It's that blasted rock iconography that gets in the way, screwing up what should be a fresh perspective and an unprejudiced listen. For example: If you've heard about Wisconsin-based trio Rainer Maria, you probably know that Caithlin De Marrais and Kyle Fischer met at a poetry workshop at the University of Wisconsin's Madison branch. You probably also know that Fischer had been playing guitar in a local punk band with drummer William Kuehn, and that the three finally coalesced into Rainer Maria in 1995. And you'll certainly be aware that the band is named after Prague-born poet R.M. Rilke... More >>>
Rainer Maria: From left, William Kuehn, Caithlin De Marrais and Kyle Fischer.