Like the more established Sisters of Mercy, the March Violets emerged from Leeds, England, in the early '80s with brooding songs driven by shadowy guitar stabs and programmed rock drumming. But their best-of collection The Botanic Verses proves the Violets were less apocalyptic and one-dimensional than the Sisters. Sure, vocalist Simon Denbigh sounds like a vampire, but the Violets frequently reached beyond the black, threading syncopated dance beats and pop melodies into their cobwebbed creations.
By Paul Trynka on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Recorded over two performances at Detroit's moth-eaten Michigan Palace in October 1973 and February 1974, during a juddering, chaotic string of live dates when Iggy and his Stooges had been cut loose from both manage...
By Mark Paytress on 04.22.11 in Reviews
For a few months in 1978, the Slits had the future of rock within their grasp. Harnessing their roughly hewn skills to a musical vision signposted by Zappa and Beefheart, their spring session for John Peel's radio sh...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.
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