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Less than Less Than Zero
A quarter-century after the debut of Less Than Zero , in what amounts to a self-referential epilogue, Ellis's spoiled children have grown into spoiled adults, and the magnets in their moral compasses rest askew.
| July 27, 2010
Best Coast | Crazy For You
Mexican Summer (2010)
The simplicity that Best Coast have cultivated on a handful of '60s-inspired, surfside fuzz-pop EPs and singles over the past year or so has created an easy opening for the band to deliver on the blog cred they've racked up in the same time frame.
| July 20, 2010
Light Pollution | Apparitions
Light Pollution unabashedly endorse marijuana use: “How many glass pipes can you find in this picture?” the band ask under a press photo posted on their MySpace.
| June 24, 2010
Suckers | Wild Smile
Dissenting from the almighty forces of fuzz-pop and the subgenres that have defined its counterparts for the past year or so, the Brooklyn-based Suckers' debut full-length is both frustratingly and pleasantly difficult to place in today's indie-rock landscape.
| June 16, 2010
Ratatat | LP4
LP4 sounds a whole lot like the Ratatat of yesteryear, but with global embellishments, non-sequitur vocal interludes, and sprawling hooks.
| June 04, 2010
Beach Fossils | Beach Fossils
Captured Tracks (2010)
There are currently no functioning synonyms (ask Thesaurus) for the term “lo-fi,” so I’ll spare us all the agony of trying to find a more nuanced way to pigeonhole this band.
| May 19, 2010
Phosphorescent | Here’s To Taking It Easy
Dead Oceans (2010)
What was once an aching, drowsy fireside croon fest (2007’s Pride ) has taken a blatant leap into hoedown territory on singer/guitarist Matthew Houck’s latest effort.
| May 11, 2010
Flying Lotus | Cosmogramma
Only an experimental laptop artist whose music exists primarily for pensive white weedheads would purport his new album to be “basically the studies that map out the universe and the relations of heaven and hell.”
| May 03, 2010
Javelin | No Más
Luaka Bop (2010)
No offense to 2009 or anything, but there’s something really refreshing about a Brooklyn-based, MySpace-made indie band’s releasing an album devoid of blatant art-rock agendas and half-assed attempts at cohesion.
| April 14, 2010
Dum Dum Girls | I Will Be
Sub Pop (2010)
Kristin Gundred serves up a slightly softer version of the concise, lo-fi throwback bliss that the White Stripes perfected with “Fell in Love With a Girl” in 2002.
| March 30, 2010
Jónsi | Go
To the Sigur Rós fans still weeping over the band’s decision to scrap their latest full-length and take an indefinite paternity leave: dry your tears with Jónsi’s uplifting solo debut.
| March 23, 2010
jj | jj N° 3
Secretly Canadian (2010)
Secretly Canadian's new acquisitions (and future touring partners of the xx) continue to harness dualities that leave them smack dab between savvy-kitschy and kitschy-kitschy.
| February 23, 2010
These two bearded dudes walk into a bar
Battle of the beards in Somerville
Ever wonder what the world would be like if growing facial hair were a professional sport?
| February 19, 2010
Xiu Xiu | Dear God, I Hate Myself
Kill Rock Stars (2010)
The reigning King of Discomfort, Jamie Stewart, and his new bandmate, Angela Seo (who took Cold Caveward–bound Caralee McElroy's place last year), recently released a video for this album's title track in which Seo forces herself to puke in front of the camera.
| February 16, 2010
Local Natives | Gorilla Manor
Afropoppy, orchestral and baroque, driven by catchy three-part harmonies, Fleet Foxes/Andrew Bird–inspired, yadda-yadda-yadda.
| February 09, 2010
Review: Patti Smith's Just Kids
The small prophecies of Patti Smith
How do you get to be the Godmother of Punk? Pure dumb luck, for starters.
| February 08, 2010
Review: Melt-Banana at Middle East Downstairs
Melt-Banana, live at Middle East Downstairs, November 24, 2009
For the unfamiliar, trying to figure out what's going on at a Melt-Banana live show is sort of like trying to transcribe the gibberish conversations of your characters in The Sims. It's really confusing and unproductive.
| December 01, 2009
Review: Suzanne Vega at Sanders Theatre
Suzanne Vega, live at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, November 6, 2009
At the request of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, folk/alt-rock legend Suzanne Vega performed in Prague on Saturday with the likes of Lou Reed and Joan Baez to honor the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
| November 17, 2009
Review: Mirah at Somerville Theatre
At the Somerville Theatre, October 9, 2009
The mid-March release date of Portland-based singer/songwriter Mirah’s newest solo album, (A)spera , seemed ill fitting.
| October 15, 2009
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