Music Review: The Avett Brothers deliver fine folk on ‘Magpie and the Dandelion’
By Associated Press, Magpie and the Dandelion, The Avett Brothers (American) The evolving definition of folk music currently carries a little bit of rock, a little bit of reverb and a few other nontraditional flavors thrown in the stew. Its all being well received and The Avett Brothers new album Magpie and the Dandelion should be no exception. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Songs like Open Ended Life and Skin and Bones present a folk version of rocks wall-of-sound approach. Instead of a nuanced give and take between banjo and guitar and drums, we get them all at once, side by side, vying for attention. With proper mixing it works on these hardened-heart love songs. Things work up to a glorious crescendo on several tracks, going from simmer to boil on Another is Waiting. Though its worth noting that the sizzle on Magpie is mostly thanks to strong instrumentals. The group lacks a strong lead vocalist. Both Scott and Seth Avett can sing, but not convincingly enough to mesmerize the listener because of it. All in all, this is pleasant listening and the songs stick in the head. The North Carolina trio is a tight band eight albums into their career, and the folk renaissance has ushered in a new and deserving appreciation for their lilting nu-folk. ___ Follow Ron Harris: http://www.twitter.com/Journorati Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Soundodger+ Review: A much different—much better—way to play your music
What really separates Rdio from the competition is its social backbone. You can follow friends, strangers, musicians, businesses, etc. and get a sense of what they’re listening to. Rdio will also recommend songs and artists for you to check out based on your friends’ interests. That may not seem like a big deal, but when you’re not quite sure what to listen to, this feature is one of the best in helping you figure it out. Another standout Rdio feature is the ability to build an online library full of “your” tracks. With rival services, having your favorite music in front of you means scrolling through hundreds of playlists in the sidebar of the app. It’s less than ideal. Rdio instead presents your collection as a highly visual array of album thumbnails that can be sorted in a variety of manners. But functionality aside, Rdio is just laid out and presented across all platforms (desktop, phone and Web) in manner that’s visually cleaner and easier to process than its competitors. You’re immediately welcomed by those friend-generated recommendations.
Your favorite beats can form a thing of beauty… Then its gone. All the pieces move away again, crashing into the walls and disappearing. Youre left with a brief afterimageone that fades quickly, with the music sending ever more obstacles at you. The patterns, thoughthe way it all comes together in an instantI understand now what people see in dance. …that evaporates in a heartbeat. Playing Soundodger+ is great. Its a solid, though relatively simple, game.But its the music that elevates Soundodger+. The game reveals the grace of each track. First breath after coma Soundodger was originally a free web game (you can still play it here ). The paid version, which costs $8 on Steam , comes with eleven new levels/tracks and some handy custom-level features. Due to popular request, the developer included an auto-gen feature: plug in any of your own music and the game will calculate out a level to go with it. Unfortunately, this feature removes much of the magic of Soundodger+. The levels it creates are often artless, failing to spawn enemies on the most obvious beats and instead vomiting them out almost at random. The Soundodger+ level editor is remarkably robust.