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TV Ghost | Mass Dream
In the Red (2011)
Welcome to beautiful Lafayette, Indiana: population 67,000, plus the four rapidly disintegrating psyches of the guys in TV Ghost.
| April 13, 2011
Sampling rock success with the Go! Team
To hell with the average indie-rock band consisting of "four blokes with guitars" — Ian Parton isn't having any of it.
| April 06, 2011
Parts & Labor | Constant Future
Everybody forgets just how good Bear vs. Shark were. After the band split in 2005, their furious inventiveness and impeccable grasp of topsy-turvy songwriting somehow evaporated into the cultural mists.
| March 31, 2011
Cold Cave | Cherish the Light Years
The '80s have been dead for a while, but the decade's goth-rock/post-punk/synth-pop sounds still maintain cultural prestige.
| March 23, 2011
The Death Set | Michel Poiccard
Michel Poiccard insists on having it all.
| March 17, 2011
Obits | Moody, Standard, and Poor
Sub Pop (2011)
Rick Froberg's co-workers have no idea how much he hates his office job and the people around him
| March 08, 2011
The Luyas | Too Beautiful To Work
Dead Oceans (2011)
The tone and feel of this release suggests the Luyas are at a big party where they don't really know anyone. The indie-pop four-piece from Montreal are well dressed and clinging to a couch in the corner.
| February 23, 2011
Exploring the frosty electronic pleasures of Brahms
Naming your band after a mighty musical figure whose work has preceded your group's by almost a couple of centuries takes some moxie, but don't mistake this choice for hubris. It's not quite a tribute, says Brahms's Cale Parks, but rather a way to channel something from his past.
| February 22, 2011
Life still sounds good for GNR's Tommy Stinson
Stinson's legacy isn't entirely based on playing back-up. He's also chiseled out a side career as a guitarist and singer, creating a repertoire of hooky alt-rock songs in side projects Bash & Pop and Perfect and, most recently, in work released under his own name.
| February 18, 2011
Darkest Hour | The Human Romance
Century Media (2011)
My earliest exposure to Darkest Hour came via “Sound the Surrender,” off 2005’s Undoing Ruin. It was an arresting introduction: dystopian metalcore/sorta death metal paired with an unexpectedly effective piano hook.
| February 16, 2011
La Sera | La Sera
Hardly Art (2011)
Rule #17 of survival in the DIY-ish indie-rock circuit: always stay busy.
| February 09, 2011
Creating sound collages with The Hood Internet
The Hood Internet are part of a wave of mash-up-centric artists working in Danger's wake.
| February 10, 2011
Review: The Go! Team | Rolling Blackouts
Memphis Industries (2011)
For close to a decade now, this Brighton (UK) band have gleefully championed going all in.
| January 27, 2011
Death | Spiritual, Mental, Physical
Drag City (2011)
Death's story is one of felicitous, accidental rebirth.
| January 19, 2011
Two Door Cinema Club embrace dance hooks
If a band play and no one is around to hear them, do they make a sound?
| January 12, 2011
White Lies | Ritual
If the bombast of Ritual is any indicator, nights out with White Lies must be dramatic, humorless affairs. Life-altering monologues will be recited, voices will be raised, glasses will be smashed, blood will be spilt.
| January 11, 2011
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger explore dualism
Parts of a whole
When Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl started the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT), the project was intended as a bit of a joke — an acoustic-folk thing that wasn't supposed to lead to anything particularly serious.
| January 06, 2011
Tennis | Cape Dory
Fat Possum Records (2011)
Cape Dory is a debut swathed in love-struck naiveté.
| January 07, 2011
4 New Obscure Music Subgenres of 2010
Revisiting a year of tags, trends, and tribulations
Artists may not like to admit it, but genres are and always will be invaluable for discussing music.
| December 21, 2010
My Chemical Romance | Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Loath as My Chemical Romance might be to admit it, they were once an emo band, as their teaming of jagged pop-punk with love-is-pain lyrical histrionics attests.
| November 22, 2010
Dessa and Doomtree spread beyond hip-hop roots
Come together and grow
A dash of coincidence provoked Margret Wander's relatively quick entry into Doomtree, the hip-hop crew whose "Wings + Teeth Tour" comes to the Middle East a week from Saturday.
| November 16, 2010
The Current Issue
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Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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