The same way people get stuck in a music rut, listening to the same bands and the same albums over and over, people get in food and drink ruts. Never fear, though: just take this seven-day menu of creative drink, music, and dish pairings, and you’ll be out of that routine in no time.
After a 2012 bus crash left multiple band members injured, Baroness took a well-deserved break from writing new music. Purple, three years later, became the symbol of their music’s endurance and their own dedication to their art; masterful, intense, and full of unique new sounds, the album was nothing short of a triumphant return for the band.
Go forth, catch that Dragonair or Scyther or Rapidash, whilst listening to a variety of chiptuney, video-gamey, nostalgia-saturated songs that are guaranteed to draw the rarest of Pokémon to your current location
It wasn’t punk, per se, but it propped open the door for the explosion Ireland was about to witness: first the Pogues and Mahones, who in turn spawned a wave of other groups, all singing about the same things, the same inherently Irish experiences, over that undeniably punk sound.
If Gone Is Gone sounds vaguely familiar, it’s probably because the members are veterans in the hard rock arena. The supergroup’s self-titled debut EP is, without a doubt, distinctive. At times darkly languishing, expansive, and even psychedelic, Gone Is Gone pushes the boundaries of what heavy music should be.
It always makes me nervous listening to a band’s second full-length, but I shouldn’t have bothered, because Everything Was Sound gives Native Blood, a run for its money. It’s a call to arms, a tirade against a society that stigmatizes mental illness. It’s pushing back against misconceptions, and that’s something we can all get behind.
Sometimes you need something light and carefree, the way you’ll sneak a piece of cake when you’re on a diet—a cheat day of sorts. And even if you rarely pay any mind to that type of music, it can ignite something different in you, too. I guess that’s the point of festivals like Firefly: not to see the bands you already know, but to see something new that can change you for the better.