The beat music that longs for the '60s before drugs, and love before wisdom, is nonetheless radical — for their amped-up second album, Beat Happening take the Replacements 'line about music having too many notes literally. The absence of bass ingeniously emphasizes a powerful floor tom while the guitar distortion clears the head for straight talk and suggestive nonsense. Calvin's voice looms like a rockabilly ghoul, while Heather's skips rope. His "Indian Summer" became the oft-covered classic, but her "In Between" was the key song — a kind of bed-bouncing, punk rock house music for the subconscious. Only Public Enemy presented as great a challenge in 1988, or stands up so well.
By Gillian G. Gaar on 11.26.14 in Features
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By Wondering Sound Staff on 08.22.14 in News
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By Laura Leebove on 05.22.14 in Live in Pictures
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By Megan Seling on 05.13.14 in Reviews
After going through what her press release refers to as a "scorching" break-up, Mirah did what any grief-stricken human would do — she burned down the world as she knew it and started to rebuild with some help from her f...