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Eternal Summers find trust in others

Eternal Summers started as a guitar-and-drums duo in Roanoke, Virginia, in 2009.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  December 12, 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


Re-Endtroducing DJ Shadow

After a long phone conversation, the last thing I asked Josh Davis, was, if at age 40, he still had something to prove.
By: DAN WEISS  |  December 07, 2012


What's F'n Next? | Heaven's Gate

After disbanding his punky noise-pop four-piece Sweet Bulbs last year, guitarist Mike Sheffield dove right into assembling his new Brooklyn band Heaven's Gate by having them open a show he'd already booked for touring friends.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  December 03, 2012


Parlour Bells' moonlight dance

Cellars by Starlight
Few things that happen so frequently are as revered as nightfall.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 03, 2012


Simian Mobile Disco get a move on

Occasionally someone will find the Virgin Mary's image on a slice of toast, or they're sure they see grandpa's face in a patch of clouds.
By: REYAN ALI  |  December 03, 2012


Boxed and Ready: CD Box Sets

Hey, the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary isn’t the only ancient history to get hopped up about this year — here are some other treasures from the vaults.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 05, 2012


The Faint: Futurists look to the past

Although we are grateful for our lovely modern gizmos, the consequent deluge of culture and information has made it tricky to pinpoint precisely what makes a record "classic."
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  December 03, 2012


Hip-Hop: Get On Down

The record industry has always treated hip-hop as a disposable commodity, so that even iconic work has gone without the slick packaging of archival rock and pop projects.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2012


The explosive center of Boys Noize

In recent years, the ascent of electronic music has caused some anxiety among the sensitive and the conservative.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 26, 2012


Slaine’s next number

Rap sheet
It's been two years since Slaine drove the getaway car in Ben Affleck's Boston heist flick The Town .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 03, 2012


What's F'n Next? Stepdad

Grand Rapids, Michigan
The kaleidoscopic neon-pop of Stepdad, which shares some sonic DNA with the Double-P, has unpredictably blown out of Grand Rapids.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 26, 2012


The musical activism of Boots Riley

When Occupy erupted last year, politically aggressive artists had the choice either to walk the walk or quiet down.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 26, 2012


Sonic Jr.: On the record with engineer Justin Pizzoferrato

Cellars by Starlight
In talking to a cross section of talented musicians about their craft, certain themes repeat, and sometimes the names of certain people.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 26, 2012


Lamb of God's arrested development

Lamb of God, a crew of Virginia pummelers who have been riding the rock-and-rollercoaster since their formation as Burn the Priest in 1990, had this year reached a point that veteran bands often do, when the momentum of their early, hungry stage was replaced by a machine-like state of perpetual activity.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 19, 2012


Dead Cats Dead Rats can't slow down

Dead Cats Dead Rats have found a few musical truths about themselves to be self-evident: they're fast, they're unapologetic, and they're at their best when capitalizing on a combination of the two.
By: HILARY HUGHES  |  November 19, 2012


Gaslight Anthem still burns

Four records in and still suffering the endless comparison treatment, it's high time folks started to let the Gaslight Anthem exist on its own merits, without the looming specter of that iconic fellow Garden State native.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 21, 2012


What’s F’n next: Tanlines

The formation of Tanlines was as inevitable as it was organic.
By: MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 16, 2012


Crate digging with Hub rap archaeologist Pacey Foster

Hip-Hop History
Pacey Foster used to fly home from college in Indiana, hustle to his Newton bedroom, and reach straight for the radio dial.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 15, 2012


What's F'n Next? Metz

Toronto, Canada
The joke's on you if you still think Canada is just our laid-back, friendly neighbor up north. Futher proof to the contrary: Toronto's METZ, who would lead you to believe that Canada is one big furious mosh pit.
By: PERRY EATON  |  November 14, 2012

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