That's just scratching the surface. And while, like Soderberg, I enjoy finding bands that push for new sounds and formats, there's still something about a heavily distorted chord progression or a melodic jangly riff that catches the ear. As with any instrument—and this applies to the broader, non-musical definition of the word too—the object matters less than the artistry and creativity of the user. Musicians, especially here in Baltimore, have proven adept at twisting, contorting, and reshaping established norms. And then there are moments, like a new Spoon record or hearing Wye Oak run through old standards, that show the basics can still be just as alluring.