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  • Woods returns to its indie-rock roots

    published June 9, 2010

    There's been much conjecture on how to get your music heard in a time of eroding CD sales. Many bands are encouraged to embrace technology and... More >>

  • The Prids Are All Right

    published June 2, 2010

    If you make an indie-rock album and Built to Spill's Doug Martsch shows up, the battle is half-won right... More >>

  • Look Into Them

    published May 26, 2010

    Carey Mercer’s voice is uniquely expressive: Once you overcome the initial shock of his guttural quiver and strangled whoops, it’s... More >>

  • Concert preview: The National

    published May 26, 2010

    When it comes to nuanced gloom and prickly ennui, no one approaches the perfection of Matt Berninger. As the soul-plumbing baritone fronting... More >>

  • Say It Out Loud

    published May 26, 2010

    It feels like ages since we've heard from Holy Fuck. The instrumental Canadian quartet had a... More >>

  • Broken Bells' pop partnership

    published May 19, 2010

    If the Dead Weather, Atoms for Peace, and Them Crooked Vultures have taught us anything, it's that the supergroup is back. While it's easy to... More >>

  • Concert preview: Unnatural Helpers

    published May 12, 2010

    There's an instant charm to Unnatural Helpers' one- and two-minute songs. Cramming 15 of them onto the Seattle group's latest release,... More >>

  • Clubs preview: Javelin

    published May 5, 2010

    As foreshadowed by a pair of 12-inches on the Thrill Jockey label, Javelin's debut album is a feel-good free-for-all. No... More >>

  • High-Fivin' anthems from Fang Island

    published May 5, 2010

    There's a celebratory streak to Fang Island, even if it isn't always clear what exactly is being celebrated. The Brooklyn band's self-titled... More >>

  • Concert preview: Broken Social Scene

    published April 28, 2010

    From the title to the music itself, Broken Social Scene's new Forgiveness Rock Record plays like an apology for the unevenness of... More >>

  • Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner

    published April 28, 2010

    Transgender singer, songwriter, and performance artist Baby Dee landed on the radar of most indie-rock fans with 2008’s Safe Inside... More >>

  • A Bracing Dip

    published April 28, 2010

    There's no shortage of textures in the albums of Montreal's the Besnard Lakes. Seven-minute jams plunge into inky atmospheres and... More >>

  • Liars discover a "Sisterworld" in Los Angeles

    published April 21, 2010

    Liars have come full circle. After long stints in New York City and Berlin, the storied trio is again based in Los Angeles, the city of its... More >>

  • Open the Past

    published April 14, 2010

    Many musicians have shuffled in and out of the Wedding Present since its formation in 1985. Even... More >>

  • Concert preview: Spoon

    published April 7, 2010

    Spoon's seventh album, Transference, is disheveled even by the band's own standards. Britt Daniel's sawed-off voice cracks and... More >>

  • You Need

    published April 7, 2010

    Though the band began life with a postpunk clatter, Love Is All now leans toward vulnerable yet spiky pop. Two Thousand and Ten... More >>

  • Cosmic Disco Dragons

    published March 31, 2010

    Nestled among the all-star cast of guests on Gorillaz’ horizon-chasing opus, Plastic Beach, is a name that might not be familiar. The... More >>

  • Madam, I'm Adam

    published March 24, 2010

    Adam Green has come a long way since sharing the Moldy Peaches with Kimya Dawson. Or has he? The droll New York City lifer established... More >>

  • Lay with the Animal

    published March 17, 2010

    There’s not a whiff of Pacific Northwest rain in Mighty Tiger, perhaps because the Seattle band’s members hail from other parts... More >>

  • The Art Museums

    published March 10, 2010

    A collaboration between Whysp's Josh Alper and Skygreen Leopards' Glenn Donaldson, the Art Museums have cited early Style Council as a... More >>

  • Beaches break into Australia's heavy psych scene

    published March 10, 2010

    The Australian band Beaches isn't an all-woman supergroup, although its five members play in other bands and a few perceptive fans might... More >>

  • The Copenhagen Stomp

    published March 3, 2010

    Next to their Swedish counterparts, Danish bands have been underrepresented in the recent outpouring of Scandinavian music into the world at... More >>

  • Off the Farm

    published February 24, 2010

    There’s a proud tradition of outsider guitar-pop, and Irish native Brian Kelly has certainly paid his dues with the bedroom project turned... More >>

  • Women's Music

    published February 17, 2010

    Two Swedish singer-songwriters towing evocative band names, Victoria Bergsman and Sarah Assbring, are Taken by Trees and El Perro del... More >>

  • Merritt Based

    published February 17, 2010

    While Magnetic Fields mainstay Stephin Merritt hasn’t tried to duplicate the scope of 1999’s three-album set, 69 Love Songs, he... More >>

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