Pixies’ Second Chance Bash
Evolving band hits open road
Wherein Mark Lopez gabs about aural history, science magic and, yes, Kim Deal with Pixies drummer Dave Lovering.
Guided by Voices Motivational Jumpsuit · Chicano Batman Cycles of Existential Rhyme · The Unsemble The Unsemble
This week we listened to new releases from Guided by Voices, Chicano Batman and The Unsemble. Now with A/V previews!
Courtesy of the Artist
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. …