Author: Liam Sweeny

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On lonely stretches of road, where the houses are only close enough to let you know you’re in habitable land, he’s been your copilot, the only one you’ve trusted to mess with the music. He screws around with you at the office, when all the ‘kill me now’ memes apply. He’s brought you the greatest […]

Art doesn’t roost in between staff lines on sheet music, nor can it fit squarely on a palette, or the tip of a pencil. Art is constantly moving, constantly breaking the next barrier. In fact, so much of our lives are shaped by art as we drive down the street, we forget that it’s even […]

Sometimes someone comes along and blows the doors off the local scene. It can’t be predicted, only enjoyed, for you know, sure as the Shure mic they’re clutching that the wind will blow and carry them off to the waking world, leaving all of us dreamers speechless. And if we’re lucky, we might be by […]

The modern world, in many ways, is a created thing. Not getting religious or philosophical, just saying that every graphic, every jingle, every eight-thirty a.m. pre-work cranker was created. Yes, yes, your favorite band, but more than that; the world as we know it is propped up by names that appear in the liner notes […]

We don’t consider every painted thing art. Some of it, we call “decoration.” We don’t call every formed thing “sculpture” either; for some of it, we look at it and we designate it as “craft” So what truly is the difference between the art and the craft? Between the thing that looks pretty, and the […]

In a music scene, friendship is a fact that’s tough to dispute. We’re all keepers of a tradition that has the initiation fee of practice, wages of disinterest and rejection, and a camaraderie that finds its joy on shared bills and in the backs of music stores. And while we sling ink and not an […]

When we talk about music, we talk about genres, and grooves, and what story it tells, and what feeling it imparts. It’s as if we can somehow separate it from the people that perform it. That’s a relatively new way of thinking about it, as new as phonographs, anyway. For most of human existence, the […]

Art is the currency of meaning. The great thing about such a currency is that you don’t need to hoard it, because just one work can grow in meaning, or change meaning over time, and all you have to do is listen, or take a look in that special frame of mind. It is dug […]

There’s a quality to a band, an unspoken quality that tells you you’re listening to music and not windchimes coincidentally keeping time to a busted trash can lid flapping in the wind. Yes, it’s unspoken… but I pay for ink by the barrel, so let me try. It’s solidity. The whole of a song can’t […]

Performing is a power. When you have an instrument that you know how to wield, or a voice you know how to elicit a sweet tone from, you’re a superhero. You may be a mutant of natural talent, or an equipped super-soldier, but you don’t go to the bars or the clubs or the dance […]


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