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What's F'n Next? FIDLAR

Los Angeles, California
Ask FIDLAR bassist Brandon Schwartzel some basic questions about his band, and his answers reflect more than a bit of weariness with the rigmarole of publicity and music journalism.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 19, 2013


The empowerment of Kate Nash

Singer-songwriter Kate Nash was recently named a Global Ambassador for the Because I Am a Girl initiative, which aims to give females in developing countries the opportunity for a better life.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 05, 2013


Desaparecidos experience rebirth

In 2001, Desaparecidos were just another band formed by Conor Oberst, already a veteran of the Omaha music scene at the tender age of 21.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  February 20, 2013


There’s hope for the Vaccines

Every few years, a guitar band forms and swaggers up the charts on the strength of music that captures the UK's youthful zeitgeist.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  January 23, 2013


The bright lights of Ellie Goulding

Long before Ellie Goulding hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in summer 2012 with "Lights" — a starry-eyed dance-floor trifle with subtle neo-disco beats and sleek keyboard burbles — the singer-songwriter was a star in her native England.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  January 18, 2013


Starting the party — and ending it — with Bad Rabbits

Cellars by Starlight
In late November, Boston's self-proclaimed "post-R&B" band Bad Rabbits released a new song called "We Can Roll."
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  December 21, 2012


Tegan & Sara set a new sound

If there were any question that confessional pop darlings Tegan and Sara were heading in a new direction with their forthcoming album, Heartthrob (Warner Bros), the upbeat new single "Closer" dispells these doubts.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  December 12, 2012


The Corin Tucker Band let it rip

On a recent Sunday night at Cleveland's Grog Shop, a small but devoted crowd shimmied enthusiastically as the Corin Tucker Band ripped through most of their new album, Kill My Blues.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 25, 2012


Bloc Party regain their post-punk edge

Four, squared
When Bloc Party announced in 2009 that they were taking a break, the band's future was a big question mark.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 14, 2012


Maximo Park | The National Health

Straight to the Sun (2012)
Maximo Park have always slipped through the cracks in the US, a fact that borders on the criminal: besides being one of the most consistent post-Britpop acts around, the Newcastle quintet is also one of the genre's most adventurous bands.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 04, 2012


Nü Sensae | Sundowning

Suicide Squeeze
Grunge-punk shriekers Nü Sensae hail from Vancouver, and originally formed as the duo of bassist/vocalist Andrea Lukic and drummer Daniel Pitout.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  August 21, 2012


mewithoutYou delve deeper into storytelling

A new voice
During the last few years, each member of mewithoutYou returned to college in between musical pursuits.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  August 07, 2012


The experimental fusion of Liars

Wishing well
When Liars first emerged a decade ago, their post-punk thrashing, no-wave abrasion, and feral howls felt dangerous — the sound of a zombie apocalypse before it was trendy.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  July 17, 2012


Empires | Garage Hymns

 History (2012)
In 2011, Empires came tantalizingly close to winning a record deal and a Rolling Stone cover story after making it to the final four of the magazine's "Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?" contest.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  June 19, 2012


The preservation of Carolina Chocolate Drops

Living history
Seeing a Carolina Chocolate Drops concert is a transformative experience — and not just because of the old-time string band's immense talents and diverse instrumentation.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  May 29, 2012


Porcelain Raft eases out of the shadows

Calming effect
Although Porcelain Raft released their debut full-length, Strange Weekend (Secretly Canadian), earlier this year, the project's mastermind, Mauro Remiddi, is no novice.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  May 22, 2012


The Feelies look back by moving forward

Jersey sure
Legendary New Jersey underground rockers the Feelies have always existed outside genre boundaries.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  May 08, 2012


The Cribs | In The Belly Of the Brazen Bull

Wichita Records (2012)
In the 2000s, the Cribs initially drew comparisons to the Libertines, the Strokes, and other rag-tag rockers when they formed in West Yorkshire, England.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  May 01, 2012


Diamond Rugs | Diamond Rugs

Partisan (2012)
Deer Tick ringleader John McCauley doesn't know what to do with himself if he isn't making music.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  April 24, 2012


Maps & Atlases | Beware And Be Grateful

Barsuk (2012)
Early in their career, Maps & Atlases reveled in being math-rock whizzes fond of sparkly percussion, frantic tempos, and finger-tapped guitars.
By: ANNIE ZALESKI  |  April 17, 2012
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