fusion had had its moment, and what most people though of jazz in the 80s was a

Best of 2014: New Music, Part 2

Yesterday I surveyed four of my favorite albums of new music from this year. There was modern psych/garage; raw Americana; punk; and classic guitar pop aka powerpop. Today I present the second half of my “top eight,” and – perhaps unsurprisingly – these four tread similar territory in musical genre-land. American Professionals – We Make

Album Review: Sloan — Commonwealth

Rock fans who fall into a certain age bracket may recall the buzz around the release of Liz Phair‘s major-label debut, 1993’s Exile in Guyville. As the popular story went, the album was a track-by-track feminist response to The Rolling Stones‘ 1972 double LP Exile on Main Street. Or something like that; on close examination,

Concert Review: Yep Roc 15, Night #2

In some ways, Night #2 of Yep Roc 15 might have been dubbed Night of the Loop. While several of the artists would fall into the singer/songwriter classification, there was extensive (and inventive) use of looping pedals. Perhaps the most well-known early example of the approach is KT Tunstall‘s “White Horse and Cherry Tree” performance