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Getting real with Tumblr’s favorite editor

GIF it away now
The relationship between an editor and her writers can be a complicated one.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  May 16, 2012

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Active Child is preaching from the choir

Urban hymns
Since the invention of music, dudes have been harnessing their natural singing talents for one specific purpose: to pick up babes.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  May 08, 2012

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Deflecting feedback with the Dirty Dishes

Structurally sound
As we're all well aware by now, the window of musical-temporal referencing has sped up at an alarming rate.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 28, 2012

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Deciphering beauty in the Life and Times

Into the vast beyond
You're standing at the edge of a vast canyon.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 21, 2012

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Hanging in a crush-gaze balance with Cults

Metal worship
What do you think has been the most buzzed-about indie style over the past few years?
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 17, 2012

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PTSOTL names the shittiest songs of 2011

Kill your radio
PTSOTL names the shittiest songs of 2011
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 21, 2011



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Layering pop with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Boy racers
First impressions are everything, whether you're looking for a job, a date, or coming across a band for the first time — particularly one with a goofy-ass name that's made you ignore them for months.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 14, 2011

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Digitalism dance to the harmony of song

Heartthrob
Obviously there aren't meaningful lines between dance, pop, and indie-rock anymore, since more and more instrument-focused acts born as rock bands are leaning on the techniques of electronic music production to modernize their sound.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 22, 2011

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Noel Gallagher takes center stage

Fookin' birds
Oasis fans have long wondered what the Manchester band's records would have sounded like without Liam Gallagher in the mix.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 09, 2011

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The timely pop return of Emergency Music

So long to the subtle
"I would agree that Emergency Music started at a rough time to be in a band if you're comparing it to starting up a band in 2011," frontman Jesse Duquette offers via email.  
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 20, 2011

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Getting an alt-rock buzzcut with Yuck

Sonic mooch
Somewhere along the line in the history of music journalism, writing about the way a record sounds turned into drawing up a laundry list of predecessor comparisons.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 14, 2011



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Identity Festival rocks out the dance party

Beats happening
Genre predictions are dumb, but there is one thing absolutely certain in music: rock music is dead, and the era of electronic dominance is finally here.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  August 17, 2011

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Hot Water Music | The Fire, The Steel, The Tread/Adds Up to Nothing

No Idea/Chunksaah
It's been seven long years since Gainesville, Florida's Hot Water Music have released any new music.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  August 19, 2011

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The tasty return of Cibo Matto

Back on the menu
There's been a lot of talk recently about how the '90s are back, much of it by me.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  July 13, 2011

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The December Sound drop a sonic boom

Grand scale
Sonic mastermind Zack Sarzana (who returned from a sojourn to New York City a while back) and bandmates Jimmy Rossi Jr. and John McGuigan have always had a knack for finding the plot in a vast haze of feedback, occasionally shaping that cosmic stuff into a pop song cloaked in noise; or, at other times, simply laying waste to the room with power blasts of guitar-pedal mayhem.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  June 29, 2011

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Getting a sonic high with Ringo Deathstarr

Fully operational
The songs from Austin noise-pop trio Ringo Deathstarr — in particular, the devastating dopamine rush of "So High," which features a string of effects pedals marked "MBV" and "J+MC" and twitchy, whorling waves of feedback and call-and-response male/female vocals — have me pressing the play button on my computer repeatedly, like a lab monkey waiting for the cocaine pellet to pop out.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  June 29, 2011



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Dancing to life's desire lines with Lykke Li

Love & poison
You already love Lykke Li. You may not know that you do, exactly.  
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  May 20, 2011

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Arctic Monkeys escape the pitfalls of buzz

Post-hype sleeper
Three for three with critically acclaimed #1 albums in their native UK. Top spots in countries around the world with each release. Early hype for their forthcoming Suck It and See (Domino). That's a pretty good track record.  
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  May 12, 2011

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Chris Carrabba revisits Further Seems Forever

Second that emotion
For fanboys of a certain, oh, let's call it a distinguished temporal status, it was the emo-nerd equivalent of leaked footage from a new Star Wars installment showing up online: last August, the long-pined-for defunct Florida band Further Seems Forever released a video of themselves rehearsing their 2001 anthem "The Moon Is Down."  
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  April 26, 2011

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Cut Copy elevate the cycle of rock and dance

Heights & music
Talking about rock and dance music as if they were entirely separate entities is weird, because in the early years, they were essentially the same thing.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  April 04, 2011

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Richard Ashcroft digs America

Soul mission
Quite a month for Brit-rock fans of a certain age, innit? Thus far, we've seen a new Radiohead disc, Liam Gallagher resurfacing with Beady Eye, and even a Primal Scream tour behind the 20th anniversary of Screamadelica (though only in the UK, sadly). Now comes ol' Mad Richard himself.  
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 24, 2011


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