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Songs That Go Bump in the Night – The Metropolist

There’s no getting it around it, today is Halloween. Whether you buy into it or not, seeing people dressed up as ghosts and stuff is pretty cool. So is listening to music that makes you shit yourself or wanna’ vomit. So we’ve compiled exactly that, music as selected by some of our writers that gives them the heebie jeebies (there’s some 18+ stuff in here, as a heads up). Read more…

Balance and Composure, The Band You Need to Know – Music Vita

Sometimes it feels as if we are running out of names for genres. Indie, shoe-gaze, dream pop, screamo – they all begin to fade into the ether, into a haze of amorphous sound. One such genre that has been steadily taking off is post-hardcore. A genre that sounds like emo grew up, came to terms with itself, began to listen to punk, and suddenly started to produce master artists – post-hardcore has a slew of bands that have taken off into the stratosphere of fame. After all, those teens who supported the emo genre in the early 2000s are grown up themselves. Despite the proliferation of the genre, there are several bands within it that can’t seem to crack the ice – perhaps a pitfall of supply vs. demand. Whatever the reason, the inimitable five-piece Balance and Composure are one such band. Read more…

Stickin’ it to the Man: Top 5 Politically Bad-Ass Bands

Poets, musicians, and artists are the chroniclers of time, not historians. They shape our collective cultural nostalgia. These artists are often the bane of politicians’ existences. They don’t take bribes, aren’t worried about re-election or how they will look in 10th grade history books. Instead, they look at the world around them without rose-colored glasses, and dare to voice (and strum and beat) their opinions. Read more…

Coming and Going: Does John Denver Epitomise American Travel?

For a man named Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (“Deutschendorf” translates as “German village”) to change his name to John Denver says a lot about his attitude to belonging. Despite claiming a particularly corny strand of homesick Americana as his own, Denver née Deutschendorf epitomised something about the coming and going of travel that just won’t leave us alone. And it’s just as well. iCrates’ very own cynical New Yorker finds space in her heart for Denver’s classic American road music. Chuck Klosterman wrote (and I paraphrase) that the beauty of road trip movies (and their music), is less about the places seen, but more about the personal development of the protagonist over the course of the trip; in other words ‘it’s the journey, not the destination’. Clichés are clichés for a reason, though, and Klosterman was right. In an era of American transformation, hitchhiking, and social liberation, the quintessential idea of American travel also changed. The unexpected harbinger of this American idea of travel was John Denver. While often written off as kitschy, Denver’s music …