The music on Read Music/Speak Spanish is an engaging amalgam of what passes for emo and what hedges on the last vestiges of alt-rock. Hints of Weezer pop up in "Manana," while "$$$$" sits comfortably between the Foo Fighters' soaring power chords and the twitching keyboards of The Anniversary. Oberst's preternaturally impressive couplets often complement Bright Eyes' lo-fi acoustics -- and their quality helps by making allowances for his over-emoting. But while members of the all-ages cult of Conor will surely fill their journals with accolades for Oberst's intentions, his vocal tirades are hard to look past. They're the one shortcoming on an otherwise pleasant debut that is a pumped-up contemporary to the melodic, muscular, sincere pop-punk of the Get-Up Kids and No Motiv.
Desaparecidos play The Earl Mon., Jan. 28.
Beck and Alabama Shakes...that's about it. I'm sure there's an unknown or two I would…
Well, this years Music Midtown sucks!
I'm pretty sure he was 19.
3 people apparently love handing over an extra 40% in fees for nothing in return…
Dang. I thought they would name some actual headliners.