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Odd Band Out: Mondo Drag, February 20 at the River Music Experience
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-02-17 12:29:07

Mondo Drag

When Mondo Drag drummer/singer Johnnie Cluney says that "we're kind of bringing in more of a pop element" to the band's new songs, take that with a giant rock of salt.

The Quad Cities-based band released its full-length debut, New Rituals, on the Alive Naturalsounds Records label last month, and it's a hazy, sludgy affair - bluesy psychedelia borrowing heavily from the 1960s and recalling the contemporary sounds of Dead Meadow.

Yet there are indeed hints of accessible melody in the massive riffs and thick keyboards. "Love Me" hides on its downslope a compelling ascending chorus with heavy vocal emphasis on the downbeat. Calling it poppy is a stretch, but it opens the door to the remainder of the song. "True Visions" has a similar late revelation, with moaning layers of keyboards and guitars as its extended coda.

The quintet - celebrating the release of New Rituals on Saturday at the River Music Experience's Performance Hall - has begun to build a national profile. The band had its Daytrotter.com session released last week, and even though that Web site is based in the Quad Cities, it certainly doesn't play favorites with hometown bands.


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This Is the Planet of Sound: RME Program Gives Aspiring Producers Hands-on Experience
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-09-09 20:35:10

Instructor Lars Rehnberg at The Sound Lab

As students sit around computers, microphones, and mixing tables, they ignore the technology and listen intently to Newton's laws of motion, learn an equation to find the frequency of a room, and see what a wavelength looks like. In audio engineering 101, on the second floor of the River Music Experience (RME) on the last Saturday in August, half a dozen beginners are being taught the fundamentals of acoustics.

Jesse Topping, 17, is one of these students. He grew up in a musical household; his mom played the cello since she was little, and Jesse plays piano, bass, and guitar. He has a computer recording program but is taking this class to better understand how to use it.

"I love the expression, the limitless possibilities of what you can do with sound as art," Topping said.

The class is a part of The Sound Lab, now in its fourth semester. The program offers three courses for aspiring music producers as well as for musicians who want to learn more about the recording industry.


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“We Share These Things with Other People”: “Moondances Chapter One” CD Release Party, August 28 at the Redstone Room
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-08-19 12:16:03

'Moondances Chapter One'The benefit compilation CD Moondances Chapter One begins with a song Ellis Kell wrote in memory of his daughter, and it ends with one written following his father's death. The second track, "You Can't Hurt Us Anymore" was penned for Sheltering Kevin, a documentary by Carolyn Wettstone about domestic violence.

That suggests a generosity not only of time and art but of spirit. Kell is not merely sharing his talents but also his difficult experiences and his heart. "I've always tried to draw something positive out of when these things happen, whether it was my daughter's passing or my father's passing," he said. "And we share these things with other people."


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A Worthwhile Investment: Naomi Greenwald, May 23 at Mojo’s
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-05-20 14:25:29

Naomi GreenwaldMany people lost a big chunk of their savings in last year's stock-market plunge, and that could have included Naomi Greenwald.

But before the markets tanked, Greenwald took her savings out. That money's now gone, but at least she has something to show for it: her self-titled debut album.

The Los Angeles-based Greenwald, who will be performing a free show at Mojo's on Saturday (in a duo with guitarist Jason Orme, who was part of Alanis Morissette's band), said that she has long been torn between school and music. She's 28 now and has just finished the second year of a five-year Ph.D. program at USC.
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The Best Parts Win: Ready the Destroyer, March 27 at the River Music Experience and April 3 at Mixtapes
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2009-03-25 15:59:21

Ready the Destroyer

The first thing to notice about the music of Chicago's Ready the Destroyer is that singer Neill Miller's guitar has a lot to say. Some guitarists are technically proficient, but the really good ones are able to give their instruments a voice. Miller's sings.

The unsigned Chicago trio -- which will be playing at the River Music Experience's performance hall on Friday and Mixtapes on April 3 -- plays punk-ish music with a strong sense of melody on both guitar and bass, not unlike the Alkaline Trio and Interpol, and clearly influenced by Hüsker Dü. It's a lean, rigorous, muscular sound in which the guitar, bass, and voice are all fighting to be the lead instrument - a busy din but without discord.


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