Erik E. Martz

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  • 7 years ago | Essays

    Last winter, on a night of music sponsored by the U of M Spark Festival at the Nomad World Pub, a man in a white lab coat gyrated convulsively around a MacBook Pro, pulsating a freakish miasma of European house music while a projection of campy 19...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    Anyone who has followed the exploits of the Followill clan could see it coming. Maybe it was playing stadiums with U2, or the fact that they could pack a field in Glastonbury, England, faster than they could pack a bar in Tennessee. Perhaps it was...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    Plagiarism, or "borrowing" as it's known in popular music, has a sordid relationship with indie tastemakers who have created a culture of negativity around the tradition. Plagiarism still thrives in indie rock, of course, but a band that calls its...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    Stark-naked, bound­ing across highways, running for the hills. The revealing cover for Sigur Ros's latest musical excursion, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust ("With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly"), is both a surpr...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    The sound of French Kicks isn't one that comes easy, precisely because it barely comes at all. Compared with the post-punk thrashing of fellow New York scenesters the Strokes, the Kicks' breathy harmonies and subtle guitars barely register as a wh...


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