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Father John Misty @ The Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT 06/19/13

I love music- but getting me to attend a show at The Urban Lounge is damn near impossible. The thought of catching an STD by using the restroom and wrangling my way through some dirty hipster’s bike path is enough to keep me away from seeing some great bands. However, when I learned that Father John Misty … Continue reading

Taylor Swift: Feeling 22, Rising and Not There Yet

The first line of the song’s a joke about hipsters and the video’s shot in 4:3, with a filter making it look like an Instagram picture. Taylor Swift is feeling 22 and maybe just a little ambitious. The first time I heard of Swift, a coworker was raving about this artist with a song about … Continue reading

Record Review: Daft Punk – Random Access Memories… Garbage

Isn’t it strange how once we forget to mock something it comes back and starts becoming cool again? A few years back, Journey became trendy again. In Fargo Rock City, mop-haired journalist Chuck Klosterman tried to make hair metal cool again. And now’s the latest and cruelest turn: Daft Punk and disco culture. The latest … Continue reading

Tomorrow’s list today: Anticipating the 2013 Polaris Prize shortlist

The 2013 Polaris Prize is fast approaching and with it, the usual controversies and hyperbole: who made the longlist, who was left off the shortlist and the arguments about over who wins the thing. But here at Bearded G Music, I’ve cut through all the chatter and niceties: it’s nice to make the longlist is … Continue reading

The Vault that Keeps on Giving: Frank Zappa’s Finer Moments

The most interesting thing to me about the Frank Zappa vaults is their seemingly endless supply of material. Most of it’s been concerts taped and stored for later use. Other releases have been snippets and odds and ends of live shows, songs clipped from reels and saved because there was a good solo, a one-time … Continue reading

Gospel: Why The National Is Mine

As I leaned against the sullied toilet bowel, with my brain awash in guilt and my stomach aching to calm itself, the last song off a twelve-track LP completed its final few revolutions on our dorm room’s record player.  I don’t remember much about what acts of debauchery preceded this specific moment in time, but … Continue reading

Local Music Scenes Are Dying

Your local music scene may be a dying art form, and in a few more years could become a completely outdated musical platform.  Blame it on reality TV, social media outlets ,or yourself. Up until about 5 + years ago there was a general sense of anticipation and excitement in checking out a new band … Continue reading

Dirty Projectors / Delicate Steve / Ryan Power – 4/18/2013, Higher Ground, Burlington VT

I’ve been listening to the entire Yo La Tengo discography, and while working through their mid-80s records like Ride the Tiger and New Wave Hot Dogs, I got to thinking about the shift I made in musical tastes during that decade. Right about 1986, my listening inclinations began to change amidst the full onslaught of … Continue reading

Tera Melos / TTNG @ The Garrison TO, ON 04/28/13

Performance art, especially in big cities like Toronto is everywhere; there is a strong chance that if you were placed anywhere in the city randomly, you could find some type of art, music or performance within 5 minutes walking. On April 28th. I strolled down to The Garrison to see a couple of the most … Continue reading

Adopt This Album! – Visions of Grimes

Grimes – Visions (Arbutus Records – 2012) I’ve been thinking a lot about Grimes lately. There’s probably nobody in music I’ve changed my opinion onmore over the last 12 months than her. When she released Visions, I shoved her off to one side as a performance art-heavy kind of performer: maybe you remember the video where she … Continue reading

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