Author: Liam Sweeny

Music is hard to kill. No; it’s impossible to kill. As long as a person can slap their thigh in any time signature, any beat, there’s music, and the potential for more. Music, all art really, is special in that it is the companion of history – it tells the story history can’t. Matthew Pryce […]

Necessity is the mother of invention. So they say. But maybe invention was birthed in a commune of causes; maybe it has many mothers. Is the invention of a sweet ass groove, a need fulfilled, or a desire expressed? Whatever causes us to create new from old, or better yet new from nothing, the people […]

Alan Wilson Watts said that, “through our lives, the universe perceives itself.” And this perceiver believes that through creativity, the universe speaks to us. And rarely, we find people who seem to have no limit on the creative roads they can travel. Their universes are multilingual. Tara Rule is just such a person. She’s an […]

There’s a debate, perhaps only in this writer’s head, about genre. What role do we, as artists, play in the forming of a genre? At what point does an artist pushing the envelope from one genre become a whole new genre? And can I declare a genre for my music, or must it be conferred […]

I personally love ‘outlaw country.’ I was listening to Merle Haggard when I was five and my dad and his friends would babysit me at their favorite bar. Fun times. I think it’s hard these days to call something ‘outlaw country,’ because it’s either that a band calls itself that, or their groove moves you […]

Some people are just interesting. It isn’t their clothes or their hair, but those things are interesting because why wouldn’t they be? These people are just interesting. Their presence at a thing is what makes it a “thing.” And if you get a chance to see what makes them tick, you might want to wind […]

Music is movement. That’s not a metaphor; it’s the movement of air particles, and changes in the pressure that drives them. We use our instruments to change the air, and in turn, it changes us, in some cases, to get up and move our bodies in syncopation to the air. It’s the closest thing to […]

Music has had an amazing ability to adapt to the most stringent adversity, and the pandemic has been case in point, seeing bands once reliant on their live sets eaking out an existence with livestreams and social media. But on October 1st, Facebook is putting down an iron fist. WeRaveYou has the story. Facebook adds […]

In January of 2002, Budweiser aired a 9/11 Tribute commercial only once, so as not to profit from it. Today is the 19th anniversary of the catastrophic attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It hits us especially hard this year, because, like that day, Americand are called upon to rise to a […]

Reality can be bleached by the news tickers and the 9-to-5s and the endless pile of pills that cry out to be juggled. And then you see it: that flash of color. The shapes, stroke and gloriously blended gradients that soak into that bleached timeline to remind us that there’s more to live than the […]


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