Appeared: April 18, 2008
What is it about Austin and epic rock music? Explosions in the Sky burst (sorry) onto the scene a few years ago with a distinctive combination of tenderness and majesty. Add to the list of blue-ribbon bands playing in this general style: Meridianwest, Ghosts of the Russian Empire and, now, Jets under Fire, whose “Kingdoms” I’ve now heard about a million times. I’m sure there are others, but I can’t get enough of them. A better music critic than I could tell you why the epic sound is conquering the city one recording and live concert at a time.
By Michael Barnes – Entertainment Editor for the Austin American-Statesman