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Failure and Hum keep the 90s torch burning bright at the Electric Factory

Failure | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Failure | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

I don’t wanna be accused of hyperbole here, but the 90’s may have been the greatest decade for music in the history of time (yes,  including the 60’s).  John Vettese is doing a swell job of proving that with his show What’s The Frequency??? #WTFXPN (full disclosure: he’s my editor).  What could be a more wonderful way to celebrate the 90’s than on ‘Frequency’ Friday with a pair of woefully underplayed acts of the 90’s?

Failure began as so many behemoths did, with Steve Albini behind the boards.  Some touring with Tool and they should have been next up roster after Soundgarden.  Twas not to be, and they reached the status of popular bands that never quite broke through the surface (see Far and Quicksand).  Hum was a one hit wonder (if you let the charts tell you what a hit is) and much more expansive than that title implies.  More dynamic and dirty than their contemporaries, with a tendency to drone on a bit, and make the unpolished feel polished. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: LVL UP at Union Transfer, Ortolan at Boot and Saddle, Failure / Hum at Electric Factory, and more

LVL UP | Photo via artist's Facebook
LVL UP | Photo via artist’s Facebook

Purchase, NY’s LVL UP open for Basement with Palehound and Adventures at Union Transfer this evening. The band most recently released EP Three Songs after the success of third full-length Hoodwink’d. Though they have not hit the “mainstream,” LVL UP excel in the quieter spaces of the music world – a must-see live act. Get tickets for the show here. Continue reading →

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HUM reunion tour hits Electric Factory in August

 

HUM | via facebook.com/HUMunofficial
HUM | via facebook.com/HUMunofficial

90’s faves HUM have reunited, and are doing runs up and down the East and West coasts late this summer.

During their main lifespan, the Champaign, Illinois space rock/shoegaze band released four albums, two of which enjoyed mainstream success: You’d Prefer an Astronaut (1995) and Downward is Heavenward (1998). You’d Prefer an Astronaut produced the band’s most successful hit, the single “Stars”. Continue reading →

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Tigers Jaw releases new song, “Hum,” off forthcoming LP

Tigers Jaw has gone through some band drama recently. What was previously reported as a breakup was more recently discovered as the departure of three members of the Pennsylvania punk outfit, but that has not stopped the core duo from performing and releasing new songs in the past few months.

Their newest single, “Hum,” is the first off of their fourth full length album which will be released in early 2014. Recorded with the staying and leaving members of Tigers Jaw at Studio 4, this song is every bit as lazy and groovy as the band ever was. Brianna Collin’s voice sounds wonderful, and it will not be a bad thing if she takes over more of the singing on the next record. With classic Tigers Jaw harmonies, the chorus bulks up as she and Ben Walsh sing “I’m always talkng in circles / I always think until i cant sleep / you are the leaves at my feet / you are the hum of electric heat / I kept myself away / but I’m starting to like the pain.”

The departing members of the bands will be missed, but this single shows that they can progress even through line up changes.