First Piece for Modern Rock Review: Greta Van Fleet

by Merry Mercurial (a) You can rearrange "Greta Van Fleet" as "Fatal Genre Vet." Have fun with this knowledge. (b) SO excited to be writing for Modern Rock Review! Here follows the first part of my first review. Many bands have given me mixed feelings. These guys dropped my feelings into a Ninja and hit …

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Now writing for Spill Magazine! About Loretta Lynn! And others!

by Merry Mercurial I've been happy to find a few new homes for my alternately angsty and bleeding-heart music opinions here lately. In addition to regularly contributing music features for Cover Me, I will soon have a little something something (about a band of less-little someone someones I've been dopily anxious to write about) (their …

Cover Me Feature: Happy Birthday, Dwight Yoakam!

by Merry Mercurial   Today my new new article, celebrating the b-day of the one the only Dwight Yoakam, appears on Cover Me: You would think Dwight Yoakam is as country as they come – he scored his first number-one single off an album called Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room. And when expressing excitement over his recent bluegrass …

Mr. Byrne Will Destroy You Now: Talking Heads and Other Craveable Crisis Music

by Merry Mercurial The story of the first song I didn't just want to hear but craved -- with a growling NOW and it didn’t matter who was there to find my taste raw and klutzy -- began on a rare non-miserably-hot North Carolina night. Boyfriend's car. Target parking lot. I wanted to hear “Something in the Air …

Out With the Lightning, in With the Sea: Rock and Roll and Mascots From Nature

by Merry Mercurial Metallica rides it; AC/DC's partial to its throaty echo. It formed the storm that damn near killed Stillwater. Its name is Lightning, Angry Scribble of the Skies, and it's probably the manifestation of nature most closely associated with rock music--and probably because, the mythos goes, it is just so sexy dangerous. In …

Music on Miller: Five Finger Death Punch, Kings of Leon, Sonny and Cher

by Merry Mercurial I am going to live forever. Immortality's going to become possible as soon as everybody stops staring at Aubrey de Grey's majestic beard and starts listening to him, and I'm there brother, with bells and Botox on. Point being that eventually, as part of a broader death-outwitting protocol, I may have to …

Catchy Without the Catch: Album Review (sorta) of Kota by Taylor Hawkins

by Merry Mercurial Here's where, if I were trying to be objective, I’d disclaim the ways in which I love Taylor Hawkins. Which aren’t heroically complex. Drums for Foo Fighters. Before that, drummed for Alanis Morrisette. Before that, tranquility and ecstasy fell in lust and spawned, and yall that lovechild was he; it was Taylor. …