Ray Cummings

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  • 7 years ago | Music News

    What Wavves' Nathan Williams vividly renders on cassette and aluminum isn't the Beach Boys' carefree beachscape, with its bathing beauties, surfboard-wielding Adonises, and pinks-on-the-line drag races. Last year's Wavves (Fuck It Tapes) and new d...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    In terms of originality, there's nothing brave about what these citizens are up to. Sonically, they worship at the un-nuanced, widescreen altars of U2, Angels & Airwaves, and the Killers; vocally, frontman/guitarist Andrew Capra seems to regard Pa...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    There's nothing especially new about douchebag rock. The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, and countless others have shoehorned the subgenre into the larger pop canon. But in the present decade, plenty of indie boys have gotten in touch with their inner a...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Denver's Flobots seem intent on fomenting a populist revolution — or, at least, cashing in on the sugarcoated, romanticized, anything-can-happen idea of one. Perhaps they've struck a chord, thanks in part to appearances on late-night TV talk...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Poor RZA. When the studio overlord produces a Wu-Tang Clan masterwork, it lands on RCA or Universal. Yet this chessboard fiend, martial-arts aficionado, and Quentin Tarantino pal can't seem to garner any respect or sales clout as a rapper; Digi Sn...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Try as you might, there's no knocking Jay-Z's hustle. So what if he's no longer president of Def Jam? So what if he's mostly irrelevant? So what if there are more literate, talented, and entertaining rappers dropping science out there? Unfading sw...

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