From rockabilly to “disco-core” to performance art to guitar and vox-centric classical to noise-punk, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V previews.
A bleak Xmas mixtape
Old blues, fire-and-brimstone, spoken word and calypso work as a powerful antidote to seasonal muzak and related depression.
Destroyer Five Spanish Songs · 7 Days of Funk 7 Days of Funk · Various Artists There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971
This week we listened to new releases from Destroyer, 7 Days of Funk and Lee Hazlewood and friends. Now with A/V previews.
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The English Beat • ska
Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …